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 Monday, January 29, 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.


Gary Harris-$11,500-DEN

I don’t normally like to target shooting guards against the Celtics as they are one of the best teams in the NBA in defending the position. This season Boston is allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position and has the second-best defensive efficiency. With that being said I don’t see how you pass over Gary Harris tonight as he is too cheap. Harris is only going to cost you 11.5% of your budget on FantasyDraft and that is a too low for the way Harris has been playing. Over the past month of play, Harris is averaging 20.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 steals. In those 13 games, Harris has produced at least 28 fantasy points 11 times and is averaging 33.52 fantasy points in those games. Harris also dominated Boston when they played earlier in the season as he went for a career-high 36 points on his way to 52.75 fantasy points.

Value Guard

Sterling Brown-$8,100-MIL

There are plenty of value guards to choose from on this slate but the one guy that stands out to me as the cream of the crop is Sterling Brown but only is Malcolm Brogdon is out once again. If Brogdon is out for the third straight game and fourth time in past five games, Brown should play big minutes once again. In his past four games with either Brogdon or Giannis Antetokounmpo out Brown has played at least 27 minutes. In those games, Brown has produced at least 18 fantasy points three times and is averaging 19.06 fantasy points in those games. One of those games was against the 76ers who he faces tonight and with the 76ers being one of the best match-ups in the NBA for shooting guards Brown should have similar production in this one.


Karl-Anthony Towns-$17,600-MIN

After having his 13 game double-double streak snapped against the Trail Blazers and producing less than 30 fantasy points in that game, KAT bounced back in a big way. In his next two games, Towns had totals of 47 points, 30 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal. Towns produced at least 49 fantasy points in both of those games. Tonight we should see a similar performance from the all-star big man as the Wolves take on a Hawks team that is one of the best match-ups in the NBA for centers. This season the Hawks rank sixth or worst in rebounds allowed, assists allowed, steals allowed, blocks allowed and fantasy points allowed per game to centers. They also rank 25th in defensive efficiency to the position.

Value Forward/Center

Jarell Martin-$9,200-MEM

JaMychal Green has already been ruled out for tonight’s game and you should know to fire up Martin whenever Green is out. With Green out, Martin should play over 20 minutes for the sixth straight game and with Memphis having a day of rest I expect that number to be closer to 30 minutes as Martin should be fully over his injury. In the five games this season that Martin has played at least 30 minutes he is averaging 13.8 points, 7 rebounds, and 29.05 fantasy points. Not only does Martin produce when given the minutes but the match-up with the Suns doesn’t get any better. This season the Suns rank dead last in fantasy points allowed and defensive efficiency to power forwards. At his salary, Martin is going to be the first player in my lineups tonight.

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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