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 Thursday’s six-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Terry Rozier - Charlotte (at Washington)
Here we go again. Rozier is one of the regulars in this article series, and he paid dividends with 42 fantasy points against the Knicks on Tuesday. We have to understand that there’s a good deal of volatility baked into his fantasy profile, but there’s also a fair amount of upside in a confident matchup at Washington. The Wizards rank 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards, and the 227.5 over/under is one of the highest of the night.
Donovan Mitchell - Utah (at Denver)
Mitchell could be somewhat underrated tonight, as the matchup at Denver doesn’t look great on paper. However, this should be a competitive draw that brings out the best in Mitchell, and a full workload is expected. The Utah guard has posted 43+ fantasy points in two of his last three games, and I’m thinking he’ll have a lower-than-deserved ownership rate with most people gravitating towards Bradley Beal or a bargain shooting guard.
Cam Reddish - Atlanta (vs. Philadelphia)
Reddish is a sneaky-good bargain tonight. Some people will overlook this neutral matchup against Philadelphia, but keep in mind that Reddish has been seeing 27-30 minutes regularly over the past few weeks. That has translated to 31+ fantasy points in two of his last three games, representing a solid return on his minimal investment.
Davis Bertans - Washington (vs. Charlotte)
P.J. Washington - Charlotte (at Washington)
This Washington-Charlotte game makes for the best fantasy environment of the night, as both defenses rank bottom five across the board. Davis Bertans and P.J. Washington are two underrated fantasy picks within that, as they have the privilege of going against each other tonight. Bertans is the safer option with P.J. holding a wider range of fantasy outcomes. The last time these two teams met (December 10), Bertans went off for 32 points and nine rebounds.
Cody Zeller - Charlotte (at Washington)
Most people will be looking towards the other center from this game (Thomas Bryant) as a salary relief option. However, don’t forget about Zeller squaring off against a Washington team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing big men. Zeller has seen 20-29 minutes in each of his last six games, and he should enjoy a strong fantasy point per minute ratio in this mouthwatering draw. If his minutes trend towards the higher end of that range, upside should follow.