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 11-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
De’Aaron Fox - Sacramento (at Portland)
There are so many quality point guards on tonight’s slate. Fox could easily get lost in the shuffle. Often times, you don’t have to get too creative when it comes to NBA GPP Pivots. Simply taking the third or fourth-best (value) option at a position can create leverage. That’s what we are looking for in Fox. We all know the Sacramento guard has capable fantasy upside, and the matchup looks good against a Portland team that ranked 27th in defensive efficiency to point guards last season.
Jalen Green - Houston (at Minnesota)
Most DFS enthusiasts will avoid rookies in their debut game, as we really don’t know their role or how their skill will translate into the NBA. However, I’m willing to embrace Jalen Green in tournaments tonight. The second overall pick should see 32-35 minutes for a Rockets team that needs him to step into a prominent role. Green averaged a nice 18-4-3 line in the G-League last season, and he also broke out for 30-7-5 in one playoff game. I like him as an interesting bargain in a likely high-scoring game at Minnesota.
Chris Duarte - Indiana (at Charlotte)
Let’s take a look at another cheap rookie with upside. Caris LeVert is out while Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday are questionable for the Pacers. Duarte should see around 25-30 minutes, perhaps more if Indiana is shorthanded. That puts him in an interesting position to succeed against a Charlotte team that ranked 24th in defensive efficiency to small forwards last season. Keep an eye on the Indiana injury situation and Duarte as we move closer to tip-off.
Isaiah Stewart - Detroit (vs. Chicago)
Stewart could be one of the better breakout players this season. We saw flashes of his 35-40 FP upside down the stretch last season, and Stewart should see more opportunities in a featured role for the Pistons. The matchup against Chicago is middle-of-the-road, but this is an instance where increased volume (and confidence) could put Stewart over the top.
Jusuf Nurkic - Portland (vs. Sacramento)
We all know Nurkic has 50+ fantasy point potential in his back pocket. It all comes down to how many minutes he plays and how aggressive he is on offense. In other words, is he going to get shots up or just watch Damian Lillard do his thing? It’s encouraging that Nurkic went for 15-10-4 through 23 minutes in the preseason finale. Now he’ll face a Sacramento team that ranked 27th in defensive efficiency to centers and 25th in rebound rate last season.
Reports out of Minnesota suggest that D’Angelo Russell (SG - MIN) is primed to rekindle his All-Star form from several seasons ago. Is there enough usage to satisfy Towns, Edwards, and D-Lo? That’s the question. However, we all know Russell can put the ball in the hoop, and the matchup against Houston looks great.
Daniel Gafford (C - WAS) was fantastic down the stretch last season. He was rewarded with a three-year $40.2 million contract because of that. Surely the Wizards plan on giving him a ton of minutes after signing him to that hefty contract? Right? RIGHT? He was an efficient fantasy performer last season, and we have him projected for around 25 minutes tonight. There’s a chance he’ll see more time than that, boosting his upside.