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: Malcolm Brogdon – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Brogdon ran into some foul trouble last night, limiting his minutes and subsequent production. I’m expecting him to get back on track tonight vs Toronto, churning out a performance more in line with his 33 minute 30 fantasy point average over the previous two outings. On top of that increased playing time, the fact that Khris Middleton is questionable (rest on a back-to-back) also plays into Brogdon’s favor. He’d see solidified minutes and more usage if Middleton is out or limited, vaulting him into potential cash game conversation.
Pivot: Norman Powell – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Powell is usually a guy we only consider if DeMar DeRozan is out. However, the second-year player out of UCLA has been racking up efficient stat-lines in the wake of Kyle Lowry’s absence this time. Case in point: 54 total fantasy points in 41 minutes over the past two games. The playing time is a bit murky, but hopefully Powell has carved himself a 23-25 minute role with the recent stream of production. If that’s the case (where the risk lies), he could be on his way to another solid performance against a Milwaukee team that ranks 18th vs shooting guards.
Pivot: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Like several Brooklyn players, there’s volatility in Hollis-Jefferson’s game log due to blowouts. That’s certainly a factor tonight while playing at Portland, but I believe there’s capable upside to consider in a large-field tournament. Looking back over the past month, RHJ has posted 28+ fantasy points in three games. All of those outings came against teams that rank above-average in pace. Also, Hollis-Jefferson posted 8+ rebounds apiece. Going up against a Portland team that ranks ninth in pace, 21st in defensive efficiency vs small forwards, and 25th in rebound rate seems like tasty recipe for RHJ to gobble some upside. On top of that, Brooklyn rookie Caris LeVert has been sitting out back-to-back situations. If he’s out tonight, that would help solidify Hollis-Jefferson’s role and playing time.
Pivot: Al-Farouq Aminu – Portland (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
As you can see, I’m expecting the mid-range to be very popular at power forward tonight. Aminu could potentially slip through the cracks despite looking at an ideal matchup vs Brooklyn (1st in pace, 30th vs PFs, 28th in rebound rate). Ed Davis is out for the rest of the season, and Aminu has benefitted with 29+ minutes and 26+ fantasy points in two of the past three. He had a bad game last Tuesday at Detroit, hitting just 10 fantasy points in 24 minutes. However, he bounced-back nicely for 31 fantasy points in 32 minutes on Thursday. I’m thinking Aminu will trend towards the latter in this exceptional matchup.
Pivot: Brook Lopez – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $6,900)
I mentioned this earlier with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: most of the Nets’ players have volatile game logs due to blowouts. That risk persists tonight at Portland. However, if Brooklyn stays in this game, Lopez will likely be the reason. Portland ranks 27th in defensive efficiency against centers and 25th in rebound rate, so the matchup certainly breathes some life into his fantasy potential.