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 eight-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Spencer Dinwiddie - Brooklyn (vs. Orlando)
Most people will look towards Luka Doncic, Trae Young, or Kendrick Nunn at point guard tonight. In other words, Dinwiddie will slip through the cracks with a tiny ownership rate. He’s coming off a mediocre effort at Charlotte on Saturday, scoring 28 fantasy points in 28 minutes (blowout). However, we can’t forget that Dinwiddie was averaging 43 FPPG in four games prior to that. The matchup vs. Orlando doesn’t jump off the screen, but this competitive draw could help Dinwiddie resume that upside.
Lou Williams - LA Clippers (vs. Memphis)
Williams is a much better play if Patrick Beverley and Paul George (both questionable) are out. There’s a chance we won’t get definitive word prior to lineup lock, as this is a late-game played on the west coast. Lou would emerge as a strong DFS value if Beverley/George don’t play, as the matchup looks great against a Memphis team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
Cedi Osman - Cleveland (vs. Miami)
Osman has been heating up for the Cavaliers, hitting 32 and 38 fantasy points respectively over his last two games. The 38 FP effort came alongside 37 minutes against the same Miami team he’ll face tonight. Kevin Love is slated to return to the lineup tonight, but there’s a chance he’ll remain limited with Cleveland having nothing to play for. Osman could pay fantasy dividends for the third straight game.
James Johnson - Minnesota (at Dallas)
Johnson hasn’t started the past two games, as Naz Reid has made a splash in his place. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Johnson’s DFS value, as he has produced 32 and 29 fantasy points in two games off the bench. He’s still seeing around 25+ minutes, which is enough to reach DFS value on a shortened salary. Johnson can contribute in every statistical category, making him a better play on FanDuel - where blocks and steals count for more.
Kelly Olynyk - Miami (at Cleveland)
Olynyk is borderline cash playable if you need a value filler. We’ll need to confirm that he’s in the starting lineup again tonight. That was the case on Saturday when Olynyk faced the same Cleveland team he’ll see tonight. The big man responded with 30 fantasy points in 26 minutes. Granted, this is a fluid situation that could be based on the hot-hand approach, but Olynyk is in a position to thrive tonight. He should see respectable minutes once again while hoping to take advantage of the vacated usage with Jimmy Butler out.
D'Angelo Russell - SG - Minnesota (at Dallas)
Derrick Jones Jr. - SF - Miami (at Cleveland)
Julius Randle - PF - New York (at Houston)