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: Rajon Rondo – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Rondo came back to the fantasy scene last week, hitting 35 and 40 fantasy points respectively. Since then, he was just okay at Washington (23 FP) and flopped in a tough matchup with Utah (11 FP in 21 minutes). The public weighs recent performances heavily, so Rondo could be underrated with a slightly lower price point tonight. There’s a decent chance he’ll find his way back in the good graces of fantasy backers while holding his full-time role in a mediocre matchup with Toronto.
Pivot: Randy Foye – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Jeremy Lin, Sean Kilpatrick, and Joe Harris are all doubtful tonight. That thins Brooklyn’s backcourt rotation, and Foye should be looking at a stable 28+ minutes as a result. He could see more usage and ball-handling responsibilities as well. The shooting guard position is pretty weak tonight, so locking in a near-minimum player and investing in upside elsewhere isn’t a bad strategy. Foye is one of the few sub $4k SG picks who could conceivably post 20 fantasy points.
Pivot: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
As I mentioned in the previous write-up: Lin, Kilpatrick, and Harris are doubtful for Brooklyn tonight. That frees Hollis-Jefferson to take on a heightened offensive role. RHJ is no stranger to this column, as we usually like focusing on him while playing up in pace. That’s not the case tonight, but the potential usage boosts should be enough to stabilize his fantasy floor. The matchup isn’t great vs Detroit, but it’s not necessarily imposing either (Pistons rank 12th vs SFs). Because RHJ is a lesser-known player without an elite draw, he’ll likely go underrated despite that prospect of increased usage.
Pivot: Nikola Mirotic – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Mirotic is your classic risk/reward pick tonight. He posted three strong games in a row (36, 25, 36 FP respectively), then taught fantasy backers a lesson in volatility with 9 FP in 17 minutes vs Utah. You could attribute that to Utah’s tough defense, but the fact Bobby Portis stepped up with a productive outing (22 points, 5 boards) is concerning moving forward. It seems that Chicago will take a hot-hand approach between the two. That being said, Mirotic could resume his usual 30 minute role against a Toronto team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency vs power forwards. I’m guessing people won’t want to take that chance, especially with a solid complement of value in the mid-range category of this position.
Pivot: Hassan Whiteside – Miami (FanDuel Price: $8,700)
Whiteside has been great with a consistent 42 FPPG average over the past six. Despite that (and a great matchup), he’ll likely be underrated tonight. The center position is deeper than usual, as most people will be focused on Jordan, Drummond, Nurkic, Williams, and possibly Zubac at cheaper price points. If you can swing paying a little more for “Hassan Upside”, he could deliver a rewarding return against a Phoenix team that ranks second in pace and 27th in defensive efficiency vs centers.