Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. 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 popular picks makes for 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.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s five-game slate!
Mike Conley – Memphis (vs San Antonio)
I’m hoping Conley slips through the cracks with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate tonight. Most people may be looking towards Stephen Curry or Ben Simmons at a similar price or value with Terry Rozier at point guard. Conley is coming off a pair of mediocre performances, which could suppress his ownership rate as well. However, let’s not forget about his 48 FPPG average in six games prior to that. Facing a San Antonio team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to point guards could help Conley get back to that level.
Terrence Ross – Orlando (at New Orleans)
You already know the deal with Terrence Ross. He’s going to shoot the ball a ton, and hopefully you catch him on a good day. He has been mediocre from a fantasy standpoint with fewer minutes in back-to-back blowout wins. However, he posted 39+ fantasy points in three of his past four prior to that. A competitive matchup against a New Orleans team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts could help him find that upside. Making matters even better, the Pelicans rank 26th at defending the three-point line with opponents shooting a 36.7% clip against them. They also rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to opposing bench players, creating a favorable setting for Ross to do his thing.
Additional Notes: Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown are the obvious guys to step up in Kyrie Irving’s absence. However, let’s not forget about Marcus Smart (SG – BOS) either. His fantasy production has been all over the place lately, but he has hit 53, 20, and 30 fantasy points respectively in the past three with Irving out. That’s obviously a wide range with significant risk, but Smart could pay dividends if he ends up shouldering the load in Boston’s backcourt.
Joe Ingles – Utah (at Golden State)
Ingles has been up-and-down lately, but his playing time seems stable at the moment; he has also reached 35+ fantasy points in two of his past four games. I’m thinking we’ll see his good side in a high-scoring matchup at Golden State. Playing up in pace with an “open-court” matchup against the Warriors seems to fit his playing style. He was able to post 33 fantasy points in 34 minutes in his last meeting with Golden State, and he could certainly surpass that threshold tonight.
Jayson Tatum – Boston (at Philadelphia)
The power forward position is very competitive tonight, but Jayson Tatum really piques my interest in tournaments. He has been flexing quality upside with 45+ fantasy points in two of his past three outings. His opponent, Philadelphia, ranks top ten in overall defense, but the Sixers are susceptible to the power forward position – ranking 24th in defensive efficiency in that regard. Tatum could be called upon to absorb a higher usage rate with Kyrie Irving sidelined, potentially helping him to fall back into that 45+ FP territory.
Joakim Noah – Memphis (vs San Antonio)
You’ll need to keep your eye on the news feed for this one. Jonas Valanciunas is questionable to make his Memphis debut tonight. If he’s out, Noah should hold a prominent role for the Grizzlies. He has posted 24+ fantasy points in four of his past six, starting in late January. That includes a 39 FP performance through 30 minutes on Saturday vs New Orleans. Noah was asked to log more minutes with Jaren Jackson and Ivan Rabb running into foul trouble, and that situation could persist while considering that fouling tendencies of those young players. Noah could be a serviceable value commodity with upside for more if asked to step up for Memphis yet again. Keep an eye on Valanciunas’ status before rolling with him in tournaments.