EASY MONEY WITH ESMOND
Results from Tuesday, December 26th:
- Tyreke Evans $8,600: 43.25 points
- Austin Rivers $6,600: 17.50 points
- Donovan Mitchell $7,300: 27.25 points
- Buddy Hield $4,700: 12 points
- Jonathon Simmons $7,100: 7 points
- Josh Richardson $6,800: 37.75 points
- Pau Gasol $6,400: 41.50 points
- Serge Ibaka $5,800: 32.50 points
- Nikola Jokic $7,900: 31.25 points
- Myles Turner $6,700: 17.75 points
Top Plays for Wednesday, December 27th:
- Tyreke Evans $8,400 at Lakers: I wrote about Tyreke yesterday and he came through for us. Tonight, he gets an even better match up against the Lakers and his price dropped! Sign me up for some more Evans tonight, playing way up in pace against a team that struggles to defend opposing point guards.
- Spencer Dinwiddie $6,900 at Pelicans: Dinwiddie hasn't exactly been the greatest player lately, but this match up against the Pelicans in New Orleans is a great spot for Dinwiddie to get back on track. This game has the highest over/under of the slate at 220.5 and it features two teams that play at the top-ten fastest pace in the NBA. The Pelicans struggle to defend opposing guards and the tempo of this game bodes well for Dinwidde, excellent tournament play tonight.
- Jimmy Butler $8,000 vs. Nuggets: Butler is simply too cheap for this slate! Butler leads his team in usage and gets a juicy match up against Denver guards. He is almost a must-play in tournaments at this price. This game also has the 2nd highest over/under of the slate at 214.5. Butler is safe in all formats tonight.
- Donovan Mitchell $7,000 at Warriors: Mitchell didn't kill your lineup if you had him yesterday, but he also didn't help you too much. I hope the sub-par performance leads to lower ownership on tonight's slate because he is in another elite match up playing way up in pace against the Warriors. Mitchell always seems to perform better against elite competition and his price dropped from yesterday's slate. I will be all over Mitchell again on this slate in tournaments.
- Kevin Durant $10,900 vs. Jazz: Even though I fully expect LeBron James to bounce back in a big way after letting us all down on Christmas, I prefer KD tonight because he is simply too cheap. Durant has been fantastic without Curry and his play on the defensive end has been great. This team runs through Durant and I will continue buy low on him while Curry is still out.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $6,400 at Pelicans: RHJ has been Mr. Reliable lately and his consistent play should continue tonight in New Orleans. As I mentioned earlier with Dinwiddie, we will want exposure to this game. I love RHJ because he fills up the stat sheet and the up tempo pace of this game should suit his play-style perfectly.
- Kristaps Porzingis $8,600 at Bulls: Enes Kanter rightfully stole the show on Christmas Day with his brilliant performance, but Porzingis has quietly eased back to early-season form as of late. Injuries have hampered Porzingis this season, but when healthy he has shown why he is one of the best young big men in the league. The Knicks will be playing up in pace against a Bulls team that I like to attack at virtually every position. Porzingis is a solid tournament play on today's slate.
- Carmelo Anthony $5,500 vs. Raptors: I've used Melo more than I probably should be using him, but the price tag and slate dictate who I play. As long as he is priced under $6k he will be intriguing to me. Melo has the skill set to drop 40-50 actual points on any given night if he gets hot and he has been a relatively safe play lately. The Thunder will be playing way up in pace against the Raptors and I look for Melo to have another fine outing at home.
- Kevin Love $8,300 at Kings: Love was fantastic on Christmas Day and I look for his success to continue tonight in Sacramento. The Kings struggle to defend opposing centers and have no one that matches up well enough with Love to defend him out on the perimeter. Love is a safe play in cash games, with upside for tournaments.
- Myles Turner $6,700 vs. Mavericks: I am going back to Myles Turner tonight because of the match up. It is no secret, the Mavs struggle to defend opposing centers so this is an ideal bounce back spot for Turner after he burned everyone that rostered him last night. Recency bias should drive ownership down and the Pacers just announced that Oladipo and Sabonis are now questionable for tonight's contest. If those two are out look for extra minutes for Turner and the offense should run through him as they will need his scoring.
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