Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. 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 popular picks 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.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Tomas Satoransky – Washington (at Phoenix)
Satoransky was mentioned in the “GPP Pivots” column yesterday, coming away with a mediocre 32 fantasy point showing against the Lakers. I firmly believe he can get back to the 38-40+ FP upside, especially while in the regular habit of seeing 37 or more minutes. It doesn’t hurt that he’s playing a Phoenix team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to opposing point guards. This is the best fantasy atmosphere of the night while looking at a competitive 231 over/under (Wizards favored by 2) between a pair of bottom five defenses.
Dennis Schroder – Oklahoma City (vs Indiana)
Schroder has been sneaky-good for fantasy purposes lately, averaging 35 minutes and 33 fantasy points over his last four games. It’s worth noting that reached 45 fantasy points at Toronto last Friday, letting us know that there’s some upside beyond a baseline in the mid-30’s. Schroder has been known as a fallback guy in DFS this season, usually getting attention when either Russell Westbrook or Paul George are sidelined. Both of those guys are healthy at the moment, but Schroder is seeing more minutes (and subsequent production) with inspiring play alongside them. Some people may shy away from a subpar matchup against the Pacers, but I’ll be looking towards Schroder as an underpriced DFS asset who will continue to enjoy a growing role.
Maurice Harkless – Portland (at Chicago)
Harkless is another under-the-radar option who has been performing reasonably well for the Blazers. He usually sees minutes in the 28-30 range, but take notice that he logged 39 minutes Monday against Brooklyn. That creates an intriguing floor/ceiling combination to target through all DFS formats. C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are sidelined for Portland, so Harkless could see upside in playing time and usage while helping fill the void. Facing a Chicago team that ranks 24th in team defensive efficiency helps as well.
Domantas Sabonis – Indiana (at Oklahoma City)
Sabonis would be an outstanding DFS option if his minutes were consistently over 30. Instead, most people will shy away from his usual 22-25 minute workload. Let’s not write him off just yet, as Sabonis has proven the ability to post some efficient upside. That includes 39 fantasy points through 27 minutes against the Clippers last Tuesday (3/19), and 43 fantasy points through 27 minutes on March 14 against the same Oklahoma City team he’ll see tonight. The Thunder rank 20th in defensive efficiency to opposing power forwards, leaving the door open for Sabonis to enjoy another solid performance.
Thomas Bryant – Washington (at Phoenix)
The center position is loaded tonight. We have Rudy Gobert in a great matchup against the Lakers, JaVale McGee looking to continue his hot streak, and Enes Kanter stepping up for the Blazers. Meanwhile, Bryant has a marked-up salary despite coming off a letdown showing with 12 fantasy points through 27 minutes against the Lakers. Majority of DFS players will avoid him for that reason. However, this is a strong bounce-back spot against a Phoenix team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing centers.
Jabari Parker – Washington (at Phoenix)
Parker has been very mediocre over his past three contests, but he was averaging 39 FPPG in four games leading up to that. His role hasn’t really fluctuated, and Trevor Ariza’s potential absence (questionable) could open things up for him. The matchup at Phoenix is agreeable as well. This seems like a spot where the shooting percentage normalizes, and Parker gets back to flirting with 40 fantasy points. That would obviously post a solid return on his mid-range salary.