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.
Reggie Jackson - Detroit (vs. Phoenix)
A combination of factors will likely drive Jackson’s ownership rate down. That comes despite the fact that he should see a heightened role with Derrick Rose out. First off, Jackson was unable to capitalize on Rose’s absence on Monday, posting just 16 fantasy points in 24 minutes. Also, there’s plenty of value on tonight’s slate, so Reggie isn’t the most obvious bargain commodity. Despite those items, I believe Jackson can come through with a solid fantasy return. He went 1-16 on Monday, and that shooting percentage should normalize. He’ll see enough minutes and opportunities to find serviceable fantasy production against a Phoenix team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Dennis Schroder - Oklahoma City (vs. Cleveland)
Schroder’s salary has risen lately, as he has been a fantasy beast with 42+ FP in three straight games. Most people will be looking towards the cheaper guards on this slate (Levert, Brown, etc.) while glossing over Schroder despite his confident matchup against Cleveland. The Cavs rank dead last in defensive efficiency to shooting guards, feeding the rationale that Schroder should continue to thrive.
Glenn Robinson III - Golden State (at Brooklyn)
D’Angelo Russell is cleared to play tonight, which will have many DFS enthusiasts reluctant to utilize Glenn Robinson Jr. Robinson posted 41 FP with D-Lo sidelined last game, but also contributed 37 FP (in 25 minutes) with Russell active at Cleveland last Saturday. Tonight’s matchup at Brooklyn doesn’t look great from a defensive efficiency point of view (BKN is 3rd vs. SFs), but Robinson is brimming with confidence at the moment. The Warriors should continue to give him plenty of chances to prove his worth, as they are trying to showcase Robinson for trade opportunities.
Christian Wood - Detroit (vs. Phoenix)
Wood’s playing time has been all over the place lately, and that’s the risk from a DFS point of view. However, the Detroit forward has notched 35 fantasy points in two of his last four games, and one of those came in only 20 minutes in Brooklyn (Jan. 29). Wood could find respectable efficiency tonight against a Phoenix team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Of course, there’s significant upside if he gets hot, which would extend his playing time as well.
Damian Jones - Atlanta (at Minnesota)
Alex Len and Jabari Parker are out for Atlanta. Bruno Fernando is questionable, and Clint Capela has been acquired in a trade. Assuming Fernando and Capela aren’t playing tonight, Jones becomes an interesting GPP pivot for a tiny salary. Damian has seen 26+ minutes in two of his past three games, achieving 32+ FP in both of those. Sure, he flopped vs. Boston on Monday (7 FP in 17 minutes), and that’s the risk involved. However, a high-scoring date with Minnesota’s generous defense should help him produce.
Mike Conley - PG - Utah (vs. Denver)
Delon Wright - SG - Dallas (vs. Memphis)
Dorian Finney-Smith - SF - Dallas (vs. Memphis)
Nerlens Noel - PF - Oklahoma City (vs. Cleveland)