Hello Playmakers and welcome back to The Sixth Man report where we look into the daily slate for value to ensure that our playmakers have the most flexibility with their lineup construction from a price standpoint. We have a few top-heavy options that we will want in our lineups tonight so finding the proper value on a slate this size is important for us to maximize our ability to plug in studs. NBA is always changing, therefore we need to be on our toes more than ever in this day and age for the sport to be effective. Let’s keep grinding and see what’s available today!
Malik Beasley (DK $4700 | FD $4900)
Beasley has been the benefactor of 30ish minutes in two straight games since Minnesota acquired him at the trade deadline. He’s going to take a slight hit with Russell now playing, but he’s still cheap enough in a plus spot against a bad defense. His numbers aren’t going to amaze you, but he’s the defensive anchor for Minnesota now (as weird as it is to even think this). He should remain in the starting lineup with 30ish minutes again tonight and will face off against Graham (so no worries on defensive containment). He makes a quality pivot off Russell if you’re looking for cheap exposure to this game.
Rui Hachimura (DK $5100 | FD $5000)
Rui has been consistent, and hot since his return from injury. Tonight he gets a cake match-up against the Knicks who have been notably bad for as long as we can remember. He’s slightly over the 5K mark in terms of salary, but his upside is too high for me to ignore him in tonight’s match-up. Julius Randle is a shaky defender, so Rui should be able to get what he wants in the paint tonight. Knicks give up an additional 9% of scoring to the PF spot and opposing PF’s have a 10% higher FG% as well. Don’t overthink this one. He’s solid everywhere.
Taureen Prince (DK $4800 | FD $4700)
It appears that the whole Brooklyn Nets lineup is priced as if Kyrie was playing. I usually try to avoid picking on Toronto as they are a fantastic defensive squad, but over the last two weeks they have been beatable at the 3/4 spots. Prince should also go overlooked tonight, making him a GPP play. His shot opportunity is there, as he’s attempted 41 FG’s in his last three game. He’s bound to break out of this slump eventually, so why not tonight against a Toronto squad looking for W16.
Other Considerations (in no particular order)