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, December 29, 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.


Kyle Lowry-$15,900-TOR

I am all over Lowry tonight for a couple of reasons. The first reason is due to the way Lowry is playing. In his past four games, Lowry is averaging 17.8 points, 6 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.5 steals. Lowry has produced at least 40 fantasy points in three of the four games. The second reason why I want to play Lowry tonight is due to the elite match-up with the Hawks who are one of the worst teams in the NBA in defending point guards. This season the Hawks have the fourth-worst defensive efficiency to the position and are allowing right around 45 fantasy points per game to the position which is middle of the pack. When these two teams met earlier in the season Lowry went for 15/13/6 on his way to 43.75 fantasy points in just 27 minutes and you can fully expect a similar stat line tonight.

Value Guard

Garrett Temple-$7,700-SAC

Unlike last night where there ended up being three no-brainer value plays at the guard position there are not any value guards that stand out to me tonight. With that being said there are several cheap guards that I like tonight with Temple being my favorite for cash games. The reason why I am such a big fan of Temple tonight is due to De’Aaron Fox being out. With Fox out Temple plays heavy minutes for the Kings as in the past six games with Fox playing a total of 11 minutes, Temple is averaging 28.3 minutes of action. Temple is not just playing a lot of minutes but he is also producing a nice rate with averages of 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals+blocks. Temple has produced at least 17 fantasy points in five of those games and should be able to hit that mark again tonight against a Suns team that ranks in the bottom three in fantasy points allowed per game to guards.


Lance Stephenson-$12,100-IND

Victor Oladipo has been ruled out for tonight’s game already and you should know what to do by putting Stephenson in your lineups. With Oladipo out Stephenson is going to start and play heavy minutes. In the two games that Oladipo has missed this season, Stephenson is averaging 36.1 minutes. In those games, Stephenson is averaging 16 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. Stephenson has produced at least 33 fantasy points in both games is coming off a 46.25 fantasy point performance on Wednesday with Oladipo out. Tonight you can expect more of the same from one of my favorite players as the Bulls have struggled against wing players this season.

Value Forward/Center

Wayne Ellington-$8,900-MIA

The Heat have been ravaged by injuries as of late and that is leading to Ellington playing a ton of minutes. In the Heat’s past nine games, Ellington has played at least 30 minutes seven times including in five straight games. Ellington is producing at a nice rate with those extra minutes with averages of 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 24.61 fantasy points. With the Heat still expected to be missing Dion Waiters, James Johnson, and Justise Winslow tonight Ellington should continue to play heavy minutes and I like him to continue to produce as the Nets are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA.

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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