NBA Core Plays: Thursday, January 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.

Thursday, January 10th

For those that read this article the past few years, welcome back. For those that are new, I appreciate you stopping by! 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 3-5 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 slate.

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  • Andy Means (meansy53)

  • Andy Means, aka meansy53, was a walk-on with the esteemed Duke University basketball team for three years before graduating in 2004. He has a Masters in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has been playing DFS since 2014 – professionally since 2016. He is a featured contributor for RotoGrinders who has qualified for multiple live finals and displays his extensive basketball knowledge as the lead host of our top premium show – NBA Crunch Time.

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  • ViN_GLeaSaL

    How can you say schroeder is the best of the worst? Hes in the same range as Dwayne wade and marcus smart, wade has been 5x like 6 out of the last 7 games lol. Schroeder is consistently 2-3x, dont understand this play at all.

  • apeterson8809

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    You don’t think the Pistons have the best match up? ;) Great work Andy, always appreciate this read.

  • TheAcknickulousOne

    Because Smart & Wade are playing in a pace down matchup with the lowest game total on the slate. OKC is projected for the 3rd most points, 5.5 more than BOS & 8 more than MIA. Plus he’s coming in on bad form recently which should depress his ownership compared to the other two.

  • brannigan73

    Wade is facing the best defense in the league arguably and Waiters is back. I would argue Reggie Jackson is a better cheap play then Schroeder provided he is in the 28-30 min range. I probably will be swallowing a bitter pill and roster Jackson and Bullock as two cheap guys then a sub 4000 guy as my funt.

  • Maddyb

    All the speculation on these guys minutes is exactly why Schroder is the cash game option.. you know he is going to get his 28-30 minutes

  • ViN_GLeaSaL

    go ahead and take schroeder then lol, and ill take the money in the end.

  • ViN_GLeaSaL

    brannigan, reggie is a PG and schroeder is a SG on fanduel. Im rostering reggie tonight!

  • wwhis

    Why is Jon Leuer coded a core play on DK linueupHQ?

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