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 eight-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Terry Rozier - Charlotte (vs. New York)
You probably already know the deal with Rozier. He’s the epitome of a risk/reward tournament option, as his fantasy production has been all over the place this season. Having said that, he has been between 36-47 FP in seven of his last 10 games. Performances of 12, 17, and 28 fantasy points are mixed in there, accurately exposing his volatility. There’s a chance we’ll see Rozier’s good side tonight against a New York team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Donte DiVincenzo - Milwaukee (vs. Washington)
DiVincenzo is an interesting tournament value while looking at an incredible matchup against Washington - who ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. DiVincenzo usually sees 20-25 minutes per contest, and I’m thinking he could approach the higher end of that range tonight. The Bucks could easily blow away the Wizards, giving more minutes to a bench player like DiVincenzo as a result.
Mikal Bridges - Pheonix (at Dallas)
This recommendation depends on the status of PG Ricky Rubio, who is listed as questionable. If Rubio is out, Devin Booker could see more looks at point guard, which would have a trickle-down effect to boost Bridges. The last time Rubio missed a game (1/14), Bridges posted 40 FP in 32 minutes. Keep an eye on this injury development as we move closer to lineup lock.
P.J. Washington - Charlotte (vs. New York)
The Hornets will likely be underrated despite a strong home date with the Knicks tonight. Washington hold similar DFS sentiment as his teammate, Rozier, who was listed above. The Charlotte power forward is coming off a miserable performance against the Bucks, but he capable of fantasy upside by hitting 49 FP at Portland on January 13. Washington finds himself with a bounce-back opportunity against New York, who ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Marc Gasol - Toronto (vs. Atlanta)
There’s blowout risk with Toronto favored by 12.5 points against Atlanta. If the Hawks can keep this somewhat competitive, then Gasol has a clear path to upside. The veteran big man has been seeing a ton of minutes lately (30 and 36 respectively in his past two), which could translate to a strong DFS showing while playing up in pace against a bad Atlanta defense.
Brook Lopez - C - Milwaukee (vs. Washington)
Lopez mirrors the write-up of Gasol above. Both veteran centers find themselves in promising matchups, but they could be held back by decreased minutes in a blowout. However, if the Wizards keep this one semi-competitive, Lopez will have a chance to feast on a banged-up Washington frontcourt that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers.
Matisse Thybulle - SF - Philadelphia (vs. Golden State)
Josh Richardson will continue to miss time for the 76ers, and Thybulle could see more opportunities as a result. Matisse is a boom-or-bust tournament option who depends on steals and blocks for fantasy upside. However, he’s seeing starter minutes while occasionally posting respectable numbers in points, rebounds, and assists. Facing a Golden State team that ranks 27th in overall defensive efficiency could get him going.