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: Jamal Murray – Denver (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Murray was spectacular in the second-half of Wednesday’s game vs Washington. Afterwards, Coach Mike Malone mentioned he’d like to give Murray more playing time moving forward. It will likely come at the expense of veteran Jameer Nelson, and Murray will be looking at a nice fantasy situation while serving as the point guard of a fast-paced team (also a little bit of 2-guard). There’s a chance the rookie could see 30+ minutes in a good matchup vs Boston. If that’s the case, it could make for a very nice return on investment.
Pivot: Nicolas Batum – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $7,200)
This is your classic “low ownership by way of injury tag” situation. FanDuel has Batum listed as a game-time decision, although he is reportedly probable tonight. Most people subconsciously filter out players with injury designations next to their name. That means Batum could be looking at a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite stepping into a good matchup (Orlando ranks 19th vs SGs and has been playing faster as of late).
Pivot: Thabo Sefolosha – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
As I mentioned in the FanDuel NBA Bargains article, you don’t have to look towards value for small forward. There are several intriguing options to spend on, and Terrence Ross will likely account for a good chunk of people trying to save. That leaves Thabo with an expected tame ownership rate at this near-minimum price point. Sefolosha is averaging 32 minutes and 22 fantasy points over the past five games, which is solid output for this economical salary. At the very least, I don’t believe he’ll put up a fantasy score that hurts your squad. The cheap price also allows you to strike a high-upside combination at other positions.
Pivot: Trevor Booker – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Brook Lopez is out tonight, which makes Brooklyn’s frontcourt rotation a little tighter. While Quincy Acy and Justin Hamilton will factor into the mix, Booker could be the real winner of this situation. He has been a strong FP/minute producer all season, and now he has potential for more usage and rebounds with Lopez sidelined. To make matters better, Dallas is the worst rebounding team in the league, and they’ll be without Nerlens Noel tonight.
Pivot: Greg Monroe – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
You know the drill with Monroe. He always has upside, but it depends on the playing time within Jason Kidd’s quirky rotations. If Monroe can approach 30 minutes tonight, he should be able to produce against an Indiana team that ranks 26th in rebound rate. In his last meeting with the Pacers (Feb 11), Monroe posted 39 fantasy points in 26 minutes … Most people will be looking cheaper with Plumlee and Zeller at the center position, leaving Monroe with relatively quiet ownership.