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 six-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Dejounte Murray - San Antonio (vs. LA Lakers)
Murray will continue to see 30+ minutes with Derrick White still on the sidelines. He has been up-and-down in that heightened role, but it’s hard to deny the potential upside - showcased with 45 FP at Memphis on opening night. Dejounte is a walking triple-double who can produce in every statistical category. He should have plenty of opportunities in the second-highest over/under (230) of the night vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Murray is a fine upper-mid-range lift away from popular (and expensive) point guards like Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Kyrie Irving.
Dillon Brooks - Memphis (at Boston)
Brooks is usually viewed as a boom-or-bust fantasy asset that depends on scoring to meet value. Some people will avoid him due to that reputation alongside a perceived difficult matchup at Boston. His price is rising as well. However, I like Brooks as a capable tournament choice with upside. His volume should increase with Ja Morant sidelined for several weeks. Keep in mind that De’Anthony Melton and Jaren Jackson Jr. are still out as well. Brooks stepped up with 42 fantasy points at Brooklyn on Monday, soaking up more responsibility with Morant leaving earlier. A similar story could be written tonight.
Gordon Hayward - Charlotte (at Dallas)
Hayward was a middling fantast asset in Boston, as he usually deferred to the players around him. However, he is free to soak up more usage this season in Charlotte, somewhat reminiscent of his Utah days. That has translated to a consistent 41 FPPG mark over the first three games, and there’s a good chance Hayward will exceed that total tonight. It helps that he’s looking at a high-scoring matchup against the Mavericks, who ranked 27th in defensive efficiency to small forwards last season. Hayward is an upper-mid-range pick who could produce at an elite level this evening.
Brandon Clarke - Memphis (at Boston)
The absence of Ja Morant should force the rest of Memphis’ rotation to step up. That includes second-year man Brandon Clarke, who is coming off his best game of the young season (30 FP in 28 min @ BKN). It seems like his minutes are ramping back up after suffering a groin injury in the preseason. The Grizzlies will need him to step up with Morant and Jackson sidelined, making Clarke an appealing value play through all DFS formats.
Bobby Portis - Milwaukee (at Miami)
Seasoned DFS players already know the deal with Bobby Portis. The guy can light up a box score or fall into foul trouble at the drop of a hat, creating a wide range of fantasy outcomes. However, Portis is cheap across the DFS industry right now, which helps negate some of that risk. He’s seeing 25 minutes off the bench while hitting 32+ fantasy points in two of his last three. He’s not afraid to hoist up plenty of shots, and Portis has been a rebounding beast with 28 boards over his last three. There’s a chance he’ll keep the momentum in this highly-anticipated game at Miami.