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.
Malcolm Brogdon - Indiana (at San Antonio)
Brogdon makes for an interesting mid-range point guard through all DFS formats tonight. Most people will be looking towards Trae Young, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and others at this position. Brogdon doesn’t have the “hype factor” of that group, but he can consistently produce across the board. He has posted 37+ fantasy points in two straight, and there’s reason to believe he can surpass that threshold against a San Antonio team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Jordan Clarkson - Utah (at Cleveland)
Clarkson is a true roll of the dice. He only sees around 20-25 minutes, so he needs to be super-efficient to post a rewarding fantasy return. On top of that, most of his fantasy production comes from scoring, so we’ll need his jumper to fall in order to come through for DFS purposes. I believe we’ll see his good side against his former team in Cleveland. The Cavaliers rank dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts, and Clarkson has posted 32+ fantasy points in five of his last eight.
Kevin Porter Jr. - Cleveland (vs. Utah)
The matchup doesn’t look great, but Porter makes for an interesting tournament choice this evening. The Cavs mentioned that they want to give Porter more looks at point guard, which would inherently help his usage and subsequent fantasy production. Tonight makes for the perfect opportunity to let him loose, as PG Darius Garland is sidelined. Porter has come through with 28-51 fantasy points over his last three with 30+ minutes, and I’m expecting him to see an expanded workload tonight.
Aaron Gordon - Orlando (vs. Portland)
The power forward position is extremely competitive on this seven-game slate. Gordon posted a dud on Saturday, but we can’t forget his upside of 52+ fantasy points in three straight games leading up to that. There’s a decent chance “AG” will rekindle that level of production in a competitive home date with Portland. It should be noted that the Blazers rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
NOTE: Gordon is now considered questionable with a knee injury suffered in his last game. This helps explain his poor performance against the Spurs. While this makes the situation riskier, it will also drive Gordon’s ownership rate down - presenting an opportunity for savvy DFS players to gain leverage (assuming he’s in).
Mitchell Robinson - New York (vs. Houston)
I’m not sure what Robinson’s ownership rate will look like tonight, but he’s definitely on my tournament shortlist either way. The New York big man is finally living up to his potential while flirting with 30 minutes on a regular basis. That has led to 43+ fantasy points in three of his last four games. There’s a chance he’ll thrive against the undersized Houston frontcourt tonight.