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 Tuesday, January 30, 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.


Jrue Holiday-$15,200-NO

Holiday has been playing fantastic basketball for the Pelicans this month. In those 13 games, Holiday is averaging 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.8 steals, and a block. Holiday has produced at least 30 fantasy points in all but one of those games and is averaging just shy of 40 fantasy points in those games. What makes those numbers even more impressive when you look at them is that DeMarcus Cousins played in most of those games. Cousins was a big part of the Pelicans offense and with him out Holiday is going to see an even bigger jump in production. We saw that last game as Holiday went for 20/9/7 on his way to 48.75 fantasy points against the Clippers in the Pelicans first game since Cousins went down with injury and we have seen it all season long. This season Holiday has a usage rate 31.1% and is averaging 1.34 fantasy points per minute with Cousins off the court. That alone should be enough to roster Holiday but when you look at the match-up with the Kings who are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA I don’t see how you fade Holiday tonight.

Value Guard

Tyrone Wallace-$8,800-LAC

In case you missed it the Clippers made a blockbuster trade yesterday with the Pistons shipping Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson to Detroit for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, and Boban Marjanovic. While the addition of Bradley is not good for the long-term prospects of Wallace for the rest of the season, Bradley nor the rest of the guys involved in this trade are expected to play tonight. That should mean we see lots of Wallace once again for the Clippers. Wallace has played at least 30 minutes in 11 of his 12 games this season and has been fairly productive in those games with averages of 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and a steal. Wallace has produced at least 18 fantasy points in all but one of those games and is averaging 23 fantasy points a game. I fully expect to see Wallace with that level of production tonight as the Clippers once again are going to be short-handed and the match-up with the Trail Blazers is a positive one.


Enes Kanter-$14,000-NY

When I first saw the salary on Kanter tonight I was taken aback as I am used to seeing Kanter in the $12,000 salary range. I originally said to myself there is no way I am going to play Kanter at this salary but when I started to dig into the numbers I changed my mind. Kanter is playing that well right now and in his past 12 games, Kanter is averaging 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in 26.6 minutes of action. In those games, Kanter has produced at least 28 fantasy points 11 times with the one game he did not hit that level of production being a game in which he only played nine minutes due to playing heavy minutes in the night before. The Nets are also a fantastic match-up for Kanter as they are one of the worst teams in the NBA in stopping centers. This season the Nets rank in the bottom five in rebounds allowed per game and defensive efficiency to the position while ranking dead last in fantasy points allowed per game to the position. Kanter should have another big game tonight and should pay off his price tag.

Value Forward/Center

Ed Davis-$8,900-POR

Davis is playing fantastic basketball right now for the Trail Blazers. In his past four games, he has played at least 20 minutes in each game and is averaging 10.25 points, 10.75 rebounds, and 1.75 blocks+steals. Davis has produced at least 24 fantasy points in each of those games and has produced at least 28 fantasy points in three straight games. Now there is some risk with Davis tonight as he can be inconsistent and his minutes are never secure with Terry Stotts running things for Portland but with that being said sometimes you have to ride a player until they give you a reason not to and that is what I am going to do with Davis 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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