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.
Ricky Rubio - Phoenix (at San Antonio)
Rubio has finished with less than 26 fantasy points in two of his last three games. However, I’m not worried about it, as a tough matchup at Boston and a blowout vs. Indiana contributed to those low totals. Rubio finds himself in a realistic bounce-back spot at San Antonio, as the Spurs rank 24th in defensive efficiency to point guards. This should be a competitive game with one of the higher totals of the night (229).
D’Angelo Russell - Golden State (vs. Indiana)
This matchup doesn’t jump off the screen, as Indiana ranks 17th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. That’s not necessarily imposing either. We all know Russell has legitimate 50+ FP upside in his back pocket, and there’s reason to believe he can get there in this competitive home draw. “D-Lo” has achieved 42-51 FP in four of his last six games, and this is a sneaky-good spot for him to fall back into that range.
Kelly Oubre Jr. - Phoenix (at San Antonio)
Most people will probably take a wait-and-see approach with Oubre. His fantasy totals have been modest (27 FP each) in two games since coming back from a concussion. However, Oubre was a fantasy beast prior to the injury, hitting 45+ FP in five of nine games. His opponent, San Antonio, ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to small forwards, so there’s a chance Oubre can get back in that range. As mentioned earlier, this is a fantasy-friendly game environment, and I believe Oubre can get back on track within it.
Robert Covington - Minnesota (vs. Houston)
Covington is a solid mid-range pick who won’t break the bank. He also carries inherent upside in steals and blocks, which carries more weight with FanDuel’s scoring format. While “RoCo” has been somewhat pedestrian over his last two games, tonight’s matchup vs. Houston is ripe for the picking. This should be a fast-paced affair with plenty of opportunities, and the Rockets rank 20th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Clint Capela - Houston (at Minnesota)
Let’s stay with the Minnesota-Houston game, which happens to represent the highest over/under (235) of the night. Clint Capela is a legitimate 20-20 candidate within that, and he could produce in the steals/blocks category as well. The center position is loaded tonight, as Nikola Jokic and Deandre Ayton have strong matchups with Dewayne Dedmon checking in as a solid value lift. That could leave Capela with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite holding promising upside.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - PF - Memphis (at Detroit)
Jackson has been mediocre for fantasy purposes lately, but we can’t forget about his run of three straight 40+ FP efforts earlier this month. In other words, he’s fully capable of producing a strong return on investment. Tonight’s matchup at Detroit plays to his favor also, given that the Pistons rank 26th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Myles Turner - C - Indiana (at Golden State)
Indiana finds themselves in a good spot tonight while facing a Golden State team that ranks 27th in overall defensive efficiency. T.J. McConnell, T.J. Warren, and Domantas Sabonis will likely draw interest from the greater DFS community, but don’t forget about underrated picks like Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb. Both players carry non-imposing salaries in top five matchups. As for Turner specifically, he has been up-and-down lately. However, his price is at an all-time low despite hitting 29+ FP in five of his last seven. That includes a 55 FP showing in a great matchup at Chicago. Hopefully he seizes the opportunity at Golden State tonight.