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 (vs. Portland)
Rubio is in a great spot for tournaments. Most people will look towards the expensive (Young, Doncic) or cheap (Holiday, McConnell, Fultz) picks at point guard tonight. That leaves upper-mid-range selections like Rubio camouflage. Rubio will step into a strong matchup vs. Portland, who ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Ricky has chipped in 42+ fantasy points in four of his last six outings, and this is a great spot to expect more of the same.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Oklahoma City (at New York)
Gilgeous-Alexander follows the same game theory narrative as Rubio above. There are expensive (Beal, Butler) and value (Ross, Huerter, Beasley) commodities headlining the shooting guard position tonight. “SGA” could find himself with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite facing a vulnerable New York defense. Shai is no stranger to fantasy upside, as he has produced 45+ fantasy points in two of his last five outings. Tonight’s game in Madison Square Garden could set the stage for another breakout performance.
Joe Harris - Brooklyn (vs. San Antonio)
Harris is a sneaky-good bargain who has paid off his non-imposing salary with 27-32 fantasy points in three of his last four outings. He’s rebounding the ball with some consistency, which helps pad his DFS numbers on top of scoring. Of course, Harris has the ability to post 20-30 real-life points if his jumper is falling. The matchup looks good against a San Antonio squad that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to small forwards, so I don’t mind taking Harris as a value filler with a sprinkle of upside.
Davis Bertans - Washington (vs. Atlanta)
As mentioned in the NBA DFS Plays column, this Washington-Atlanta game makes for an excellent fantasy environment. After all, the over/under currently stands at 247.5 total points. Bertans could be an overlooked option within that. He’s back to seeing around 30 minutes per game, which has translated to 35 fantasy points in two of his last three. Bertans has been up-and-down over the past month, but I’m thinking we’ll see his good side in this terrific matchup. The Hawks rank 25th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Myles Turner - Indiana (at Chicago)
Turner makes for an underrated DFS pick at a mid-range salary. He could realistically post a similar fantasy score compared to the top centers (Vucevic, Whiteside, etc) if things fall his way. For reference, Turner has a range of 17-50 fantasy points over his last five games, so there’s plenty of volatility in his fantasy profile. However, I believe he’ll finish towards the higher-end of that range while facing a Chicago team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to centers. The last time these two teams met (Jan. 10), Turner posted 55 fantasy points in 33 minutes. I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happened tonight.