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 11-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Terry Rozier - Charlotte (at Brooklyn)
Rozier could be overlooked as a DFS option tonight, as teammate Devonte’ Graham has been outperforming him for most of the season. However, Rozier is definitely capable of fantasy upside, as he’s notched 39 and 50 fantasy points in two of his last four games. Sure, there’s a “hit or miss” quality to Rozier, but I’m optimistic he’ll trend towards the former against a Brooklyn team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Zach LaVine - Chicago (vs. Atlanta)
LaVine has a questionable tag next to his name despite being listed as probable. He’s playing through back and shoulder issues, which may leave DFS enthusiasts to favor similarly-priced shooting guards (Mitchell, Graham, Booker, over him. LaVine is fresh off a brilliant 46 fantasy point showing against Toronto on Monday, and he could replicate that number against an Atlanta team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
De’Andre Hunter - Atlanta (at Chicago)
Hunter went for 40 fantasy points through 40 minutes yesterday at Miami. There’s no telling if that’s a fluke or not, but the Atlanta wing hasn’t had much consistency this season. Perhaps Tuesday’s showing was a breakout that will give him more playing time and take him to the next level in terms of DFS production. Maybe it was truly a fluke? If Hunter sees an extended run once again, there’s a chance for him to take advantage of a subpar Chicago defense.
Kyle Kuzma - LA Lakers (at Orlando)
Kuzma has had a tough time finding his role for the Lakers this season. Still, his price is dirt-cheap while seeing 25-30 minutes in each of his past three contests. He posted a dud last game with only nine fantasy points in 26 minutes, but his previous two contests (22 & 33 FP) were serviceable. It’s hard to predict which version we’ll see tonight, meaning Kuzma is a pure risk/reward tournament pivot.
Brook Lopez - Milwaukee (vs. New Orleans)
Lopez has been pretty quiet recently after firing off several 40-50+ FP performances earlier in the season. Playing up in pace against New Orleans makes for a nice landing spot for him to rekindle that upside. The Pelicans rank 24th in defensive efficiency to centers, while Lopez carries upside in scoring (threes) and blocks. His salary has reached the lowest point we’ve seen in quite some time.
Tomas Satoransky - PG - Chicago (vs. Atlanta)
Satoranksy is a tournament pivot that is accessible as a cash game filler as well. He retains a mid-range price while holding a solid 33-37 minute role in the Chicago backcourt. As mentioned earlier with his teammate, LaVine, the Hawks are generous to backcourts - ranking 24th in that regard. Satoranksy has topped 35 FP in two of his last four, and there’s a good chance he’ll hit that mark tonight.
Ben McLemore - SG - Houston (at Cleveland)
McLemore has been very surprisingly lately while averaging 30 minutes and 30 fantasy points over his last five contests. Danuel House returned to his usual role in the past three games, and McLemore still contributed with 36, 28, and 29 FP respectively. If he can find that range again, it would represent a nice return on a cheap investment. Making matters better, his opponent (Cleveland) ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to backcourts.