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: Derrick Rose – New York (FanDuel Price: $6,400)
Rose may be somewhat underrate tonight, as there’s a cluster of quality point guards in this salary range (Rubio, Dragic, Schroder). Things may be somewhat awkward in New York after the Knicks were openly trying to trade Rose during the All-Star break. That doesn’t mean Derrick can’t post solid fantasy numbers, especially in a generous matchup vs Philadelphia. Most people will probably avoid this seemingly dysfunctional situation, but the minutes have actually been stable for Rose as of late. The NYK point guard posted 39+ FP twice in the past five games, and he could reasonably get within that range again tonight.
Pivot: Gerald Henderson – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
I’m really hoping Henderson is underrated tonight. The shooting guard position overall is underwhelming, so taking a solid pick at near-minimum salary seems like a good move (then paying for upside elsewhere). Henderson has been asked to take on more responsibility with a good chunk of Philadelphia’s roster either traded away or injured. Hendo responded with 25 FP in 31 minutes last game, and you only need around 20 FP for him to hit value at this bargain basement price.
Pivot: Paul George – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $8,100)
Paul George has a yellow “game time decision” icon next to his name on FanDuel (even though he said he will play tonight). I’m thinking that will cause most people to gloss over his name and fail to even consider him in their lineups. That creates a potential leverage situation in tournaments, and the matchup is actually better than most would think. Miami ranks 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing small forwards, suffering a substantial drop in that category after Justise Winslow’s injury.
Pivot: Ryan Anderson – Houston (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
Anderson is a regular within the GPP Pivots column, and I seemingly always say the same thing whenever he’s featured: Anderson is a risk/reward play who could conceivably post 15 or 45 fantasy points on any given night. I really like the game environment for him, facing a Minnesota team that has been near the bottom in overall defensive efficiency through the past month. The last time these two teams met, Anderson posted 34 FP in 38 minutes. Having said that, you never really know what his role will be on any given night. Also, the introduction of a high-usage player like Lou Williams adds some risk to this situation.
Pivot 1: Kyle O’Quinn – New York (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Most people are looking towards Willy Hernangomez to pick up the slack with Porzingis out and Noah highly questionable. That’s a good move in cash games; however, let’s not forget about O’Quinn in tournaments. He could see 20-25 minutes tonight, and KOQ is an efficient fantasy producer who could do some damage (30+ FP) in that time allotment. Facing a weak Philadelphia frontcourt without Joel Embiid certainly helps.
Pivot 2: JaVale McGee – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
This game is expected to be a blowout with Golden State favored by 20+ points. You know what that means: garbage time for Mr. McGee! JaVale has actually been a plausible fantasy producer in limited minutes off the bench. There’s a chance he could play 20-25 minutes tonight while soaking up garbage production in the fourth. Facing a Brooklyn team that ranks near the bottom vs centers and in rebound rate could boost his efficiency to a solid return of 20-25 fantasy points.