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 Friday, November 17, 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.


Jeff Teague-$12,500-MIN

Teague despite this being a large slate with plenty of big named players is one of my favorite cash game guards tonight. The reason why I really like Teague tonight is due to his consistent play and the match-up against the Mavs. Teague has produced at least 25 fantasy points in all but three of his 14 games this season and has produced at least 29 fantasy points in nine of his past 12 games. One of those games where Teague produced at least 29 fantasy points was against the Mavs. In that game, Teague had a stat line of 11/3/10 with two blocks and three steals on his way to 39.25 fantasy points. With the Mavs ranking in the bottom five in terms of defensive efficiency and in the bottom ten in terms of fantasy points allowed per game to point guards, there is no doubt in my mind that Teague has another solid game in this one.

Value Guard

Rajon Rondo-$9,100-NO

I gave you one of my top cash game guards earlier in the article and now I am going to give you one of my favorite GPP guards on this slate in Rondo. Rondo managed to make his way back from injury two games ago and in his limited minutes has looked good. Rondo has only played 18 minutes this season but in those minutes he has 6 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal. Rondo is averaging 1.36 fantasy points per minute in those games and is coming off a 20 fantasy point performance in his last game out. Tonight we could see even bigger numbers from Rondo as he is expected to play 22 to 24 minutes and is in a great match-up against a Nuggets team that is allowing the second most fantasy points per game to point guards.


Karl-Anthony Towns-$17,300-MIN

I am all over KAT tonight as the Mavs are one of the best match-ups in the NBA for big men. This season the Mavs rank in the bottom five in defensive efficiency, rebounding rate, and rank in the bottom third in fantasy points allowed to centers. The Mavs are also allowing five blocked shots per game which ranks in the bottom half of the NBA. That is all great news for a player like KAT who ranks in the top five of centers in points per game, rebounds per game and blocks per game. In their first meeting, Towns showed all those skills with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks on his way to 54.5 fantasy points and I would be shocked if Towns didn’t have similar production in this one.

Value Forward/Center

Greg Monroe-$7,800-PHO

Last night in his first start with the Suns, Monroe played 26 minutes and had a huge game with 20 points, 11 rebounds, a block and 2 steals on his way to over 42 fantasy points. Tonight with Tyson Chandler already ruled out Monroe should start once again and should play similar minutes which makes him a tough fade in a game I want the most exposure to. This game against the Lakers should be the fastest paced as both teams rank in the top five in pace this season on the slate and should be one of the highest scoring games on the slate as well. I will say that while I will not be fading Monroe tonight I do not expect him to have anywhere near the performance he did last night but I do expect him to easily hit value.

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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