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 Saturday’s nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Ben Simmons - Philadelphia (at New York)
This is a classic case of a player slipping through the cracks. Simmons has looked great with 45+ fantasy points in each of his last four games. That seems sustainable due to the usage vacated by Joel Embiid, who will continue to miss time. On top of that, his opponent (New York) ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to point guards. However, Simmons is priced-up, and DFS enthusiasts will probably look towards Russell Westbrook, Trae Young, or cheaper options at point guard tonight. That leaves us with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate on Simmons, who is an extremely confident play in tonight’s draw.
Evan Fournier - Orlando (at Golden State)
Fournier is a sneaky-good option priced in the mid-range. He missed time with a quad injury earlier in the week, returning on Thursday with a mediocre 23 FP in 29 minutes. That will probably scare people away. However, Thursday’s tilt with the Clippers was a blowout, and there’s a chance Fournier gets back to his usual 36+ FP in 36-38 minutes tonight. After all, the matchup at Golden State (28th vs. SGs) looks great.
Cam Reddish - Atlanta (vs. Detroit)
Reddish is a terrific GPP option who is borderline playable in cash games. He’s cheap while coming off a sweet 45 FP showing at San Antonio last night. The rookie has been all over the place this season, registering only six fantasy points in 23 minutes vs. Phoenix earlier this week. In other words, you never really know what you’re going to get with this guy. However, Reddish is brimming with confidence while stepping into a strong matchup against a Detroit team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Luke Kornet - Chicago (vs. Cleveland)
Kornet is another tournament option who is acceptable in cash games, assuming you need a value filler to make the rest of your lineup work. Daniel Gafford will join Wendell Carter Jr. on the Chicago bench, which has paved the way to 35 and 27 minutes for Kornet over the last two games. He produced 27 and 28 fantasy points respectively in those contests, and there’s a good chance he’ll finish within that range in this non-imposing matchup vs. Cleveland.
Deandre Ayton - Phoenix (at Boston)
This is not a good matchup for Ayton, as the Celtics rank fourth in defensive efficiency to centers. However, Ayton has found his rhythm lately, topped off by an impressive 26 point and 21 rebound (58 FP) effort against the Knicks on Thursday. Kelly Oubre Jr. was sidelined for that game, and he’ll remain out tonight - potentially allowing Ayton to soak up more usage.
Shabazz Napier - PG - Minnesota (vs. Toronto)
Jeff Teague is out of town, so Napier should see around 30 minutes per contest moving forward. Tonight’s matchup vs. Toronto is mediocre, but Napier is underpriced relative to his role as Minnesota’s primary point guard. There’s upside if his minutes trend into the 33-35 range, and Napier makes for an interesting tournament value.
Christian Wood - PF - Detroit (at Atlanta)
Wood has racked up 44+ fantasy points in two games over the past week. However, he has been below 10 FP twice over that span as well. In other words, he’s a true boom-or-bust fantasy commodity. On top of that, he’s dealing with a knee issue, and the salary has ballooned due to those outbursts. However, Wood could rekindle that fantasy upside while facing a generous Atlanta team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to power forwards. He’s a true “dice roll”, but Wood carries GPP-winning upside if things fall his way.