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.
Ja Morant - Memphis (vs. Minnesota)
Most people will be looking for a blend of expensive/cheap picks at point guard, which should leave Morant with less ownership in the mid-range price level. Sure, we wish the rookie would see more than his usual 28-minute helping, but playing against a Minnesota team that ranks first in pace provides some solace. Morant has achieved 37+ fantasy points in three of his past four games, flexing upside with 48 FP vs. Brooklyn a week ago Sunday. In other words, he has some upside in his back pocket, and this a great matchup to take it out.
Fred VanVleet - Toronto (vs. Sacramento)
VanVleet has had trouble shooting the ball ever since his 34 point outburst on opening night. However, he continues to see plenty of attempts, minutes, and all of the peripheral categories look good. In other words, everything sets up well for VanVleet to post a strong fantasy performance, assuming the shooting normalizes. A home date against Sacramento (26th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts) should help.
Marcus Morris - New York (at Detroit)
Is Marcus Morris for real, or were the last two games a mirage? Morris is averaging 37 minutes and 45 fantasy points over that span, looking comfortable in the Knicks’ offensive attack. However, Morris has been a notorious volatile fantasy option throughout his career, and David Fitzdale sometimes gets cute with rotations. Aside from that, Morris could ride the wave of his recent momentum while facing his brother (and former team) in Detroit.
Christian Wood - Detroit (vs. New York)
This is probably the riskiest pick of the entire article, so buyer beware. Christian Wood has had flashes of strong fantasy showings while hitting 35, 23, and 26 fantasy points in three of his last five games. However, he only accounted for seven total fantasy points in the other two games of that span. His playing time depends on matchups or the mood of Pistons’ coach Dwane Casey, who doesn’t like to play Wood against stretch-fours. So the question becomes whether or not Casey will let Wood play against Julius Randle - who doesn’t shoot the three but could pose a quickness problem for Wood. That’s essentially the question with this play. If Wood enters the game and proves himself able right away, he could be in for a big night. Otherwise, he won’t see enough minutes to provide a solid fantasy return.
Wendell Carter - Chicago (at Atlanta)
The center position is similar to point guard, where everyone will look at the top pick (Towns) or go for cheap value. In other words, the mid-range will be underrated, and that includes Carter in a smash spot against Atlanta. The Hawks rank 29th in defensive efficiency to centers, and not having John Collins hurts them up front. Carter has been reasonably good with a 33 FPPG average over his past five games, but a breakout performance could be store tonight.
Nemanja Bjelica - Sacramento (at Toronto)
Richaun Holmes has been the biggest beneficiary of Marvin Bagley’s absence, but let’s not forget about Bjelica for a cheaper salary. Bjelica is averaging 27 minutes and 27 fantasy points over his last five games, although there’s some volatility within that. Still, holding a 25-minute role (with upside for more) and a fantasy-friendly skillset (shooting ability, double-digit rebound potential) is enough to garner tournament attention in DFS.