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 six-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Dante Exum - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
It appears that Kevin Porter Jr. is going to miss some time moving forward. Exum could see more playing time as a result, as that was the case Sunday vs. Minnesota with Porter leaving early. Exum impressed with 35 FP in 24 minutes with most of his damage coming in the second half. Was that a fluke? What will his role be moving forward? We don’t know the answers to those questions, but Exum has an opportunity to gobble up more minutes. He’s near minimum-salary while facing a Detroit team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
Langston Galloway - Detroit (at Cleveland)
Looking for another guard near minimum-salary with a great matchup to boot? The other side of the same game presents an opportunity, as Langston Galloway is a dirt-cheap DFS value. Galloway usually sees 20-25 minutes per contest, which translated to 31 FP Sunday against the Lakers. Granted, the Detroit guard has a low fantasy floor, but playing a Cleveland team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to shooting guards should help.
OG Anunoby - Toronto (vs. Portland)
Anunoby’s production has been all over the place lately, ranging anywhere from 12-35 fantasy points. However, he should see quality minutes with Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam still out. Fred VanVleet will join them on the sidelines tonight, which creates more opportunities for Anunoby and his Toronto teammates. Most people will shy away from the recent inconsistencies, but Anunoby could post a rewarding performance with more overall volume tonight.
Kevin Love - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
It’s no secret that Kevin Love doesn’t want to play for Cleveland, and he’s very displeased with the organization right now. That translated to a fantasy dud (14 FP in 29 minutes) on Saturday against the Thunder where Love didn’t seem interested in giving much of an effort. Because of those optics, the greater DFS community will avoid him tonight … Love admittedly carries plenty of risk due to that frustration, but isn’t there a chance he’ll come out with a chip on his shoulder tonight? After all, the guy wants a trade. He has incentive to showcase his abilities while trying to draw interest from contenders. If we see that version of Kevin Love tonight, fantasy dividends will ensue. It helps that he’s facing a beat-up Detroit frontcourt that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Jonas Valanciunas - Memphis (vs. Minnesota)
Valanciunas is coming off his best game in recent memory, putting up 52 FP in 26 minutes at Phoenix on Sunday. The Memphis center holds a wide range of fantasy outcomes due to lackluster playing time around the 20-25 minute level. In other words, he needs extreme efficiency to post rewarding fantasy value. However, Valanciunas has achieved 44+ FP six times since Thanksgiving, which includes four 50-burgers. Playing up in pace against a bad Minnesota defense (21st vs. centers) could help him approach that number.
Dennis Schroder - SG - Oklahoma City (at Brooklyn)
This is a great spot for the OKC regulars, as implied in today’s NBA DFS Plays article. After all, they are playing up in pace against a Brooklyn team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. Schroder has hovered around his 30 FPPG average lately, providing a respectable baseline. However, this beautiful matchup could bring out the best in him, and we could get a 40+ FP showing tonight. The OKC guard is definitely on my shortlist for tournaments.
Nemanja Bjelica - PF - Sacramento (at Phoenix)
Bjelica has been somewhat mediocre in recent games despite Marvin Bagley missing time. Having said that, I’m optimistic in his ability to thrive against a Phoenix team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. On top of that, Richaun Holmes will try to play through a sore shoulder tonight. If he’s limited or ineffective in any capacity, Bjelica could see more opportunities to put up numbers. This is an intriguing DFS situation as it stands, but it doesn’t hurt having another path to upside.