EASY MONEY WITH ESMOND
Results from Wednesday, December 6th:
- Dennis Schroder $8,200: 46.25 points
- Jamal Murray $5,100: 27.75 points
- Lou Williams $7,100: 42.25 points
- Jrue Holiday $6,600: 40.25 points
- Kevin Durant $10,100: 72.25 points
- Nicolas Batum $5,700: 30.25 points
- Aaron Gordon $8,100: 48.25 points
- Lauri Markkanen $5,800: 20.50 points
- DeMarcus Cousins $11,300: 81 points
- Al Horford $7,400: 50.50 points
Top Plays for Thursday, December 7th:
- Ben Simmons $9,900: Simmons and the Sixers get a juicy match up against the Lakers tonight. This game features two teams that are ranked inside the top 5 in the NBA in terms of pace, so we will want decent exposure in our lineups. Simmons has the upside to outscore Harden and Westbrook on this slate, so I prefer him so I get some cap relief while constructing my lineup.
- Spencer Dinwiddie $6,500: If you want to spend down to a mid-tier priced point guard, I like Spencer Dinwiddie tonight against Russell Westbrook defense. It is tough to attack OKC, but you can definitely attack Russ. Dinwiddie has been solid since he has stepped into the starting point guard role and it should continue tonight. Vegas projects this over/under to be around 215.5 so I am a huge fan of Dinwiddie and his match up tonight.
- Donovan Mitchell $7,200: One of my favorite rookies to watch to this season! Mitchell will get an elite match up against the Houston Rockets at home. The Jazz will be playing way up in pace and the return of Gobert hasn't hurt Mitchell's usage as much. The Rockets have no one that matches up well with Mitchell's spend and strength so I expect his solid play to continue tonight at home.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope $5,600: KCP is usually one of my favorite cash game plays because he is locked into 30 minutes for the Lakers and is usually pretty cheap in terms of price. I like his price and love his match up even more. The Sixers struggle to defend the shooting guard position and the Lakers would be smart to put KCP on Ben Simmons instead of Lonzo. The minutes will be there for KCP and he will have plenty of opportunity for upside in tournaments.
- Paul George $8,300: I know, Paul George has been pretty bad lately. But at this price, he is hard for me to pass him up. Similar to Bradley Beal the other night, PG is too skilled and gets enough usage to smash this price tag. The Thunder are playing way up in pace against a Brooklyn team that struggles to defend all positions. This is the ideal bounce back spot for PG and recency bias should drive his ownership down.
- T.J. Warren $6,500: At this price T.J Warren is essentially a lock and load for me. With the injury to Devin Booker, Warren will get all the usage and he is the only Sun we can trust at this point when it comes to minutes. Warren will probably be chalk, but hopefully people overlook him because he got ejected in his last game and his numbers were down.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $5,400: I think RHJ is a strong tournament play because of his price tag. He is under-priced and one of the few Nets locked into major minutes. RHJ will get a tasty match up against Carmelo Anthony and should be able to fill up the stat sheet with the hustle stats tonight. Great play in all formats on this slate.
- Markieff Morris $4,700: Morris and his Wizards are playing the Suns tonight, so that means a lot of Wizards will be in play on this slate. The Wizards will be playing way up in pace and I think since Beal just had a huge game, Morris should be overlooked. Morris is a strong play in tournaments because of ownership and his price offers room for upside.
- Joel Embiid $10,100: The Process went nuts the last time the Sixers faced off against the Lakers. I don't expect him to put up 90 DK points again, but I do expect this to be another spot for Embiid to smash. The Lakers struggle to defend opposing centers and Embiid is one of the most-skilled centers we have in the league right now. Elite spot for Embiid.
- Steven Adams $6,100: Adams has been tough to predict this season, but at match up with the Brooklyn Nets should be a smash spot for Adams. Recently Adams has been good and the pace of this game should allow for more rebounding opportunities and easy buckets around the rim. Adams is a strong pivot off of Embiid if you think the Sixers will blow the Lakers right out of the building.
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