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 Thursday, February 22, 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.


Tomas Satoransky-$10,800-WAS

When I saw the price of Satoransky my eyes lit up as there is no way in hell Satronasky should still be this cheap as Satoransky has done nothing but produce since John Wall went down with an injury. In those ten games, Satoransky is averaging 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.3 steals. Satoransky has produced at least 20 fantasy points in all but one of those ten games and is averaging over 25 fantasy points in those games. Satoransky has been especially great over his past three games as he has produced at least 30 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 36.75 fantasy points during this stretch. Tonight I don’t see why Satoransky slows down as though the Cavs are improved with their new look roster they still have struggled on the defensive end of the court.

Value Guard

David Nwaba-$6,800-CHI

The Bulls are switching up their starting lineup coming into the second half of the season and one of the moves they are making is inserting Nwaba into the starting lineup over Justin Holiday. This is great news for fantasy owners as Nwaba is dirt cheap. Nwaba is only $800 above site minimum. Nwaba is not only cheap but he has produced this season when given the chance. In his three previous starts, Nwaba is averaging 9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes of action. That breaks down to around 24 fantasy points and I don’t see any reason why Nwaba cannot have that level of production again tonight which would easily pay off that dirt cheap salary I mentioned several times earlier.


LeBron James-$21,300-CLE

Spending over $21,000 on a single player may seem a bit crazy on this slate but I am all for doing it with the King who is playing some of his best basketball right now. In his past four games, James is averaging 30 points, 9.5 rebounds, 13 assists, and 65.13 fantasy points. What makes those numbers even more impressive in my eyes is they would take a slight dip if you included James numbers from his MVP performance in the all-star game. James is not only playing fantastic basketball right now but he has dominated the Wizards over the past three seasons. In his past eight games against the Wizards, James is averaging 29.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and over 60 fantasy points per game. In his two games against them this season, James has produced at least 60 fantasy points in each game and is averaging 75 fantasy points. James is going to have a huge game tonight and I would be shocked if he was not one of the two highest scoring players on this slate.

Value Forward/Center

Cristiano Felicio-$6,300-CHI

Felicio like David Nwaba is another Bulls player I like tonight due to him entering in the starting lineup. Like Nwaba, Felicio is dirt cheap at only $300 above site minimum and is expected to play big minutes for the Bulls. Unlike Nwaba we don’t have a proven history of Felicio producing this season but if we look at Felicio’s career per 36 minute stats he has shown some talent. In his 128 career games, Felicio is averaging 11 points on 57.6% shooting, 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 steals+blocks. Now I don’t expect Felicio to play 36-minutes tonight but I do expect him to play at least 30 minutes and if he even comes close to his per 36-minute averages he will easily pay off his salary. Playing Felicio and Nwaba together also gives you enough salary relief to be able to afford LeBron James and at least one more of the stud players you are going to want to have exposure to 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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