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 slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Jamal Murray - Denver (at Miami)
Which version of Murray will we see tonight: the guy who dominated in the playoffs last season, or someone who defers to Nikola Jokic most of the game? The answer probably lies between those two extremes, but I believe Murray represents a strong tournament choice while hopefully gravitating towards the former. Simply put, he’s too cheap relative to the upside - and getting ejected after just 25 minutes last game helps keep the salary low. Squaring off against a Miami team that won’t have Jimmy Butler (Dragic & Herro questionable too) could create a path to fantasy upside.
Lonnie Walker IV - San Antonio (vs. Boston)
Walker has looked good as a starter in San Antonio, which should be the case until Derrick White is healthy. Walker is seeing around 30 minutes per contest, and he’s fresh off a nice 29 FP showing against the Wizards. His salary remains low across the board, checking in at $4,200 on DK, $4000 on FD, and $10 on Yahoo. Needless to say, Walker is a plausible tournament bargain in this competitive tilt vs. Boston.
Malik Beasley - Minnesota (at Golden State)
Karl-Anthony Towns is still out and D’Angelo Russell is questionable. Even if Russell ends up playing, I’m still looking towards Beasley as a tournament pick. If D-Lo is out once again, then Malik’s upside is limitless. There are plenty of bigger names to consider at small forward tonight, so Beasley will likely slip through the proverbial cracks in large-field contests. Malik produced 38 FP in 30 minutes against the Warriors, and he could strive for more if this high-scoring contest remains competitive. We’ve seen Beasley flirt with 50 FP several times this season, and this seems like a situation for him to reach for that level.
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Aaron Gordon - Orlando (vs. Sacramento)
Gordon makes sense through all formats tonight, but I believe he’ll be underrepresented in tournaments, as most people will look towards Zion Williamson or Domantas Sabonis (if playing) at power forward. Gordon came back down to reality with a modest 36 FP effort vs. Charlotte on Monday, but he was on fire with a sweet 47 FPPG average in three games prior to that. Gordon could return to that level in a high-scoring matchup with Sacramento, who ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Don’t be afraid to look Gordon’s way in cash games and tournaments.
Rudy Gobert - Utah (vs. Dallas)
Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Clint Capela are all on fire. Andre Drummond, Nikola Vucevic, and Deandre Ayton have nice matchups. I’m expecting all of those centers to be more popular than Rudy Gobert despite the Utah big man checking in with a cheaper salary. Gobert has been on a nice tear of his own, hitting 48+ FP in two of his last four. I’m expecting big things from him in a competitive date with the Mavericks, who rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers and 29th in rebound rate.
Jerami Grant (SF - DET) has noticed a dramatic salary increase over the past few weeks. Most DFS enthusiasts will encounter sticker shock at first glance. Despite that, I’m keeping him on my tournament shortlist. You could say that he’s playing over his head, but Grant is averaging 45 FPPG over his last six outings. Tonight’s matchup looks good too, as Cleveland ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Grant went for 51 FP in 42 minutes against them in the first week of the season. He should see plenty of usage with Blake Griffin sidelined.
Are you looking for a few cheaper tournament pivots? Isaiah Roby (PF - OKC) has been extremely efficient while hitting 27+ fantasy points in three of his last four. He’s still underpriced while seeing a baseline of 27-29 minutes per contest. Of course, that playing time would become more solidified if Al Horford (questionable) is still out.
On the other hand, Anthony Edwards (SG - MIN) has not been efficient for the Wolves this season. He’s only shooting 35% from the field and 27% from three. The volume and minutes (around 25) have been there recently, but Edwards just needs to come through. He could get another chance if D’Angelo Russell is still out, and the top overall pick is one good shooting night away from a rewarding fantasy line. It helps that fellow wing, Jarrett Culver, has been ruled out tonight.