EASY MONEY WITH ESMOND
Results from Thursday, December 7th:
- Ben Simmons $9,900: 55.25 points
- Spencer Dinwiddie $6,500: 20.50 points
- Donovan Mitchell $7,200: 39 points
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 25 points
- Paul George $8,300: DNP
- T.J. Warren $6,500: 34.50 points
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $5,400: 30.50 points
- Markieff Morris $4,700: 36 points
- Joel Embiid $10,100: 61.75 points
- Steven Adams $6,100: 31 points
Top Plays for Friday, December 8th:
- Elfrid Payton $6,600 vs. Nuggets: I love Elf because of recency bias and his price. In the Magic's last game he failed to smash against Schroder defense, so ownership should be down. Tonight, he gets another juicy match up against the Denver Nugget guards. The Nuggets struggle mightily to defend the guard positions, so this is an elite spot for Elf to bounce back.
- Kris Dunn $5,800 at Hornets: Dunn has taken over as the starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls and his minutes in their last few games are a clear indication. He gets a match up with the Hornets where they will be playing way up in pace and Kemba Walker defense doesn't scare me too much. Great play in tournaments tonight.
- Victor Oladipo $8,900 vs. Cavs: Not much needs to be said about Oladipo lately, his play has spoken for itself. He has been a great roster and now gets a tasty match up against the Cavs. Cleveland struggles to defend the shooting guard position and Oladipo will be locked into huge minutes. He has shown his upside and is a great pivot off the other stars on this slate. This price tag will drive ownership down, but he is well worth the price.
- DeMar DeRozan $7,800 at Grizzles: DeMar is in a sneaky good spot tonight and I think his ownership will be a bit lower than usual because of the match up with Memphis. He still leads the Raptors in usage and his upside is there. He has a high-floor and this price provides tremendous room for upside.
- Kevin Durant $10,700 at Pistons: Even with Draymond Green expected to return, Durant is still an elite play with Steph Curry out. Durant will lead the team in usage and the Pistons struggle to defend opposing small forwards. Durant's play on the defensive end has been a key factor in his fantasy production this year. I expect Detroit to keep it a competitive game, elite spot for Durant tonight.
- Jonathon Simmons $5,600 vs. Nuggets: The recent injury to Evan Fournier will open up more usage for Simmons. His minutes have been there for us lately, but he hasn't touched the ball enough on the offensive end to produce for us fantasy-wise. The injury should provide more opportunity for Simmons and he has a great match up against the Nuggets.
- Rudy Gay $5,200 vs. Celtics: I usually don't recommend to roster a Spur for tournaments, but Gay's recent great play is hard to ignore. With the injury to Kyle Anderson, Gay has been placed in the starting line up and has produced. The Spurs will be motivated at home in what should be a competitive game with the Boston Celtics.
- Tobias Harris $6,300 vs. Warriors: Tobias is in a great spot to smash in a home battle against the Warriors. Draymond Green should be returning to the lineup tonight and that will be a plus for Harris. Green has struggled on the defensive end this year and the pace should bode well for Harris' play style. I think Harris is a tad too cheap for this match up so take advantage and buy low on Harris tonight.
- Marvin Williams $3,900 vs. Bulls: I struggled with myself on whether or not to put Marvin Williams in my article. If you look at the situation, it screams to roster Williams tonight. The Bulls struggle to defend the power forward position. Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller are already ruled out for the Hornets tonight. Williams will log huge minutes tonight and might even see minutes at the five spot. Pretty much a lock and load at this price so you can fit in some stars on this slate.
- DeMarcus Cousins $11,800 vs. Kings: You don't need me to convince you that Cousins is a good play tonight, but if you aren't convinced then maybe I can help. This a revenge game for Cousins so he will be extra motivated to play well. Anthony Davis is expected to miss the game again due to injury. The Kings struggle to defend the center position and with the injury to Willie Cauley-Stein, Zach Randolph will have to guard Boogie. Do you think Z-Bo can hang with Boogie tonight?
- Zach Randolph $5,900 at Pelicans: Flipping to the other side of this Pelicans/Kings game, Zach Randolph is a strong play as well. While Cousins is great on the offensive end and some times he likes to rest on the defensive end. You can attack Cousins defense and Z-Bo has always been a crafty offensive threat on the low block. The injury to WCS opens up more minutes for Z-Bo, great play in tournaments tonight.
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