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NBA GPP Pivots: Saturday 3/16

Updated On: March 16, 2019, 12:07 pm ET

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.  

POINT GUARD

Derrick White – San Antonio (vs Portland)

White disappointed his fantasy backers last night with only 19 fantasy points through 20 minutes. The shortened playing time came in a blowout against the Knicks, but he should be looking at a much more competitive draw vs Portland tonight. White has now registered two clunkers below 20 fantasy points over his past three games. That, along with a heightened salary, may scare some people away. However, let’s not forget about his 41+ FP his three other most recent outings aside from the two disappointments. There’s a chance White will get back to that level tonight.

SHOOTING GUARD

Delon Wright – Memphis (at Washington)

Wright is more of a play on FanDuel, where the salary is relaxed and you don’t have the benefit of multi-position eligibility. The Memphis guard exploded for 44 fantasy points with Mike Conley out of the lineup a few weeks ago, but he has delivered some nice outings alongside Conley with 35+ fantasy points in two of four since then. Wright has a great chance to keep that pace against a Washington team that ranks sixth in pace and 28th in team defensive efficiency.

SMALL FORWARD

CJ Miles – Memphis (at Washington)

The price is starting to climb, which will probably discourage several DFS enthusiasts. However, we can’t overlook Miles in tournaments, especially after coming through with a sweet 35 fantasy point performance on Wednesday. Granted, that came against the lowly Hawks, but facing a Washington club that ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency to small forwards falls into the same category of matchup potential. The “catch” comes from Miles relying on long jumpers to hit any semblance of fantasy value. In other words: if his shot isn’t falling, he could have a very low fantasy score. He’s shooting the ball very well at the moment, so that’s the risk/reward situation we are looking at.

POWER FORWARD

Al-Farouq Aminu – Portland (at San Antonio)

I believe Aminu could be a serviceable bargain if you need some extra salary relief at power forward. He’s in line to see a routine 25-30 minute workload against a San Antonio team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to power forwards. The last time these two teams played, Aminu ended up with an efficiency 25 fantasy points through 22 minutes. I would expect him to see at least a handful of more minutes tonight, especially if Moe Harkless (questionable) remains sidelined.

CENTER

Jakob Poeltl – San Antonio (vs Portland)

There’s a good chance Poeltl will get the start and see significant minutes tonight while trying to neutralize Portland big man Jusuf Nurkic. Poeltl has been a fantasy revelation whenever he sees 25-30+ minutes, which could easily be the case tonight. The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Poeltl has the ability to contribute in every statistical category to establish a strong floor/ceiling combination in tournaments. Considering all of that, he’s underpriced for $4900 on FanDuel and $4400 on DraftKings.  

 


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