The objective of this segment is to outline potential popular selections at every position, then give some sneaky pivot plays with lower ownership percentages for tournament consideration. Essentially, it’s your traditional Tournament Picks article with an emphasis on getting away from those “groupthink selections” of the day.
In other words, I’m playing devil’s advocate in going against the grain. Hopefully, this will help find some lower-owned pivot plays to acompany the popular, well-aligned picks in your FanDuel lineups.
Pivot 1: Rajon Rondo – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $8,600)
Rondo has that yellow “game-time decision” tag next to his name on FanDuel, and I’m guessing that will scare many people away. However, Rondo is listed as probable, despite dealing with multiple ailments (ankle, toe, thumb). He has done very well despite that, hitting 40+ fantasy points in three of his past five games. The matchup against New Orleans looks great as well, given that the Pelicans rank 29th in defensive efficiency against point guards.
Pivot 2: Darren Collison – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
While doing independent research this morning, I labelled Collison as a very plausible PG2 filler in all formats. After all, he’s averaging a decent 32 minutes and 26 fantasy points over the past five games. Also, the Pelicans rank in the bottom five against opposing backcourts. Despite that, I can’t find anyone else talking about him tonight, leading me to believe he’ll have a lower-than-deserved ownership percentage. I’m not saying he’s a building block in your lineups, but he’s a well-aligned, cheap filler who could provide enough value and cap space to catch upside at other positions.
Pivot: Andrew Wiggins – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Everybody and their proverbial dog likes Nicolas Batum and Zach LaVine tonight. It’s hard to shy away from them at their respective price points, as the recent performances and matchups set up well alongside that. However, there lies Andrew Wiggins wedged between these two popular selections, likely getting overlooked. He is certainly capable of high-upside if the shot is falling, fresh off a 41 fantasy point performance on Saturday. Charlotte ranks 18th in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards as well.
Pivot 1: Rudy Gay – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $6,600)
Rudy Gay will likely be underutilized for the same reasons outlined with Rajon Rondo. Gay is probable tonight, despite holding a “GTD” tag on FanDuel. You can’t really beat the price point, which represents a season-low for the Sacramento small forward. Also, the matchup against New Orleans screams “bounce back performance” after a few subpar outings. There aren’t many mid-range small forwards to feel confident in tonight, and I’m guessing most people will chase Chandler Parsons’ game log for a similar salary, despite Gay having the better matchup.
Pivot 2: Mike Dunleavy – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
While assembling my preliminary lineups, I often found myself stuck at the SF2 position. It’s tough to blend top-dollar options like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James together. It’s even somewhat of a stretch to roster one of those players alongside the aforementioned likes of Rudy Gay or Chandler Parsons. For that reason, it may be a viable strategy to punt the second small forward spot, and spend up elsewhere. Mike Dunleavy doesn’t have tremendous upside, but he’s cheap, seeing around 30 minutes per game, and could contribute a solid 20 fantasy points; which is all you really need from him.
Pivot: JaMychal Green – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Chris Andersen is considered questionable for Memphis tonight. Also remember that Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright have already been ruled out indefinitely. Andersen’s absence would create more of a void in Memphis’ depleted frontcourt, and JaMychal Green could step into an elevated role as a result. Green has been a decent contributor as of late, hitting 22+ fantasy points in two of the past three, sticking to a 20-24 minute role. Both of those numbers could rise if the Grizzlies are short up front.
Breakdown: Honestly, I believe you’ll need one of the three popular selections to construct a winning lineup tonight. There isn’t much to offer in terms of value plays, and the aforementioned names all have GPP-winning upside. Andrew Bogut is one cheap tournament option to consider, but I don’t feel extremely confident in his prospects, especially considering his age on a back-to-back, getting banged up yesterday. I’m likely rolling with Gasol, Towns, or Cousins in tournaments and cash games alike.