The purpose of this article is to outline potential popular selections at every position, then give some sneaky pivot plays with lower ownership rates for tournament consideration. Essentially, it’s your traditional “Tournament Picks” segment 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 accompany the popular, well-aligned picks in your FanDuel lineups.
Pivot: Donald Sloan – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
There are a lot of point guards sitting in favorable positions tonight, so some of them are sure to be looked over. Most people are concentrating on the four names listed above, while Sloan is actually cheaper with similar “per dollar” upside. Admittedly, he comes with a dose of volatility, which is keeping the masses away from him. However, he is capable of tournament winning upside, posting 40 fantasy points against the Sixers on Friday. Who does he play tonight? What’s that; this same 76ers team? Interesting…
Pivot: Gary Harris – Denver (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
When I conducted my initial research this morning, Harris was a priority value commodity right alongside the likes of Oladipo or Clarkson. Essentially, I was going to utilize two of these three options to fill the shooting guard vacancies. The curious thing about that revolves around the fact that I haven’t seen Harris listed by many daily fantasy experts today, leading me to believe that he could be underutilized. Harris comes in handy if you don’t quite have enough cap space to splurge for Oladipo and Clarkson, pivoting down to the Denver shooting guard who has averaged 27 FPPG over the past six.
Pivot: Rudy Gay – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
This pick is somewhat strange. Rudy Gay’s price is at a season low, and he’s facing a Lakers team that ranks dead last against opposing small forwards. He’s going to be an extremely popular selection, right? Well, not exactly… Gay has been very spotty as of late, hitting 18 and 13 fantasy points respectively over the past two games. However, this is the best bounce-back situation anyone could ask for, and the price/matchup/ability combination should outweigh a two game sample size. Don’t worry about the recent past: go ahead and plug him in!
Pivot: Myles Turner – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Remember 1-2 months ago when everyone was falling over themselves to roster Myles Turner? That seems to be a thing of the past, as Turner’s role has been modified, and so has daily fantasy enthusiasts’ expectations. However, Turner appears to be ready to make another run, plus the price presents a great buy-low opportunity. Turner will likely see around 30 minutes in a solid matchup against Boston (20th vs PFs), where he’s capable of posting some upside. While everyone is loving the aging Carl Landry at $4400, it may be a decent contrarian, tournament move to pay $600 extra for Turner.
Pivot: Tim Duncan – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Many daily fantasy enthusiasts probably think Tim Duncan has already retired, because they haven’t considered him on FanDuel at any time this season. Even though his minutes float around the 22-28 mark, his price is low enough where we’d settle for his 24-25 FP season average. This is a big game for the Spurs, hosting the same team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs. That has me thinking Duncan could be on the higher end of his minutes-range, and the matchup is great against a Clippers team that ranks 24th against opposing big men.