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.
Coby White - Chicago (vs. Charlotte)
Kris Dunn will continue to miss time, presenting an opportunity for someone else to step up in Chicago’s backcourt. That could easily be Coby White, who has noticed an increase in playing time prior to the All-Star break. Armed with 27-33 minutes, White could find a path to fantasy upside against a Charlotte team that ranks 25th in overall defensive efficiency. That was the case in his last game (at Washington on 2/11), racking up 42 FP in 34 minutes.
Buddy Hield - Sacramento (vs. Memphis)
Hield is the epitome of a boom-or-bust tournament risk. His range is realistically between 18 and 50+ fantasy points. I’m thinking we’ll see him more towards the latter tonight, as his opponent (Memphis) ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Hield found some confidence prior to the All-Star break with 50 and 38 FP in two of his past three games. There’s a chance that carries into tonight’s well-aligned draw.
Miles Bridges - Charlotte (at Chicago)
Bridges could easily slip through the cracks with a tiny ownership rate tonight. He’s wedged between upper-mid-range picks like Wiggins/Harris and the bargain commodities at small forward. Bridges still deserves a spot on your tournament shortlist while hitting 35+ fantasy points in four of his last seven. The matchup isn’t too shabby either, as Chicago ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Thaddeus Young - Chicago (vs. Charlotte)
Daniel Gafford is back for the Bulls, but Otto Porter, Lauri Markkanen, Chandler Hutchison, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine are still sidelined. In other words, the Bulls still need Young to see 30-36 minutes. While the veteran forward has been very mediocre in that role lately, tonight presents a breakout opportunity while facing a Charlotte team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Brook Lopez - Milwaukee (at Detroit)
You never really know what you’re going to get with Brook Lopez. He could rack up three-pointers and blocks on his way to 40-50 fantasy points or just hang back and watch Giannis Antetokounmpo do this thing. I’m optimistic we’ll see his good side against a Detroit team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to centers.