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 12-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Malcolm Brogdon - Indiana (at Phoenix)
Brogdon is coming off a rough outing (15 FP in 22 min) at Utah on Monday. However, that’s more of an aberration than anything, as the Pacers were toasted by 30 points. I’m expecting Brogdon and his teammates to get back on track tonight, as they’ll head into a competitive game environment at Phoenix. The Suns rank 21st in defensive efficiency to point guards, making Brogdon a sneaky-good lift for a non-imposing salary.
Zach LaVine - Chicago (vs. Minnesota)
LaVine has been the mascot of this column for most of the season, and you better believe we are targeting him tonight. Let’s face it: LaVine is the type of player who loves to call his own number. We should see plenty of that in a revenge game against a Minnesota team that traded him away. It doesn’t hurt that the Timberwolves play fast while ranking 22nd in overall team defensive efficiency.
Will Barton - Denver (at Houston)
Barton has been respectable with 30+ fantasy points in each of his last four games. However, you’ll want production above that mark when selecting him in tournaments. Keep in mind that Barton tallied 51 FP at Golden State last week, and he’ll maintain a clear path to upside as long as Jamal Murray remains sidelined. I’m thinking we’ll see Barton’s “good side” in a high-scoring tilt at Houston - who ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
LaMarcus Aldridge - San Antonio (at New Orleans)
Aldridge has been pretty “blah” from a DFS point of view this season. The veteran forward has posted 24 or fewer fantasy points in two of his last five games, so that contributes to his underwhelming nature. However, Aldridge’s salary has fallen as a result, and he has gotten back on track with 37+ FP in three straight. That’s a solid baseline for him, and there’s a great chance he’ll produce into the 40’s against a New Orleans team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Ivica Zubac - LA Clippers (at Atlanta)
Zubac is a cheap underrated pick with a strong matchup. The Clippers are traveling to Atlanta, facing a Hawks team that plays fast while ranking 29th in overall defensive efficiency. Zubac usually sees 15-20 minutes, but that could increase if the Clippers build a healthy lead. The LAC big man posted 38 FP in 24 minutes vs. Cleveland last week, so he has respectable upside if the playing time follows.
Cam Reddish - Atlanta (vs. LA Clippers)
This is a tough matchup for the rookie, but Reddish is a cheap DFS asset with scoring upside in his back pocket. Keep in mind that this is a true boom-or-bust play exemplified by Reddish’s recent fantasy totals of 45, 11, and 27 over the past three. The good news comes from stable minutes in the 30-34 range, and his opponent (LAC) ranks 17th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.