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.
Dejounte Murray - San Antonio (at Charlotte)
Murray is often overlooked for DFS purposes, as he only sees around 25 minutes per game. However, he’ll occasionally trend into the 30’s which really enhances his upside. Murray is certainly a volatile DFS asset reserved for tournaments, but he carries elite efficiency in his back pocket. That was on display in a four-game stretch around the All-Star break, where Dejounte averaged 45 FPPG. He could get back to that level against a bad Charlotte defense.
Alec Burks - Philadelphia (at LA Lakers)
The Sixers acquired Burks last month, and the former Golden State Warrior is finally seeing playing time with Philadelphia succumbing to injuries. Burks made the most of his role while posting 26 fantasy points in 25 minutes against the Clippers on Sunday. Facing the Lakers tonight isn’t a great matchup, but Burks is an offensive-minded player who should be able to make the most of his 25 minutes. In other words, he’s a solid bargain with upside if things start falling his way. Philadelphia needs players to fill the usage void vacated by Simmons, Richardson, and Embiid. Burks has the track record to be that guy.
Rudy Gay - San Antonio (at Charlotte)
Jakob Poeltl and LaMarcus Aldridge are both doubtful tonight. Rudy Gay went for 38 fantasy points in the first game without those frontcourt players, but then he fell back to 16 FP last night vs. Indiana. Gay finds himself in a strong bounce-back spot vs. Charlotte - so he shouldn’t be overlooked in large-field tournaments.
Harry Giles - Sacramento (vs. Washington)
Giles has been solid from a daily fantasy point of view with a 30 FPPG over his last five. His minutes are on a seesaw with Alex Len, who saw more playing time last game. However, both frontcourt players should be able to post healthy lines with Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes still out. Washington ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to opposing frontcourts, so Giles has an opportunity to keep his momentum.
Bismack Biyombo - Charlotte (vs. San Antonio)
Cody Zeller has been benched in Charlotte, and Bismack Biyombo has taken over as the primary center. Biyombo has thrived in that role with a 32 FPPG mark over his last three outings. He’s still too cheap when considering the uptick in minutes, and I like his matchup against an undersized (and banged-up) San Antonio team. The Spurs rank 25th in defensive efficiency to centers, and that number could get worse with Poeltl/Aldridge doubtful.