This weekend, we’ve got a 13-fight card at Kansas on ESPN+. DraftKings has some strong contests considering that is a free card and I look forward to chasing the GPPs. The main GPP is a $15 buy-in and $25k belongs to 1st place with a total of 100k being paid out. They also have a brand new Qualifier for $175,000. There’ll be 100 qualifiers for that competition and they will compete for a $50k first location price and that $175k will be distributed between all 100 admissions that qualify. I won my very first seat into it a couple weeks back and I will attempt to receive my 2nd chair this week if possible. Those Qualifier only competitions can be actual bankroll suckers so be careful chasing those too hard. I will probably stick to the top GPP this week and then throw a small number of entries at the $25k prize, then I will likely have a few shots in the Q. I will also be publishing H2Hs as well as picking up H2Hs throughout the week to get a good quantity of drama into money games.
With that said, let us get to a couple plays I like this week along with my fade of this week:
Cash Game play of this week — Yana Kunitskaya — $8,900
There really are no money game guards this week for me but I went with Yana because I fully expect this battle to go all 3 rounds so that I enjoy the floor she brings to the table. In addition, I believe she wins the battle and I think she will be the fighter going for takedowns. I don’t understand how large her ceiling is but in money games it doesn’t really matter a lot since we do not have to strike 1st place in a double-up. I would anticipate about 10x from Yana in a decision win and I’ll take that all day in my cash games.
GPP drama of the week — Louis Smolka — $8,300
Smolka fights often score highly because there are a lot of scrambles and the grappling improvements really accumulate. I expect this is a very fun fight, but it ought to be Smolka that is the one going for the takedowns. I am always looking for no less than 10x in my fighters and also at $8.3k I’d be amazed if Smolka did not get that with a win. The lowest he has ever scored in a win is 99 DK points and he’s even scored 162 vs Nguyen and he has a 61-point reduction to Elliott that is more DK points than Schnell’s win over Beltran. I love Smolka as a GPP play here and when he wins I would anticipate near 100 DK points.
Underdog play of this week — Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos — $8,000
To get a fight that I hope to stay standing, I’ve quite a lot of curiosity in this fight. I believe it’s going to be an action-packed fight and I think someone gets pumped out. This is also the mid-range struggle of this week, so that I feel a KO from either guy would have a good opportunity to put them on the perfect lineup. I enjoy it even more because I am choosing the underdog to acquire the knockout and I expect Millender to function as greater owned fighter. I’ll have this struggle in more than half my lineups, but I will probably have at least double the ownership on dos Santos over Millender. I think it’s a better GPP fight than it is for cash games, but I believe dos Santos is currently in play for cash since he is an underdog and I have him winning. I don’t feel confident in several underdogs this week, however I’ll have a fantastic amount of exposure to dos Santos.
Fade of this week — Anthony Rocco Martin ($9,200)
At $9.2K. Martin will need a finish at that salary and that I really don’t see that occurring. If he wins a definite 30-27 decision, then he probably scores mid 70’s and in his price tag which will not win anybody a GPP. I really don’t believe he goes for takedowns in this matchup and I think he uses his wrestling to keep the fight standing. Even if he does move for takedowns then I do not see him filing Moraes. So, it needs to be a KO out of him to pay off that wages and I am not willing to take that risk with my money. That is why he is my fade of the week.
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