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 Monday’s seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Terry Rozier - Charlotte (at Portland)
Rozier is no stranger to this column, as his inconsistency usually translates to lower exposure in daily fantasy tournaments. The Charlotte point guard is coming off a rough 9 FP outing (28 minutes) at Phoenix on Saturday, something that will have most DFS backers running in the opposite direction. However, Rozier topped 20 real-life points and 36-47 fantasy points in five straight prior to that dud. He has a chance to get back within that range against a Portland team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Dennis Schroder - Oklahoma City (at Minnesota)
Schroder has been pretty mediocre over his last five games, and his salary has marginally dropped as a result. Tonight could make for a nice buy-low opportunity while playing up in pace against a Minnesota team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have been taking over for OKC lately, but Schroder still has upside in his back pocket. He’s still seeing around 35 minutes, which should be enough time to thrive in this advantageous draw.
Miles Bridges - Charlotte (at Portland)
Bridges is often forgotten because he plays on a bad team. Having said that, he’s still reasonably cheap despite notching 33+ fantasy points in four of his past five games. His playing time remains solid around 35 minutes per contest, and tonight’s matchup inspires confidence with Portland ranking 21st in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Bridges can produce in every category, and there’s additional upside if his shot is falling.
Christian Wood - Detroit (vs. New Orleans)
The Detroit frontcourt (aside from Andre Drummond) has been a mess lately. With Blake Griffin on the shelf, guys like Thon Maker, Christian Wood, and Sekou Doumbouya have been trading minutes and subsequent fantasy production. Wood is probably the most viable fantasy producer of that group, and he’s coming off a sweet 48 FP outing vs. Chicago. Those outbursts have been few and far between, but Wood could find his way to another solid showing against a New Orleans team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to centers.
Hassan Whiteside - Portland (vs. Charlotte)
Whiteside will probably be overlooked tonight, as most people will look towards Andre Drummond or a cheaper center. The “GTD” tag next to Whiteside’s name could scare people away, even though he’s technically probable to play through illness. The matchup looks great on paper, as Charlotte ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers. Because of that, Whiteside makes for an interesting leverage play on the field, and there’s 50-60 FP upside assuming the illness doesn’t slow him down too much.
Jaxson Hayes - C - New Orleans (at Detroit)
Looking for a cheaper center? Hayes makes for a tournament solution to that problem, as he has been heating up with 40 FP in two of his past three games. Of course, his DFS viability somewhat depends on the status of Derrick Favors (questionable), but Hayes actually produced those 40 FP efforts alongside Favors. The matchup isn’t great at Detroit, but Hayes still makes for an interesting “per dollar” acquisition in GPPs.