Below, I will list my FanDuel NBA Pivots away from the conventional, popular selections. Within each write-up, I’ll explain why that player is underrated and how you should approach them during lineup construction. These picks are meant to be utilized as leverage situations in large-field tournaments.
Best of luck!
Eric Bledsoe – PG - Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $7,400)
Bledsoe is underpriced relative to his 35 FPPG average on the season. However, I’m guessing he’ll be underrated playing on a back-to-back against the hounding defense of Chris Paul. That certainly needs to be taken into consideration, but we can’t ignore Bledsoe’s ability to stuff the stat-sheet as well. He contributes in virtually every category, and an up-tempo game environment against the Clippers could help that cause. While Chris Paul’s defense seems problematic, Bledsoe should find himself with room in pick-and-roll situations.
DeMarre Carroll – SF – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Carroll was underwhelming in the season-opener, then bouncing back for 26 fantasy points in 36 minutes vs Cleveland. I’m thinking he’ll be underrated tonight, despite a matchup with the up-tempo Nuggets feeding into his full-court playing style. Carroll could rack up peripheral stats en route to a 30+ fantasy point performance. The fact that he’s seeing playing time at power forward helps his rebound rate as well.
Nikola Mirotic – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
When looking towards value at power forward, Trevor Booker, Nikola Jokic, and Taj Gibson will likely be the popular selections. However, Booker doesn’t see a ton of minutes, Denver’s frontcourt rotation is messy, and Gibson lacks upside. You could easily make a case for Nikola Mirotic, who should have no problem racking up fantasy points against Brooklyn’s subpar bench unit. He doesn’t see a ton of playing time (25-28 minutes), but Mirotic is a high-usage scorer who could pour them in quickly. Don’t overlook him while making multiple tournament lineups!
Tyson Chandler – C – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Jonas Valanciunas and Jusuf Nurkic are the two value commodities at center, and DeMarcus Cousins is the expensive play that will siphon ownership. Valanciunas has an increasing price point that is becoming more difficult for him to pay off with stable production. Meanwhile, Nurkic is susceptible to Denver’s volatile frontcourt rotation, which could pinch his minutes and subsequent production any given game. Tyson Chandler is much cheaper and in a position to succeed against a Clippers defense that ranked in the bottom five for defensive efficiency against centers last season. Sure, there’s some concern with an older player in a back-to-back situation, but the Suns will need Chandler to counter DeAndre Jordan near the hoop.
Sean Kilpatrick – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
DeMar DeRozan, Dwyane Wade, and Will Barton are the three picks everyone will gravitate towards. I believe Devin Booker is a risk/reward option within that, as he’s capable of heating up on any given night. However, when looking cheaper, Sean Kilpatrick stands out with a solid 22 FPPG average over the first three games. Randy Foye has been ruled out, so Kilpatrick will likely see his usual 23-25 minutes. He has been very productive with that playing time as of late, and he could post respectable value while saving you salary to reach for upside elsewhere.