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 7:30 ET.
Dennis Schroder - LA Lakers (vs. Portland)
Schroder is probable tonight after missing the last four games. Despite this, he still has the “GTD” tag next to his name on some DFS sites. Perhaps that will make him less popular? Either way, I believe Schroder is a nice daily fantasy asset through all formats. He carries a non-imposing salary while stepping into a comfortable matchup vs. Portland - who ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards. Schroder will need to pick up some slack with Anthony Davis still out, potentially stretching his upside.
Josh Jackson - Detroit (vs. Sacramento)
Jackson has made several appearances in this article recently, and we still like him with Delon Wright sidelined. Jerami Grant is expected to return for Detroit, but Jackson will retain a prominent role for the shorthanded Pistons’ backcourt. J-Jack is averaging a solid 32 FPPG mark over his last three games, and that represents a solid baseline moving forward. There’s a good chance he’ll top that while facing a Sacramento team that ranks 30th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
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Harrison Barnes - Sacramento (at Detroit)
Are you beginning to see a trend in this article? Almost all of the featured plays are mid-range commodities with upside. Most of them will be overlooked with people focused on the elite playmakers and bargain-basement values. I’m optimistic that Harrison Barnes will come through tonight. He’s facing a Detroit team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to small forwards while coming off a sweet 42 FP showing last night. Remember, Barnes ripped off three straight 41+ FP showings to begin the month, so he’s certainly capable of producing on that level.
Patrick Williams - Chicago (vs. Phoenix)
Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter are still sidelined for Chicago, so Patrick Williams will continue to flirt with starter minutes (33-36) every night. The rookie has dropped 29+ fantasy points in four of his last five games, and there’s a good chance he’ll extend that streak tonight. Simply put, Williams is too cheap when considering his current role - FanDuel: $5k, DraftKings: $5.1k, Yahoo: $16.
Mason Plumlee - Detroit (vs. Sacramento)
Plumlee isn’t cheap, but he’s not considered an elite center by any stretch of the imagination. In other words, his upper-mid-range salary could leave him with a smaller contingency than he deserves. Plumlee is fresh off a 51 FP outing against the Pelicans, and now he’s facing a Sacramento team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers. Obviously keep him in mind through all DFS formats.
Don’t look now, but Wendell Carter (C - CHI) has been playing some outstanding basketball. You could argue that his back-to-back 40+ FP breakouts were matchup-oriented, but Carter seems to be brimming with confidence and ample playing time. That could translate to a solid showing despite this mediocre draw vs. Phoenix.
What can we make of Danilo Gallinari (SF - ATL)? He’s the wild card of this slate. The journeyman came through with 50 fantasy points against Boston on Wednesday, and he’ll have a chance to keep contributing if Cam Reddish (questionable) is out. We can’t expect Gallo to repeat Wednesday’s dominance, but facing an OKC team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to small forwards could make him viable.