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 Sunday’s six-game main slate starting at 6:00 ET.
Collin Sexton - Cleveland (vs. LA Clippers)
This is a tough matchup on paper, as the Clippers rank fifth in defensive efficiency to point guards. However, Patrick Beverley is highly questionable, and his absence would help Sexton’s cause. Minnesota’s fill-in point guard, Jordan McLaughlin went for 24 points and 11 assists against the Clippers last night, so it is possible. Sexton has been playing some pretty good basketball as well, averaging 38 FPPG over his last five. Keep him in mind when creating multiple tournament lineups on Sunday.
Gary Trent Jr. - Portland (vs. Miami)
Anfernee Simons won’t play tonight, so that should help solidify minutes for Gary Trent Jr. The Portland guard remains cheap on most DFS sites despite averaging 28 FPPG over his past three. That includes a sweet 34 FP outing in 37 minutes at Utah on Friday. Trent should continue to see significant playing time, which could propel him to another rewarding fantasy return.
Joe Ingles - Utah (at Houston)
Ingles’ production has taken a hit with Mike Conley back in the lineup. However, his salary has dropped to one of its lowest points as well. Ingles is still seeing around 30 minutes per contest, which has translated to 26+ fantasy points in two of his last four. Admittedly, he has a low fantasy floor around 12-15 FP. Having said that, we could see Ingles’ good side against a Houston team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - Memphis (at Washington)
There are plenty of solid power forwards to choose from on this six-game slate. John Collins, Bam Adebayo, Julius Randle, and others all demand DFS attention. Jaren Jackson Jr. could get lost in the shuffle with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. Jackson flopped with 15 FP in 19 minutes against Philadelphia on Friday, but this is a nice bounce-back spot at Washington - who represents one of the worst defenses in the league.
Hassan Whiteside - Portland (vs. Miami)
Whiteside is another DFS commodity that could have a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert, and Jonas Valanciunas all have fantastic matchups, and they’ll likely take a majority of the shares at center. However, we can’t forget about Whiteside, who has been between 52-70 fantasy points in three of his past four games. The matchup vs. Miami doesn’t look great on paper, but Whiteside should have some extra motivation going against his former coach, Erik Spoelstra - as the two did not leave on the best terms last year.