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 Wednesday’s nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Chris Paul - Oklahoma City (vs. Memphis)
CP3 has been pretty mediocre from a fantasy standpoint this season, as his 35 FPPG average doesn’t exactly jump off the screen. Playing for an overlooked Oklahoma City team usually drives his ownership rate down as well. However, Paul has hit a nice groove lately, averaging 45 FPPG over his last six. Tonight’s matchup against Memphis (22nd in defensive efficiency vs. point guards) corresponds nicely. There’s a ton of competition among similarly priced PGs in this salary range (Lowry, Walker, etc.), making CP3 an interesting tournament pivot.
Zach LaVine - Chicago (at Washington)
LaVine always seems to find his way into this column. There’s no shortage of quality shooting guards in his price range (Graham, Beal, Butler, Wiggins), so LaVine will probably have a lower-than-deserved ownership rate. The questionable tag next to his name could reduce interest as well, even though he’s been upgraded to probable for tonight’s tilt. The matchup looks great against Washington, who ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
Gordon Hayward - Boston (at Dallas)
Dallas has a pretty good defense, but limiting small forwards is a weak spot within that. The Mavericks rank 22nd in defensive efficiency to the position, which is their worst rating of any position. Hayward is back to usual full-time workload after posting 36 FP in 36 minutes last Thursday. Some people may be apprehensive to use him in DFS after averaging 19 FP and 25 minutes in his first two games back from injury. Those days seem to be behind him, and it should be full steam ahead for Hayward.
Robert Covington - Minnesota (vs. New Orleans)
Covington has been up-and-down (from a fantasy perspective) in his first (full) experience playing for Minnesota. However, I believe we could see the Philadelphia version of him tonight; you know, the one that routinely posted 40+ FP upside. Covington’s fantasy potential depends on three-pointers, rebounds, and auxiliary stats (blocks/steals). He should have plenty of opportunities across the board in this fast-paced matchup with the Pelicans. Covington definitely jumps off the screen as a mid-range power forward who could outperform his salary.
Jaxson Hayes - New Orleans (at Minnesota)
Let’s stick with the same, fast-paced 231 point over/under. Hayes hasn’t seen a reduction in playing time with Derrick Favors back in the mix, averaging 29 minutes and 27 fantasy points over his last two games. Minnesota has been pretty bad on defense recently, and they rank 27th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts over the last 10 games. Hayes could be a surprising fantasy force while flirting with 30 minutes in this welcoming draw.
Norman Powell - SG - Toronto (at Detroit)
Fred VanVleet is “highly unlikely” to play tonight, meaning Powell should continue to see 32-35 minutes for Toronto. He has notched 31+ FP in three of four games with VanVleet sidelined, which represents a solid return on his mid-range salary. Powell even posted 56 FP against Cleveland on Monday, so there’s some upside if any momentum spills into tonight’s date with Detroit
Lauri Markkanen - PF - Chicago (at Washington)
There’s a good chance Markkanen and/or LaVine will have a huge game tonight. The matchup is ripe for the picking in a 231 over/under at Washington - who ranks dead last in team defensive efficiency. The Wizards are shorthanded in the frontcourt, something that Markkanen could use to his advantage tonight. The Chicago forward went for 42 FP against the Clippers on Saturday, and this is a nice landing spot for a repeat.