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 10-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
De’Aaron Fox - Sacramento (vs. Denver)
Most people will be looking towards Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, or some of the value plays at point guard tonight. Fox could get lost in the shuffle despite playing in this high-scoring tilt vs. Denver. The Sacramento PG fell victim to foul trouble last time around, but he should bounce-back nicely this evening. Fox racked up 40 FP in the season-opener against the Nuggets, and he should pace the once again. Keep him on your tournament shortlist.
Malik Beasley - Minnesota (at LA Clippers)
Beasley has been in the headlines for off-court issues lately, but that hasn’t impacted his production to start the season. With Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined and Josh Okogie doubtful, Beasley could step up with more minutes and offensive responsibilities. I’m assuming the Clippers will do everything in their power to limit D’Angelo Russell tonight, so Malik will have plenty of looks to rack up fantasy points. There’s some blowout risk in this game, but Beasley checks in as a cheap shooting guard across all DFS sites, and the upside is certainly there with Minnesota shorthanded.
RJ Barrett - New York (at Cleveland)
Barrett will probably slip through the cracks on this 10-game slate. The second-year player doesn’t have much name recognition as a legitimate DFS asset, and most people will gravitate towards Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, or value at small forward. Barrett makes for an intriguing mid-range lift with upside, especially considering Alec Burks’ is doubtful. That leaves some usage for Barrett to pick up, and he has seen 37+ minutes in two of three games this season. The matchup looks great too, as Cleveland ranked 29th in team defensive efficiency last season.
Blake Griffin - Detroit (vs. Golden State)
Let’s face it: Griffin isn’t an exciting fantasy pick at this stage in his career. However, his salary has fallen across the industry, and tonight’s matchup looks pretty good against a Golden State team sans Draymond Green. Griffin rested yesterday, so he should be able to take on a big workload in this home date with the Warriors. He’s significantly cheaper than the headline power forwards (Giannis, Tatum, Sabonis) while holding realistic profile potential.
Nikola Jokic - Denver (at Sacramento)
This recommendation doesn’t exactly cut against the grain. However, I believe that Jokic will be less popular than he deserves tonight. When spending on tonight’s slate, it seems that people will prioritize Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and others over him. There’s also plenty of competition at center with Andre Drummond, Nikola Vucevic, and Bam Adeabyo begging for attention. However, don’t forget about Jokic despite his cumbersome salary. The Denver big man absolutely dominated Sacramento last week (68 FP), and a repeat performance isn’t out of the question.