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!
Pivot: Jordan Clarkson – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
As I highlighted in the FanDuel NBA Bargains column, there’s no shortage of quality options at the point guard position. Most people will be looking towards Clarkson’s teammate (Russell), leaving him with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite more minutes in the wake of Lou Williams’ trade. Clarkson is averaging 26 FPPG over the past three games since the All-Star break. As we’ve seen in the past, J-Clark is one of those players who can take over a game if he gains confidence early on.
Pivot: Caris LeVert – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
The matchup doesn’t look good on paper, but there’s a chance LeVert will see majority of his minutes against Joe Ingles (possibly starting for Rodney Hood), which makes the draw less imposing. LeVert has flexed some capable upside when he gets quality playing time of 25+ minutes, hitting 28 FP in 25 minutes Wednesday at Sacramento. The shooting guard position is wide-open tonight, so taking a chance on a value pick who has the ability to stuff the stat-sheet isn’t a bad move by any stretch of the imagination.
Pivot: Jae Crowder – Boston (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
I’m thinking Crowder will slip through the cracks tonight, as most people will be looking higher (LeBron, Hayward, Carmelo) or lower (Ingram, Warren, Ingles) in terms of salary. Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford will likely garner plenty of attention from Boston, and DFS enthusiasts likely won’t want to overload on Celtics by looking to Crowder as well. The matchup is intriguing against a Lakers team that ranks 27th vs SFs, and he has flexed upside of 34+ FP in two of the past three.
Pivot: Paul Millsap – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $7,500)
Everyone seems to be looking in the mid-range at power forward with Ibaka, Porzingis, and Randle. That’s not a bad strategy for cash games, but Millsap shines through as an interesting differentiator in large-field tournaments. He’s only $600-$800 more expensive than guys like Ibaka and Porzingis, looking at a quality matchup against a Cleveland team without Kevin Love. This is a high-scoring, competitive game, and Milly is playing with confidence after flirting with a triple-double on Wednesday.
Pivot: Alan Williams – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Williams has been heating up as of late, averaging 27 minutes and 33 fantasy points over the past three. Granted, there’s some volatility within that, looking from both a minutes and production standpoint. That’s the risk/reward proposition we’re looking at tonight, especially factoring in a subpar matchup against Oklahoma City (from a defensive efficiency standpoint). Even though Williams has shown some momentum as of late, I still believe he’ll be underrated with Kyle O’Quinn soaking up most of the ownership in a better matchup at the same price. He has upside if the minutes correspond, but Phoenix's frontcourt rotation has been difficult to predict as of late. That's why Williams is more of a GPP diversifier than a 'core cash game play' on this slate.