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 nine-game main slate starting at 6:00 ET.
Terry Rozier - Charlotte (at Detroit)
You probably already know the deal with Terry Rozier. He’s a boom-or-bust tournament play with a legitimate range of 15-50 fantasy points. However, I’m optimistic we’ll see his good side in a welcoming matchup at Detroit - who ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Attacking the suspect defense of Reggie Jackson has been a nice DFS strategy for years, and Rozier is definitely on my GPP radar because of that.
Khris Middleton - Milwaukee (vs. Sacramento)
There are plenty of bargain shooting guards on this slate (Huerter, LeVert, Beasley, etc) that Middleton could have a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. That comes despite a strong matchup against the Kings, who rank 24th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable tonight, and Middleton would elevate to cash game status if the MVP can’t go. However, I believe Middleton is a strong tournament choice even if Giannis plays, so keep your eye on this situation.
Andrew Wiggins - Golden State (vs. Miami)
It’s really weird seeing Wiggins in a Golden State uniform. However, he came through with 45 fantasy points in his Warriors debut on Saturday. That was boosted by five steals, but I’m expecting Wiggins to take on plenty of usage with no other established playmakers alongside him. Tonight’s matchup vs. Miami ranks middle-of-the-pack, but Wiggins should make up for that with plenty of volume. Keep him on your tournament shortlist.
Harry Giles - Sacramento (at Milwaukee)
The Kings are incredibly shorthanded up front, as Richaum Holmes, Marvin Bagley, and Alex Len will all continue to miss time. That leaves Harry Giles as one of the only players to cover the center position. As a result, he stepped up with 23 fantasy points in 27 minutes vs. San Antonio last Saturday. The Kings will roll out plenty of “small ball” lineups, but I’m still expecting Giles to get in the mix for 20-25+ minutes. That puts him in a position to pay off his dirt-cheap salary, so keep him in mind as a tournament filler to help you reach for more expensive picks elsewhere.
Marquese Chriss - Golden State (vs. Miami)
Chriss is another player who could legitimately be within 15-40 fantasy points. He has been getting more opportunities lately, hitting 37+ fantasy points in two of his last four. Tonight’s draw vs. Miami doesn’t look great on paper, but Chriss should see 25-30 minutes, and hopefully he’ll have some of Saturday’s momentum carry into this one.
Malik Beasley - Minnesota (at Toronto)
Beasley posted 43 fantasy points through 28 minutes in his Minnesota debut on Saturday. Was that a mirage? Probably, as Malik went 7-13 from behind the arc to get there. However, Beasley will see plenty of minutes for the Wolves, and he could continue to see usage if D’Angelo Russell (questionable) is out tonight. This is a tough matchup in Toronto, but Beasley is a cheap shooting guard with upside in volume if D-Lo sits.