EASY MONEY WITH ESMOND - TOP DK TOURNAMENT PLAYS
Every time I read fantasy articles recommending top plays, I always want to know their track record. Although most don't like to admit they are wrong, I want to start showing the results of my picks before I go into my picks for the night's slate.
John Wall $10,200 - 35.75 points
Caris LeVert $5,100 - 17.75 points
Victor Oladipo $7,200 - 48.25 points
Eric Gordon $6,000 - 43.50 points
KCP $4,700 - 33 points
Carmelo Anthony $7,100 - 48 points
Kyle Kuzma $4,700 - 17.75 points
Kevin Love $7,600 - 29.50 points
Tobias Harris $6,200 - 49 points
Serge Ibaka $5,400 - 23.50 points
KAT $8,600 - 40.50 points
Rudy Gobert $7,500 - 44.50 points
Marcin Gortat $5,500 - 33 points
I would say seven of my recommendations yesterday would have helped you win some Easy Money. Let's win some more with this small, five game slate.
Top Tournament Plays:
- Jerian Grant $5,500: Dunn has officially been ruled out for tonight's game. Even if Dunn returns, Grant has proven that he should be the Bulls starting PG. We can attack Hawks PGs. Yes, we all wish Schroder was playing, but the Bulls are playing up in pace against a very bad Hawks team. I prefer saving at the point guard position for tonight's slate. Grant's also averaging nearly 30 minutes a game. For someone at this price getting 30 minutes, I will gladly take it.
- Dennis Smith Jr. $5,400: Another great value at PG tonight if you want to save for the Greek Freak or Boogie in his return to Sacramento. The Mavs are committed to playing their talented 1st round pick heavy minutes and I don't expect that to change tonight. The Mavs are playing down in pace and this game has the lowest over/under of the night at 196.5. I love playing the ownership game and since most will fade this game, I will definitely have exposure.
- C.J. McCollum $7,300: With Rivers now starting at shooting guard, I expect C.J. to feast tonight. Dame should have his hands full all night with the pesky Beverley, so that should open up more usage for McCollum. This game has the highest projected over/under of the night at 211.5 and the Blazers are playing up in pace against the new look Clippers.
- Kent Bazemore $5,200: Since Schroder has been sidelined, Baze has been assuming more and more point guard and play making duties and that is a good thing for fantasy owners. His usage has drastically increased since more shots are now available. At this price, for a player that I expect to log heavy minutes, I think Baze is in an elite spot against the Bulls.
- Austin Rivers $4,400: Let's flip to the other side of the Blazers/Clippers match up and focus on Austin. We love attacking Portland guards and since Beverley is more of a cash game play I will have a ton of Rivers exposure tonight. Rivers has been playing major minutes and I want pieces of this projected high-scoring, up tempo game. I think that Lou Will and Austin Rivers prices should be switched on DK.
- Justin Holiday $6,000: I could take the easy way out here and recommend Giannis, but he is an obvious stud so it is up to you whether you want to use him or fade him. This article's purpose is to help you make decisions with players that are going to be sneaky or low-owned that could be the key to glory. Holiday for me right now is in the same tier as Eric Gordon. Both are logging heavy minutes, usage and are producing. With this match up against the Hawks, I expect Holiday to continue playing well. Zipser is also a game time decision so if he is out that could open up more shots for Justin.
- Evan Turner $5,000: Turner has been quietly having a very efficient year with Portland. Last season he was adjusting to his new squad, but he looks much better and seems to have found his role on the team. Turner is in a great spot due to several reasons. His price allows you to fit in stars in your lineup, this game is expected to be high scoring and he's been receiving about 30 minutes a game this season off the bench.
- Lauri Markkanen $5,900: This talented rookie has been receiving a ton of minutes from the Bulls this young season and he has produced. Even in a slow paced game against the Spurs this year he managed to get over 30 DK points. He is capable of getting hot from 3 and if he catches fire he has the upside to help you take down a tournament.
- Skal Labissiere $4,700: Skal is typically the first big man off the bench for the Kings. If you want to play the ownership game and save at PF Skal is a sneaky play tonight. Even though Randolph starts, Skal usually ends up playing the heavy minutes. Whether Davis plays or not, the Kings will have their hands full with Boogie tonight, so they will need young athletic bodies in the game to try and contain them/him.
- Davis/Cousins are in elite spots if you decide to play them. Davis may not play because of his knee injury and Boogie has the revenge game narrative going for him tonight.
- DeAndre Jordan $7,800: If you are feeling brave enough to fade Cousins tonight I think that Jordan can end up out scoring him, fantasy wise of course. I've mentioned before, this game should be up in pace and that means more opportunities for DeAndre to grab some boards. Nurkic has been struggling this season and he isn't the strongest at rebounding. At this price Jordan still has upside and he is in a great spot as a contrarian play to Cousins.
- Al Horford $6,800: I typically never recommend Al for tournaments, but on this small slate he is in a good spot for me. The Bucks defend every position well, but if they are vulnerable anywhere it is with their big men. At a projected 207 over/under this is the 2nd highest of the night, so you want exposure to this game. At this price, his ability to hit the 3 ball and with the minutes he has been receiving lately, Horford is in a great spot and should go overlooked as he often does.
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