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.
Markelle Fultz - Orlando (vs. Washington)
We have a full, nine-game slate on the docket tonight, meaning several of the humble mid-range players could fall by the wayside. Fultz could be a part of that despite hitting 38+ fantasy points in two of his last four games. Making matters even better, he has a juicy matchup against the Wizards, who rank dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards. Fultz is a classic example of a player who will be overlooked despite holding a fantastic matchup, and that’s exactly what we hope to uncover in this column.
Zach LaVine - Chicago (at New Orleans)
I’m expecting most people to lock in James Harden and/or a value play at shooting guard tonight. The upper-mid-range players like Donovan Mitchell and Zach LaVine should have a lower ownership rate as a result. LaVine is my preferred option of that pair, as he’s looking at a beautiful draw against the Pelicans. LaVine has chipped in 50+ FP in two straight games, and New Orleans ranks 26th in overall defensive efficiency this season.
E’Twaun Moore - New Orleans (vs. Chicago)
Let’s stick with the same game and talk about E’Twaun Moore. I’m willing to give him a look in tournaments and cash games alike, as Moore should see plenty of opportunities with Jrue Holiday sidelined. That was the case Monday vs. Utah, and E’Twaun poured in 29 FP through 28 minutes. In fact, Moore has produced 39, 25, and 29 fantasy points respectively in his last three games with at least 25 minutes. He still carries a modest salary despite that, and I believe he’s a strong DFS bargain tonight.
Draymond Green - Golden State (vs. Milwaukee)
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: Draymond Green has been brutal lately. The Golden State forward has produced just 16 fantasy points in each of his last two games, scoring just four total “real-life” points over that span. He took Monday’s game at Sacramento off while dealing with an ankle injury along with apparent fatigue. Draymond should be rested and ready to go tonight, and his salary has fallen considerably after throwing up a pair of duds last week. This could be a buy-low opportunity as a result, assuming Green is fresh and ready to get back to his usual 34 minute, 36 fantasy point output.
Enes Kanter - Boston (vs. San Antonio)
I don’t think I’m breaking any news when saying that the DFS community as a whole has “shiny object syndrome”. Kanter was a glistening gem over the past week while hitting 51, 34, and 37 FP respectively in three straight games. However, he let many people down with an underachieving 20 FP total despite an outstanding matchup on Monday. People will likely move to the next shiny object for that reason. However, a bounce-back game is very much on the table with Kanter facing a San Antonio team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency to centers.
Miles Bridges - SF - Charlotte (vs. Toronto)
Let’s face it, the Hornets aren’t really on anyone’s radar. Devonte Graham has been a useful DFS option this season, but Charlotte is usually on the other side of these write-ups. That’s why I believe Bridges could slip through the proverbial cracks with a minuscule ownership rate tonight. The matchup doesn’t look good on paper, but Bridgers has been heating up with 32+ FP in three of his past four outings. Marvin Williams is doubtful, so that should help keep more minutes free in the Charlotte frontcourt.
Daniel Gafford - PF - Chicago (at New Orleans)
Wendell Carter Jr. has been ruled out tonight. He left early in the last game, and Gafford stepped in to produce 29 FP in 24 minutes. We aren’t sure exactly how Chicago’s rotation will play out tonight, but Gafford should see a boost in playing time either way. There’s plenty of value within this slate, so I’m assuming Gafford won’t be as popular as he should be. Making matters even better, the matchup looks great while playing up in pace against a New Orleans team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts.