The purpose of this article is to outline potential popular selections at every position, then give some sneaky pivot plays with lower ownership rates for tournament consideration. Essentially, it’s your traditional “Tournament Picks” segment with an emphasis on getting away from those groupthink selections of the day.
In other words, I’m playing devil’s advocate in going against the grain. Hopefully, this will help find some lower-owned pivot plays to accompany the popular, well-aligned picks in your FanDuel lineups.
Pivot: D.J. Augustin – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
To be honest, I’m not sure if Augustin will be relatively popular or not tonight. His recent hotstreak of 37 fantasy points in each of the past two games has not gone unnoticed. On the other hand, there are several cheaper point guard options demanding attention within this slate (Mills, Barea, Felton). That leads me to believe that Augustin will have a somewhat-low ownership percentage, despite another quality matchup (Dallas is 21st vs PGs) to continue the heater.
Pivot: Norman Powell – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
This selection depends on the status of Terrence Ross, who is currently listed as questionable. Ross has missed the past two games, and Powell has stepped in for an average of 37 minutes and 23 fantasy points. That’s solid production for a near-minimum salary, and Powell will potentially see enough playing time to replicate that average in a high-scoring contest vs Oklahoma City. Keep an eye on Ross’ status. If he doesn’t play, consider Powell as a cheap filler to open up some cap space.
Pivot: Evan Turner – Boston (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
It may be somewhat surprising to have Turner listed as a lower-owned pivot play. After all, he has surpassed 34 fantasy points in three of the last four games, so he’s clearly on most people’s radar. However, the way lineup configuration aligns today, Turner isn’t getting the attention he deserves. Most of it is funneling to Gordon Hayward or Andrew Wiggins at similar salaries. Jae Crowder is still out for Boston, meaning Turner should retain his heightened role with potential for upside.
Pivot: Ed Davis – Portland (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Davis has quietly become a fantasy beast over the past several weeks, noticing a substantial uptick in efficiency with Meyers Leonard out. Davis is only seeing 23-35 minutes off the bench, but he has made the most of that moderate playing time, averaging an extremely solid 29 FPPG over the past five. A matchup against the fast-paced Kings, who rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards, suggests more of the same production this evening. The power forward position is loaded tonight, which is why I’m thinking Davis will slip through the cracks despite his promising hotstreak.
Pivot: Nikola Jokic - Denver (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
Jokic is always in play as a tournament commodity, as he holds upside in any given matchup. With Kenneth Faried out of the rotation, his minutes and offensive responsibilities seem stable moving forward. The matchup tonight against Dallas is a friendly one to target, as the Mavericks have fallen to 23rd in defensive efficiency against opposing big men and 27th overall in rebound rate. That suggests an exploitable draw to inspire upside from Jokic, and he’ll likely be underutilized with other solid plays sitting above and below his mid-range salary.