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 seven-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Frank Jackson - Detroit (vs. Charlotte)
Jackson will probably gain more popularity tonight after hitting 39 and 27 fantasy points respectively in back-to-back games. Of course, we’ll need to keep an eye on Detroit’s injury report, as Jackson would remain in an enhanced role if Cory Joseph and Jerami Grant (especially Joseph) are out. Jackson posted 39 FP against the same Hornets team he’ll see tonight, so there’s profit potential on his non-imposing salary.
Torrey Craig - Phoenix (at Cleveland)
Craig has been seeing more opportunities with Jae Crowder sidelined. That has led to some nice fantasy production of 39+ FP in two of his last five. Having said that, there have been some duds in that stretch. However, Craig is coming off a nice 18 point, 10 rebound, 30 minute performance that could propel him into a nice matchup at Cleveland. He should be on your tournament shortlist.
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Cedi Osman - Cleveland (vs. Phoenix)
Osman started for Darius Garland last time around, and that should be the case again tonight. The Cleveland forward stepped up for 38 FP in 38 minutes vs. Miami - so we like his fantasy prospects heading into this game. There are plenty of forwards to consider on this seven-game slate, so Osman could be somewhat underrated. He should probably be in consideration through all formats as a sensible value option.
Marvin Bagley III - Sacramento (at Oklahoma City)
So much for gradually working his way back from injury. In his second game back, Bagley posted 39 FP in 34 minutes on Sunday against Dallas. The Kings have plenty of injuries right now, so they need Bagley to keep producing along those lines. He should oblige against a bad OKC defense tonight.
Khem Birch - Toronto (at LA Clippers)
Birch is an interesting mid-range pick while filling in for Chris Boucher, who is still injured. Khem has been up-and-down in that role, but he’s seeing full starter minutes in competitive games. Even though he had a rough 18 FP day last time around, keep in mind that he posted 39+ FP in two straight before that. It’s not that hard to believe that he’ll get back on track against the Clippers tonight.
Hamidou Diallo (SG - OKC) is cheap while flirting with a 28-30 minute role for the Thunder. That has translated to 25 and 28 fantasy points over the last two games. Consider that his fantasy floor with room for more against a bad Sacramento defense.
Juan Toscano-Anderson (PF - GSW) has seen 33 and 34 minutes over his past two games, and he could stay in that role with Kelly Oubre Jr. sidelined. “JTA” should return respectable fantasy production while seeing that level of playing time, and he has upside in blocks/steals. The fast-paced matchup at New Orleans looks great.