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 1: Ish Smith – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $6,800)
I’m assuming Ish Smith will be overlooked tonight, as the focus seems to be concentrated towards Kyrie Irving and Reggie Jackson within this price range. Sure, Smith’s price is a little more inflated than we’ve grown accustomed to, but so is his current role. He has hit 43+ fantasy points in two straight games, and he’ll need to do the heavy offensive lifting once again with Noel, Grant, and Holmes all questionable tonight.
Pivot 2: Shane Larkin – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
The Nets have been a brutal team to follow this season, which is why minor rotation changes sometimes slip past daily fantasy enthusiasts. I’m talking about Shane Larkin overtaking the starting point guard position for an average of 30 minutes and 27 fantasy points over the past three. That type of production easily exceeds value for the near-minimum salary, and the matchup at Orlando (23rd in defensive efficiency against point guards) is welcoming.
Pivot: Brad Beal (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Most people will probably write-off Brad(ley) Beal tonight, as he burned many DFS backers with a 1-5 performance at the Lakers on Sunday. However, he is still capable of upside, and the Wizards will need to lean heavily on him to keep pace with the juggernaut Warriors’ offense. This could be one of those games where he breaks out for 35-40 fantasy points, something he has done in two of the past six.
Pivot: Trevor Ariza – Houston (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Ariza’s price has fallen alongside his recent production, but this is somewhat of a tempting “buy-low position”. The value plays at small forward aren’t too promising, so pivoting away from popular selections like Robert Covington or Otto Porter don’t come with as much risk as usual. Ariza is still seeing heavy minutes around 37-40, prime for a breakout game at any given moment. This should be a competitive, high-scoring tilt with the Cavaliers tonight, and Ariza won’t have the usual grueling matchup against LeBron James to curb his fantasy appeal.
Pivot: Marvin Williams – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Williams busted out for 37 fantasy points at Milwaukee on Saturday, which nearly replicates his production of the previous three games combined. There’s a good chance some of that confidence will carry into a sweet matchup with Philadelphia, who ranks 27th against the power forward position. The risk comes in playing time, as Charlotte is finally healthy in the frontcourt, and the minutes sometimes go to whoever has the “hot hand”. However, if that player happens to be Marvin, you’ll be thankful he’s a part of your tournament lineup!
Pivot: Enes Kanter – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
The center position isn’t very strong tonight, making it fairly easy to pivot away from the crowd and take chances. Brook Lopez is in a decent position, but he’s also pricey. Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi are okay for cash games, but I’m not sold on their upside. Enes Kanter has an intriguing price/upside combination for tournament purposes tonight. He only sees around 22-27 minutes off the bench, but he’s still capable of posting some monster stat lines with extreme efficiency. This matchup against Detroit is extremely winnable, as the Piston rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing big men.