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 seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kyle Lowry - Toronto (at Detroit)
The opportunity cost at point guard is extremely high on tonight’s seven-game slate. That should push ownership away from an upper-mid-range guy like Kyle Lowry. Most people will be looking at the cheap options or spend for Russell Westbrook/Damian Lillard in this spot. Don’t forget about Lowry, who will face a Detroit team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Even though Toronto’s backcourt is healthier with Fred VanVleet (and Siakam) back in the mix, Lowry is still capable of upside with 53 and 46 FP in two of his past four games.
Jrue Holiday - New Orleans (vs. Memphis)
Holiday follows a similar rationale provided with Lowry above. Most people will be looking cheap at shooting guard or spend up on James Harden. The upper-mid-range is competitive with Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Fred VanVleet all competing with Holiday for DFS attention. However, Jrue has been heating up with 44 FPPG over his past four. There’s a good chance he’ll keep it going against a Memphis team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
Pascal Siakam - Toronto (at Detroit)
Taking one of Lowry or Siakam makes for a savvy tournament move tonight. I’m thinking both playmakers will be underrated despite the promising matchup in Detroit. In Siakam’s case, the Pistons rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to small forwards. The Toronto forward will probably be overlooked with everyone rushing to click LeBron James into their roster tonight. Siakam makes for an interesting (cheaper) pivot away from the crowd, and he has posted 40+ FP in four of his last five.
P.J. Tucker - Houston (vs. Dallas)
There’s no shortage of reliable bargains at the power forward position, as Serge Ibaka, Zion Williamson, Brandon Clarke, and Thaddeus Young all fit that description. However, don’t forget about P.J. Tucker, who is cheaper than that group while seeing a ton of minutes for the Rockets. Sure, Tucker is a boom-or-bust fantasy asset, but he has been heating up lately with a strong 28 FPPG average over his last five. That’s a solid baseline for a dirt-cheap tournament stab.
Dwight Howard - LA Lakers (vs. Portland)
JaVale McGee is probable after missing his last two games with an illness. That will likely dampen the enthusiasm (and ownership rate) for Howard in tournaments. However, Dwight has proven the ability to produce even with McGee in the lineup, averaging 32 FPPG over the last nine games when both centers were active. Howard could post another efficiency performance against a Portland team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers.