Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at Friday’s 10-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Markelle Fultz - Orlando (at Phoenix)
Fultz strikes me as someone who should be heavily owned, but I’m thinking he’ll slip through the ownership cracks tonight. There’s a ton of strong DFS point guards on this slate, and Fultz could be underrated despite staring at a wonderful opportunity. Fellow PG D.J. Augustin is doubtful, which should slide more minutes/opportunities to Fultz. The Orlando point guard has looked good lately with 39 and 34 fantasy points respectively in his last two, and he has a clear path to upside against a Phoenix team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to PGs.
Kevin Huerter - Atlanta (at Washington)
This Atlanta-Washington game epitomizes everything that is great about daily fantasy sports. Without DFS, this would be a forgettable matchup of subpar teams in the second week of January. However, this is the fantasy game of the night with a 239 over/under pitting two of the worst defenses against each other. That’s the only reason I’ll be watching.
Most people will take Trae Young from this game, but don’t forget about the peripheral options from Atlanta. Kevin Huerter has been flexing lately, achieving 35+ fantasy points in four of his last five. He’s seeing upwards of 38-40 minutes, which will give him plenty of opportunities to thrive against a Washington team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
T.J. Warren - Indiana (at Chicago)
Warren is artificially underpriced on most DFS sites. He was ejected for getting into with Jimmy Butler on Wednesday, leaving him with just eight fantasy points in 23 minutes. However, we can’t forget that Warren posted 35+ FP (including 52 FP at Charlotte) in three straight prior to that. Wednesday’s dud has negatively impacted his DFS salary, and he’s a buy-low option because of that. The matchup at Chicago doesn’t exactly “pop”, but Warren could see additional opportunities if Domantas Sabonis (questionable) is out or limited.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - Memphis (vs. San Antonio)
Jackson’s rationale is very similar to Fultz, who was listed above. In other words, Jackson should probably be heavily owned, but there’s a good chance he’ll fall by the wayside with numerous value options at power forward. Jackson has achieved 40+ fantasy points in three straight, and now he finds himself in a competitive draw (231 over/under) against the Spurs. San Antonio ranks 18th in defensive efficiency to power forwards, and Jackson should continue to produce here.
Rudy Gobert - Utah (vs. Charlotte)
Most people will be looking towards the bargains at center, but don’t forget about Rudy Gobert is an excellent matchup. Gobert has been playing some quality basketball lately, including 46 FP (26 minutes) vs. New York and 48 FP (34 minutes) vs. Detroit. This is a promising draw against Charlotte tonight, who ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers.
Kris Dunn - PG - Chicago (vs. Indiana)
Dunn is a true gamble. You never really know how Chicago’s backcourt will shake out, as Dunn, Satoransky, LaVine, and White all seem to trade big games. However, Dunn has come up big with 35 and 43 fantasy points in two of his last three games. His opponent, Indiana, has struggled against opposing point guards (26th in d-eff) over the past 10 with Malcolm Brogdon out, presenting an opportunity if Brogdon misses another game.
Alex Len - C - Atlanta (at Washington)
As mentioned earlier, this Atlanta-Washington tilt is a fantasy goldmine. Len is a sneaky-good option within that, as the Hawks are somewhat shorthanded in the frontcourt with Jabari Parker and Bruno Fernando sidelined. I wouldn’t be surprised if Len found his way to 35+ fantasy points against a Washington team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers.