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.
Collin Sexton - Cleveland (vs. Boston)
Sexton is on my DFS radar through all formats tonight. Darius Garland will miss his second straight game for the Cavs, which should boost Sexton’s rates across the board. Sexton responded with 51 fantasy points in 39 minutes despite a tricky matchup vs. Utah on Monday. Tonight’s date with Boston looks tougher on paper than it actually is. The Celtics will be without most of their starting lineup (Walker, Hayward, Brown, Tatum), so Sexton should have an open door to keep producing.
RJ Barrett - New York (vs. Utah)
Utah’s backcourt defense has surprisingly dropped off recently. We briefly alluded to that in Sexton’s write-up above, and the Jazz rank dead last in defensive efficiency to backcourts over the last five games. That makes RJ Barrett and interesting fantasy selection with a cheaper-than-deserved salary to boot. Barrett is coming off his best performance in a long time (41 FP vs. HOU), and there’s a chance that momentum will bleed into this sneaky-good draw.
Cedi Osman - Cleveland (vs. Boston)
Osman is another player who could take advantage of Cleveland’s injury situations. Darius Garland and Andre Drummond are out while Tristan Thompson is sidelined. Osman played 39 minutes with Garland sidelined last game, which is a good sign moving forward. As mentioned earlier, the matchup vs. Boston isn’t as intimidating as the defensive rankings suggest. Osman makes for an interesting bargain at a dirt-cheap salary while seeing a full complement of minutes.
James Johnson - Minnesota (vs. Chicago)
Johnson has been seeing 20-25 minutes off Minnesota’s bench. He has produced 36+ fantasy points in two of his last three games as a result. Johnson is admittedly a better fantasy selection on FanDuel, as blocks and steals are worth more over there. His upside relies on those peripheral stats, and there’s a good chance Johnson will rack them up against a Chicago team that ranks bottom five in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Brook Lopez - Milwaukee (vs. Indiana)
Lopez is a volatile fantasy asset, as his production relies on knocking down three-pointers. You never know when he’s going to showcase his sharpshooting skills or just watch Giannis do his thing. However, I believe we’ll see Lopez’s good side against an Indiana team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers. The last time these two teams met (Dec. 22), BroLo posted 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks for 36 fantasy points. He could post a similar line tonight.