NBA Core Plays: Saturday, November 10th
Andy Means will be bringing Premium subscribers his top cash game plays and tournament pivots to build around. A former Duke basketball walk-on and now top-ranked DFS player, Andy will take an in-depth look into each of his core plays, and then blend it all together from a roster construction perspective. On weekends, the great Justin Van Zuiden takes the reigns.
Saturday, November 10th
Happy Saturday, Grinders! I am here to keep you covered over the weekend, and hopefully we can make some nice NBA cheddar along the way!
For those that read this article last year, welcome back. For those that are new, thanks for reading! Here is a quick review of what I am trying to accomplish with NBA Core Plays.
First and foremost, the Core Plays I reference below are for cash game formats (e.g. 50/50, H2H, double-ups). They are the players I think you absolutely must have in your cash game lineup(s) on that day’s main slate. There is a ton of great DFS information available nowadays. However, it can also be difficult to comb through all of that information and know whom exactly to put in your lineup. After reading a lot of articles and listening to a few podcasts, you suddenly are left thinking that there are 20 guys you should be putting into your cash game lineup (“Player X is an elite play!”; “Player Y is perfect for cash games!”; “Player Z is viable in all formats!”).
My goal with this article is to actually prioritize all of those viable plays. So the first player you see listed below is who I think is the most important. The second player listed is the second most important and so on and so forth. I will usually provide 3-4 players each day. While some (or all) of the plays may seem obvious, we still want to make those plays and let our opponents be the ones to make the mistakes. Not building around this core set of players, in my opinion, is a recipe for an unprofitable night.
Since I know a lot of DFS players only play tournaments, I also provide tournament pivots off of those Core Plays. I usually try to have the pivots be from the same position, same game, or same price range. The Core Plays will usually see some of the highest ownership on the slate, so how you mix them into your lineups for tournaments is up to your own personal tournament strategy.
*IMPORTANT: I will make every effort to update this article as news breaks until approximately one hour before rosters lock. So please check back throughout the day as I update my Core Plays. However, if time is tight, I will forego the analysis here and only update my tags on LineupHQ. I plan to keep the tags updated on LineupHQ all the way up until lineup lock, so always make sure to check there first. Remember, what may be a great play at 2:00 PM is not always a great play at 7:00 PM.
1) Quinn Cook, Golden State Warriors
FanDuel – $4,400
DraftKings – $4,200
FantasyDraft – $8,200
We are still dealing with a small sample size with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both off the floor, but there is plenty of opportunity for the Warriors tonight. Quinn Cook should start in place of Curry, especially with Shaun Livingston also out, and Cook carries a respectable 29% usage rate with those two players off the floor — in addition to his dirt cheap DFS price tag. Per CourtIQ, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both see 15% bumps in usage, and that’s a huge mark. Fire up your Warriors tonight as they look to bounce back after a bad loss, but I’ll focus here on Cook as the top point per dollar option. He jumped right in with a 15/2/15 line over 19 minutes on Thursday, with much of that coming after Curry left due to his injury.
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