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 slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kyle Lowry - Toronto (at Sacramento)
The point guard position is always going to be loaded on a 10-game slate. While we have some injury situations to sort out, tonight is no exception. Lowry will probably be overshadowed by guys like Stephen Curry, De’Aaron Fox, Elfird Payton, and John Wall. However, the Toronto floor general has a non-imposing salary, and I love the matchup at Sacramento. The Kings rank 10th in pace and 26th in defensive efficiency to point guards (23rd last season). Lowry is capable of producing in every category, and he’ll see a ton of minutes. Don’t overlook him or teammate Fred VanVleet tonight. One (or both) of them will have a big game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Oklahoma City (at New York)
Gilgeous-Alexander is brimming with confidence after turning in his best game of the season (54 FP at NO) on Wednesday. Now he’ll step into another strong matchup at New York. Similar to the write-up of Lowry, “SGA” carries 50+ FP upside with the ability to produce in every category. He’s shooting the ball with much more confidence lately, which really makes him a target in DFS tournaments.
Terrence Ross - Orlando (at Houston)
Markelle Fultz is out and Evan Fournier is questionable. Needless to say, Orlando needs some help in the backcourt. Rookie Cole Anthony will be a popular DFS bargain while filling in for Fultz, but don’t forget about Ross. The latter should see more looks as well, especially if Fournier is sidelined. Ross is still cheap while averaging a healthy 32 FPPG over his last three. The matchup looks wonderful in a high-scoring date with Houston, who ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency to shooting guards last season. The Rockets also rank 22nd in three-point defense to begin this campaign.
Joe Harris - Brooklyn (at Memphis)
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both out for Brooklyn, and Joe Harris came through with 43 fantasy points in their absence last game. I was thinking that would make him a popular DFS bargain tonight, but I’m not seeing his name too much in optimizers/analysis across the industry. Regardless of his contingency, I believe Harris is a strong lift through all formats. He should see plenty of shots while taking on a Memphis team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards to begin the season.
Marvin Bagley - Sacramento (vs. Toronto)
Motivation can be huge in basketball. Marvin Bagley III garnered dubious headlines earlier this week when his father tweeted for his son to be traded out of Sacramento. That prompted a response from De’Aaron Fox’s dad and plenty of unwanted attention. Bagley responded to the media circus by posting 45 FP in 29 minutes vs. Chicago on Wednesday. We all know Marvin is fully capable of those lines on a nightly basis, so perhaps this was his wake up call? Or was that an outlier in an otherwise down season? That’s the risk/reward situation we are looking at tonight, but Bagley is still cheap with an abundance of profit potential if he decides to keep playing at a high level. His opponent, Toronto, ranks 23rd in d-eff to power forwards with the worst rebound rate so far this season.
Steven Adams - New Orleans (vs. Charlotte)
Adams is a defensive-minded center who is usually forgotten by the DFS crowd. However, he has been looking pretty good in fantasyland with 35+ FP in two of his last four. I like that the Pelicans are willing to play him 32-35 minutes on a nightly basis, giving Adams plenty of opportunities to rack up peripheral stats. Tonight’s matchup against the Hornets looks good, as Charlotte ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to centers and 23rd in rebound rate. Adams has a non-imposing mid-range salary with keeping on your tournament shortlist.