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, February 12, 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.


Mario Hezonja-$11,500-ORL

I don’t really know why Hezonja is listed as a guard when he plays power forward but I don’t really care what position you list him at as either way he is a great play with Aaron Gordon out. With Gordon out the past seven games, Hezonja has been the one to benefit. In those games, Hezonja is averaging 15.3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.4 steals in 28.6 minutes of action. Hezonja has produced at least 26 fantasy points in six of those games and is averaging over a fantasy point per minute. Not only has Hezonja played well as of late with Gordon out but I love the match-up for him as the Bulls really struggle against power forwards. This season the Bulls rank 27th in fantasy points allowed per game and 25th in defensive efficiency against the position. Hezonja should easily produce over 25 fantasy points once again tonight and dollar for dollar he is one of the safest players on this slate.

Value Guard

Austin Rivers-$10,600-LAC

Rivers made his return from injury two games ago and it was like he never left. In those games, Rivers played over 30 minutes and averaged 13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a block+steal. Rivers produced at least 26 fantasy points in each of those games. Tonight we should see a similar performance as the Clippers take on a Nets team that has struggled against point guards. This season the Nets rank in the bottom third in fantasy points allowed and defensive efficiency to the position. The only concern I have with Rivers tonight is if Milos Teodosic is able to return from injury after sitting out the past two games that is likely to cut into Rivers production and minutes. With that being said I personally don’t think Milos comes back tonight but it is something to monitor.


DeAndre Jordan-$13,600-LAC

Joran is one of the easiest picks you can make on any slate as he gets to face the Nets. The Nets are the best possible match-up for centers in the NBA. This season the Nets are allowing centers to averages 17.35 rebounds per game which is worst in the NBA, 2.49 blocks per game which is second worst, 23.75 points per game which is fourth worst, and 56.45 fantasy points per game which is worst in the NBA. Jordan who is averaging 33.7 fantasy points in his past six games despite only scoring in double-figures twice in those games should easily hit that amount again tonight and has the potential for a 50 plus fantasy point outing in this one.

Value Forward/Center

Royce O’Neale-$7,900-UTA

O’Neale has really stepped up his game for the Jazz as of late. In his past six games, O’Neale is averaging 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals in over 25 minutes of action. O’Neale has produced at least 20 fantasy points in five of those games and in those games, he has produced at least 25 fantasy points four times including a huge 31.75 fantasy points in his first career start with Ricky Rubio out. With Rodney Hood in Cleveland and Rubio likely out again tonight I like O’Neale to start once again and to have another solid performance despite the really bad match-up against the Spurs.

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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