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: Derrick Rose – New York (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Rose seems to be the “forgotten man” within the point guard position today. Westbrook and Lillard are drawing attention amongst the expensive picks, while Mudiay, Rondo, and even Tim Frazier are trending as value selections. Rose will seemingly slip through the cracks tonight despite facing a Portland team that ranks fourth in pace, 30th in defensive efficiency, and 21st against point guards. Even though Rose has been subpar as of late, this sets up for a breakout performance.
Pivot: Kyle Korver – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
If you are trying to fit Westbrook and Davis in the same lineup, you’ll likely need some deep value. Korver and Courtney Lee are two shooting guards near minimum salary to help in that department. Despite holding similar floor/ceiling projections, I’m thinking Korver will have a lower ownership rate (Lee coming off a good game). The matchup looks good for Korver, playing up in pace against a New Orleans team that ranks 26th against the shooting guard position and 24th at defending three-pointers. You only need the veteran to produce 25+ fantasy points, something he has done in three of the past five games.
Pivot: Kent Bazemore – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Thabo Sefolosha is expected to return from a three-game absence this evening. That will likely have people down on Bazemore’s fantasy projection. However, Bazemore’s playing time (and subsequent production) didn’t change when Thabo was out. In fact, Bazemore has had some of his best games when Sefolosha was also in the lineup. Baze has been over 30 fantasy points in four of the past eight, showing plausible upside while playing up in pace vs New Orleans.
Pivot 1: Julius Randle – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
Randle’s salary is caught in-between well-aligned picks like Davis, Millsap, Porzingis, and the cheaper likes of Taj Gibson. Even though the playing time isn’t as high as we’d like, Randle has flexed 40+ FP upside several times over the past few weeks. This is the highest projected scoring game of the day between two teams that rank in the top ten for pace. Oklahoma City also ranks 21st against opposing power forwards. If D’Angelo Russell is limited by injury, there’s a chance Randle could pick up more usage.
Pivot 2: Enes Kanter – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
People will likely flock to Taj Gibson in this price range for stability. While that’s not a bad move for cash games, I believe Kanter can provide more upside in tournaments. The playing time is always suspect when coming off the bench, but Kanter is an excellent FP/minute producer in a great matchup. Earlier this season, he posted 22 fantasy points in 22 minutes against the Lakers. It’s possible for him to build on that mark tonight.
Pivot: Robin Lopez – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
You are likely going value at center tonight. Mason Plumlee and Kyle O’Quinn are two of the safest picks within that. However, foul trouble is always a concern amongst big men, and it’s not a completely wild idea to differentiate in large-field tournaments. Robin Lopez is a way to pivot off those mainstream picks without sacrificing a ton of upside. There’s a chance Chicago runs more “small-ball” tonight while countering Denver’s smaller attack (at times). However, Lopez has profit potential if he sees substantial playing time. He has been over 28 fantasy points in five of the last six.