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 Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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.

Guard

Kris Dunn-$13,500-CHI

I love the way Dunn is playing for the Bulls. In his 20 games since December 1st, Dunn is averaging 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 2.4 steals+blocks. In those games, Dunn has produced at least 30 fantasy points 15 times and is averaging 36.71 fantasy points in those games. Not only is Dunn playing well but I love the match-up for Dunn as the Bulls take on the Knicks.  In their two meetings, this season Dunn is averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals+blocks while producing at least 36 fantasy points in each of those games. With the Knicks ranking in the bottom five in fantasy points allowed and defensive efficiency to the point guard position, there is no doubt in my mind that Dunn has that level of production once again in this one.

Value Guard

Denzel Valentine-$10,300-CHI

I am going to go with another Bulls player for my value guard as I love the way Denzel Valentine is playing. After splitting time with David Nwaba, Valentine has firmly taken over the small forward role for the Bulls. In his past five games, Valentine has played at least 27 minutes four times and in those four games, he is averaging 14 points, 6.75 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. Valentine has produced at least 27 fantasy points in each of those games and I don’t see any reason why he doesn’t hit that mark once again in this one.

Forward/Center

Andre Drummond-$15,800-DET

With Anthony Davis likely out tonight DeMarcus Cousins is going to be the hot name on the slate as his usage rate is sky high with Davis off the court. While I understand the love for Cousins tonight I hate his match-up and salary and he is far from a must play as I think Drummond is a better play. The reason why I think Drummond is a better play is for two reasons. The first reason is due to the fact that Drummond is over $4,000 cheaper than Cousins is tonight. That extra salary can be used to build a more balanced roster as there are not a ton of clear-cut value plays under $10,000 on this slate. The second reason why I think Drummond is a better play is due to the elite match-up against the Nets. The Nets are one of the best possible match-ups for centers as this season they rank 28th in fantasy points allowed to the position, 27th in defensive efficiency, and allow the fifth-most rebounds to the position.

Value Forward/Center

Bobby Portis-$9,000-CHI

I hate to do this but I have to give you another Bulls player in this article as Portis is another great play if Nikola Mirotic is out. With Mirotic out, Portis is likely to play heavy minutes as he did last game with Mirotic out. In that game against the Rockets, Portis played 33 minutes and had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists on his way to 30 fantasy points. That was the third time in his past five games that Portis has produced at least 29 fantasy points. After that performance, Portis is now averaging 12.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 24.8 fantasy points in games that Mirotic has missed this season. Despite a bad match-up with the Knicks, I don’t see any reason why Portis cannot have a similar performance tonight which would easily pay off his price tag.

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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