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 1: Mike Conley – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $8,000)
Under ordinary circumstances, Conley would be popular while playing up in pace against a Phoenix team that ranks 23rd vs opposing point guards. However, we have several notable floor generals stealing attention away from him tonight (see above). I’m thinking Lillard and Walker will account for majority of the ownership here, and they are a similar price point to Conley. That leaves a decent tournament situation where we can snag the Memphis PG at a lower rate in a high-upside draw.
Pivot 2: George Hill – Utah (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Hill isn’t an exciting fantasy pick, but he’s a solid producer with capable upside if the matchup corresponds. Facing an Oklahoma City team that ranks 20th vs opposing point guards would qualify. As I mentioned in the previous write-up, most people will be focused on the higher-end PGs within this slate. Even around the mid-range, there’s a chance D’Angelo Russell could generate more ownership than Hill at a similar salary. I’m liking the Utah point guard in this spot, as Gordon Hayward will be looking at a tougher-than-usual matchup (OKC 8th vs SFs), which could funnel more usage towards Hill.
Pivot: Tony Allen – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
I’m hoping Tony Allen slips through the proverbial cracks, much like his teammate Mike Conley (listed above). Gary Harris has been a solid producer as of late, and I’m thinking most people will take him within this salary range (in combination with Klay/Batum/Beal). Let’s not overlook Allen if you need a solid value filler. Playing up in pace vs Phoenix (29th vs shooting guards) could feed his open-court, peripheral-stat-producing playing style. Allen only needs 23 fantasy points to hit solid value for this bargain price, and he has exceeded that total four of the past five. Granted, a good chunk of his fantasy viability revolves around racking up steals with transition buckets, but facing a young Phoenix team seems like a good landing spot to execute.
Pivot: Maurice Harkless – Portland (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
Harkless has been seeing more playing time with Evan Turner sidelined. In fact, he’s averaging 37 minutes and 28 FPPG over the past two, which is solid production for this salary. The reason I believe he will be underrated has to do with Brandon Ingram gaining traction for only $4000. He will likely siphon ownership away from Harkless. However, as we’ve seen in the past, Ingram has been a volatile commodity who has burned DFS enthusiasts repeatedly. By pivoting to Harkless over Ingram, you could find yourself ahead of the pack if the rookie’s low floor rears its ugly head tonight.
Pivot: Tobias Harris – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
This may be the most “out-on-a-limb” pick of this article. Harris’ role seems to fluctuate on a game-to-game basis in terms of usage and minutes. While the playing time has been trending up (37 and 33 minutes in past two), the production has been spotty, 39 and 16 FP respectively. He does possess capable upside, and the matchup lines up favorably against a Portland team that ranks 25th vs PFs, 25th in rebound rate. Not only is there risk in Tobias’ profile, but the opportunity cost with Kaminsky and Mirotic looking like solid values is something to consider as well. I would advise mixing Harris into a few lineups (maybe 1-2 of five) if assembling multiple entries for large-field tournaments.
Pivot: Alan Williams – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
This isn’t necessarily chasing points, but the fact that Williams posted 45 FP in 34 minutes Sunday at Milwaukee doesn’t hurt either. Hopefully the Suns stay with him moving forward, but we all know that isn’t necessarily a guarantee within their fluid frontcourt rotation. Other center values like Zubac (cheaper) and Nurkic (more of a track record) will likely generate more ownership, especially given Williams’ marked-up price point. However, taking a chance on “Big Sauce” in tournaments seems like a viable strategy.