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 10-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Coby White - Chicago (at New Orleans)
White is a favorite of this column series. Sure, he’s inconsistent at times, but that keeps his price down. White usually responds in favorable matchups, and that’s the case tonight while facing a New Orleans team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards. The last time these two teams played (Feb. 10), White came through with 41 fantasy points in 34 minutes. A repeat performance is not out of the question.
Collin Sexton - Cleveland (vs. Indiana)
This strategy is worth repeating: we tend to take more risks with the GPP Pivots on shorter slates. On nights with seven or more games (like this evening), you don’t have to be as sneaky … There are so many good plays tonight that I believe Collin Sexton will be underrated. This will come despite his outstanding form of 44 and 55 fantasy points over the last two games. Sexton could keep it going against an Indiana squad that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. James Harden and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will see plenty of attention at shooting guard, but don’t forget about Sexton at a cheaper price point.
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Harrison Barnes - Sacramento (vs. LA Lakers)
I’m hoping that Harrison Barnes is underrated tonight. He has been an underwhelming fantasy performer throughout most of his career, and the salary has been marked-up. However, the Kings need him right now with Tyrese Haliburton out and Buddy Hield questionable. Barnes has responded with 41-50 fantasy points in three straight games, and now he’ll have a much easier-than-perceived matchup vs. the Lakers with LeBron James out.
Jerami Grant - Detroit (at Toronto)
Grant is questionable tonight, so you’ll need to double-check his status before settling on him in a lineup. I’m guessing that he will be underrated because of that. If Grant ends up playing, he will continue to shoulder heavy usage with Blake Griffin and Delon Wright out (Rose traded away). The matchup against Toronto doesn’t look great on paper, but it helps that Pascal Siakam has been ruled out. Grant’s salary has dipped recently, and he’s still fully capable of providing 40-45 fantasy points on any given night.
DeAndre Jordan - Brooklyn (at Houston)
DeAndre’s recent production has been all over the map, but he should post a solid fantasy line at Houston tonight. The Rockets have been terrible against opposing bigs ever since DeMarcus Cousins decided to leave, and the continued absence of Chrisitan Wood will keep that trend alive. Take this for whatever it's worth, but Jordan is from Houston, so he could have some extra motivation to show out in his hometown.
Lonzo Ball (PG - NO) finds himself on the other side of the aforementioned matchup with Coby White. The Bulls love to play fast while ranking 26th in defensive efficiency to opposing point guards. Ball came up with 43 FP the last time these two teams met, so keep him in mind tonight.
Jordan Clarkson (SG - UTA) continues to be a spark off Utah’s bench. He’s the odds-on favorite to win 6th man of the year, and I like his fantasy prospects tonight - especially on FanDuel at $5,500. Facing a Philly team that ranks 25th in d-eff to shooting guards helps.
Jarred Vanderbilt (PF - MIN) needs consistent minutes. Foul trouble, blowouts, and a new coach have served as barriers. There’s no doubt that the Wolves play better with “Vando” next to Towns, and the power forward has stepped up for 31+ FP in two of his last three. This is a risky pick, but Vanderbilt could pay dividends if he sees 25-30 minutes.
Montrezl Harrell (C - LAL) was bad last night. However, he has an interesting bounce-back spot against a Sacramento team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers. There’s a chance the Lakers will need Harrell to step up with LeBron and AD out.