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 Tuesday’s five (or six) game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Dejounte Murray - San Antonio (at Oklahoma City)
Murray has been up-and-down through the first three weeks of the season. His DFS value largely depends on San Antonio’s backcourt situation, while he’ll be asked to step up with Derrick White and DeMar DeRozan out tonight. He couldn’t take advantage of that despite a nice matchup at Minnesota on Sunday (23 FP), but the opportunity remains. Murray carries significant upside, flexed with 45+ fantasy points in three of five games this season. His salary is no longer in bargain territory, but he still deserves to be on your tournament shortlist due to the likely increased workload.
Mike Conley - Utah (at Cleveland)
Conley is a volatile DFS commodity with a legitimate range of 20-45+ fantasy points (as displayed over the last two weeks). He’ll step up if he’s needed offensively, but there are times when he’ll defer to Donovan Mitchell. That’s the risk/reward setup here. However, Conley finds himself in an interesting matchup against a dinged-up Cleveland backcourt that ranked dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards last season. The Utah guard has noticed an increase in usage (23.5 to 22.3) and assist percentage (23.6 to 28.9) compared to last year, and this is a good spot for him to step up.
Hamidou Diallo - Oklahoma City (vs. San Antonio)
Is Diallo for real or not? He has busted onto the DFS scene with 40+ fantasy points in two straight games despite averaging 26 minutes in those contests. Perhaps his playing time will continue to ascend if he keeps this form? Diallo is still cheap on several DFS sites, so you can select him as a bargain (with less risk) while hoping he continues this impressive run. There’s a chance he’ll turn back into a pumpkin tonight, but Diallo probably deserves consideration in tournaments due to the recent performance.
Cedi Osman - Cleveland (vs. Utah)
Darius Garland and Collin Sexton are questionable for the Cavs tonight. Osman will likely flirt with starter minutes regardless of their status, but his usage could increase if either (or both) miss this game. Osman is still cheap despite seeing starter minutes over the last week. He has produced a mixed bag of results between 13-43 fantasy points, but a 34 minute and 29 FPPG average over his last five deserves consideration. His opponent, Utah, ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards so far this season.
Draymond Green - Golden State (vs. Indiana)
Green catches a lot of flack because he doesn’t score very much. In fact, he only scored one point across 44 minutes in his first two games of the season. His DFS value comes from peripheral stats: rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, etc. Green is coming off his best fantasy game of the season (36 FP vs. TOR), and he could keep it going against an Indiana team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to power forwards this young season. Green’s salary is probably lower than it should be due to that slow start.
Myles Turner - Indiana (at Golden State)
I’m expecting Turner to be underrated on tonight’s slate that features Nikola Jokic and Andre Drummond. However, he’s cheaper than those guys with some interesting upside of his own, hitting 41+ fantasy points in two of his last three. This matchup at Golden State represents one of the highest over/unders (228.5) of the night, and the Warriors currently rank dead last in rebound rate at 47.7%.