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 Friday, February 23, 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.


Donovan Mitchell-$14,600-UTA

We don’t know the status of Ricky Rubio yet as he missed practice on Wednesday but was able to practice yesterday. I personally believe that the Jazz takes it easy on Rubio and sit him out tonight and play him tomorrow in the second game of a back-to-back. If that is indeed the case I don’t see how you don’t play Mitchell as he gets a huge boost with Rubio out. In the past three games with Rubio out, Mitchell has a usage rate of 34.6% and is averaging 25.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.3 steals. Mitchell has produced at least 39 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 1.14 fantasy points per minute. Mitchell not only sees a huge boost with Rubio off the court but I am a huge fan of the match-up against the Trail Blazers as Mitchell has played extremely well against them. In their two meetings this season, Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 40 fantasy points.

Value Guard

Tomas Satoransky-$10,100-WAS

The salary on Satoransky is a joke tonight as it actually decreased from its comical low salary of yesterday. Satoransky should not be under $12,000 in salary with the way he has been playing. In his past four games, Satornasky is averaging 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Satoransky has produced at least 30 fantasy points in each of those games and in the 10 games since John Wall went out, Satoransky is averaging 29.5 fantasy points. The Hornets are not a team that can slow Satornasky down and I am all in on Satoransky tonight as this should be the last time you get to roster him this cheap.


Karl-Anthony Towns-$17,200-MIN

There are very few things that are certain in life but one of those things is KAT dominating the Rockets. In his nine career games against the Rockets, Towns is averaging 26.9 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.7 blocks. Towns has been especially dominating in his past six games against them. In those six games, Towns is averaging 31 points, 17.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, a steal, and 2.2 blocks. Towns has produced at least 59 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 64 fantasy points during that stretch with two of those games coming this season. Don’t overthink this and play the Wolves all-star center as he is going to smash once again tonight.

Value Forward/Center

Jae Crowder-$8,800-UTA

Crowder has really enjoyed the change of scenery from the Cavs to the Jazz. After struggling most of the season with the Cavs, Crowder has looked like the Crowder we used to seeing in Boston. In his first three games with the Jazz, Crowder is averaging 14.7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. Crowder has produced at least 21 fantasy points in each of those games and has at least 27 fantasy points in two of the three. One of those games was against the same Trail Blazers team that he faces tonight and with the Trail Blazers being an average defensive team against forwards I don’t see any reason why Crowder doesn’t have similar production in this one.

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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