The NBA Core Four

Welcome to the Core Four where we share four core plays for FantasyDraft that you are going to want to target for your NBA DFS contests on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

In this article, I will be giving you four players to target in your cash game lineups for FantasyDraft. They will consist of two guards with one of the guards being a value play and two forwards/centers with one of those players being a value play as well.


Malcolm Delaney-$9,100-ATL

The elite forwards and centers on this slate are head and shoulders better than the elite guards. Due to this fact, I am going to be spending down at the guard position tonight in an attempt to roster as many as those elite forwards and centers as possible. With that in mind, I am actually going to give you two value plays at the guard position on this slate instead of my normal one mid-tier or expensive guard and one value guard. The first value guard I want to talk about on this slate is Delaney as Dennis Schroder has been ruled out already for tonight’s game. With Schroder out on Monday, Delaney got the start and played 33 minutes. While Delaney was not great in those minutes he was not bad as he did have ten points, four rebounds and two steals on his way to 19.5 fantasy points. Tonight I expect Delaney to play a similar number of minutes and to have even better production as he should improve on his 33% shooting and hand out more than one assist tonight. At his salary, Delaney is a must play for me especially in cash games.

Value Guard

Tony Snell-$6,900-MIL

I hate to roster Snell as I don’t think he is a good or even average NBA player but he holds value tonight. The reason why Snell holds value tonight is due to his dirt cheap salary and the number of minutes he plays. Snell always plays heavy minutes for the Bucks and in the past three games, he is averaging just over 34 minutes a game. Now, Snell hasn’t always produced when given big minutes as if memory serves me correctly last season he had several games where he played over 30 minutes and produced in the low single digits. That has not been the case however in the early part of this season as Snell is averaging a respectable 11 points, 2.5 rebounds and steal in his four games. Snell has produced at least 19.5 fantasy points in the three games that he has played over 30 minutes and I expect him to have similar production tonight. If Snell does reach that level of production it would easily pay off his salary. More importantly rostering Snell gives you the salary relief needed to roster some of the studs you are going to want on this small slate.


DeMarcus Cousins-$21,900-NO

There are two stud players that I am going to do everything in my power to fit them in my lineup. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of those studs with Cousins being the other especially if Anthony Davis is not able to play tonight. While Cousins holds a lot of value with Davis in the lineup his stock just skyrockets when Davis is out due to his elite usage rate. This season with Davis off the court, Cousins has a usage rate of 40.7%. In the game against Portland in which Davis left within the first five minutes of the game due to injury, Cousins had a usage rate of 45.4%. That elite usage rate along with Cousins ability to rack up the rebounds (12.0 RPG), assists (4.5 APG) and defensive stats (4.3 BPG+SPG) should allow Cousins to produce well over 60 fantasy points for the third time this season. If you need even more reasons to play Cousins other than those reasons listed above the Pelicans also play the Kings tonight. Cousins always plays better with a chip on his shoulder or angry and I imagine he plays with both on his shoulder against his former team.

Value Forward/Center

Lauri Markkanen-$10,900-CHI

Markkanen is one of my top dollar for dollar plays on this slate. Markkanen due to the fight between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic which left Portis suspended and Mirotic with a broken face has been forced to play big minutes for the Bulls in their absence. The rookie for Arizona has played at least 30 minutes in each of the Bulls first three games. Markkanen is not only playing big minutes but he is producing huge stats with averages of 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and a block+steal. Markkanen has produced at least 28 fantasy points in each of those games and I don’t see him not having that level of production tonight against a Hawks team that has struggled to contain big men this season.

Zach Qualtieri

Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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