Hello and welcome back to the Friday edition of The Sixth Man. Before we get into todays injuries I thought I would mention that news has come in this morning that previous Commisioner David Stern has been hospitalized in serious condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage. We hope that he is able to pull through, but it’s not looking good. We have also been recipients of a massive amount of injury news for our Friday night slate, so there will be a lot of value tonight (some good, some bad) so lets sift through it all and see what we can find to give ourselves the edge over our opponents!
Marquese Chriss (DK$3800 | FD$3500)
Arguably one of the easiest pieces of chalk to swallow tonight, Marquese Chriss, seems to be in line for another start with Draymond Green already ruled Out for tonight’s tilt against the Jazz. He seems safe for minutes regardless of the situation, but Vegas seems to think that the blowout is impending. Chriss seems like a great fit for the Warriors, the only thing that could be improved is his horrible 3PT%. Seems like a player we cant ignore given his ability to fill the stat sheet, and do so at a near 1.0PPP rate.
De’Anthony Melton (DK$3900 | FD$4100)
It was less than a week ago we saw Melton priced roughly $1000 more than he is today. Tonight the Grizzlies face the league-leading Bucks, who may be without Giannis yet again. Melton will certainly see some decent playing time with Morant already ruled out of this contest and Tyus Jones playing iffy basketball. His upside is slightly capped however based on how well Tyus plays (spoiler alert, we don’t expect much from Tyus) so even if he runs with the second unit he will be safe to hit value easily as this game should be fast.
Mike Scott (DK$3000 | FD$3600)
I think the DFS industry needs to put some respect on Mike Scotts name when he’s getting minutes. He balled out last night with no Horford to the tune of 22.50DKPT at near minimum salary. The fine folks at DraftKings decided that it wasn’t good enough, and proceed to price him for tonight’s game at 3K. Yes, 3K for a starting player in a fast paced matchup at home against a New Orleans team that is weak in the paint. We should see Joel Embiid go nuts again today, but there will be enough to go around for Scott, and he should be able to turn those viable minutes into points with his 1.25PPP rate.
Other Considerations (in no particular order)