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 six-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Coby White - Chicago (vs. Phoenix)
Chicago’s backcourt rotation can be maddening from a fantasy perspective. However, the absence of Kris Dunn has pushed Coby White into a predictable role around 30 minutes. White’s fantasy production has been volatile despite the increased playing time, but he has flexed 33 and 42 FP upside in two of his last four games. The floor is low, but White is capable of paying extreme dividends on his bargain salary. Facing a Phoenix team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to backcourts should help.
Jordan Clarkson - Utah (vs. Houston)
Mike Conley is expected to return tonight. Most people will move away from Jordan Clarkson for that reason, but let’s not forget that he posted 40 FP in 29 minutes at Houston (Feb. 9) the last time Conley was active. Clarkson will face that same Rockets team tonight, and Houston ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
Miles Bridges - Charlotte (vs. Brooklyn)
Bridges is no stranger to this article. He plays on a bad team, which usually gives him a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite heating up with 40+ FP in two of his last five. Most people will gravitate towards Antetokounmpo, Harris, or a dirt-cheap bargain at small forward - which should free Bridges as a sneaky-good tournament pivot.
Jarrett Allen - Brooklyn (at Charlotte)
Teammate DeAndre Jordan makes for a solid cash game play tonight, but don’t forget about Allen in this juicy matchup. Allen was terrible on Thursday, producing just 0.4 fantasy points in 12 minutes at Philadelphia. However, this is a nice bounce-back spot against a Charlotte team that ranks near the bottom in defensive efficiency to opposing frontcourts. Allen posted 29+ FP in two games prior to Thursday’s flop, and he could easily get back to that level tonight.
Deandre Ayton - Phoenix (at Chicago)
Most people will avoid Ayton tonight, as Phoenix is healthy in the frontcourt with Baynes, Saric, and others rejoining the rotation. On top of that, there are several bargain centers to choose from tonight along with Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid among the expensive big men. Ayton’s is coming off a mediocre fantasy effort (33 FP) at Toronto last night, but now he’ll have one of the best matchups for centers while taking on Chicago. The Bulls allowed Cody Zeller to post a huge line on Thursday, and Ayton is a superstar who could easily cash-in on the well-aligned draw.
Cedi Osman - Cleveland (at Miami)
Kevin Love is questionable tonight, and he could see reduced minutes even if he plays. If Love is out or limited, then Cedi Osman could step into a larger role. That was the case yesterday with Love only playing 22 minutes, helping Osman produce 32 fantasy points in 30 minutes. Cedi’s salary hovers around the bare minimum, so he’s an intriguing tournament filler to help reach for upside in your other roster spots.