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 Tuesday’s seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Jaylen Nowell – Minnesota (vs. Denver)
D’Angelo Russell is very questionable for the Wolves game against Denver tonight. That could lead to more opportunities for Nowell. Russell left early against Golden State last week, and he has not seen the court since. Nowell has seen 26+ minutes in two of three games with D-Lo succumbing to injury. Nowell has proven that he’s an offensive creator who can replicate some of the things Russell does to make the Minnesota offense function. Because of that, he’s an interesting tournament lift in an expanded role.
Ayo Dosunmu – Chicago (vs. Orlando)
Zach LaVine is back for the Bulls, but that hasn’t discouraged Dosunmu. The rookie has averaged a cool 31 fantasy points and 35 minutes since LaVine returned. We can’t forget about his three games of 39+ FP the week leading up to that. In other words, Dosunmu has some fantasy upside, and he’s seeing enough playing time to unleash it. There’s a wide range of fantasy outcomes when it comes to the rookie, but it’s hard to find a cheap bargain with legitimate 40+ FP potential. Facing an Orlando team that ranks 25th in team defensive efficiency doesn’t hurt.
Cameron Johnson – Phoenix (vs. Brooklyn)
Speaking of heavy playing time, Johnson seems locked into it. His role will continue to be elevated too, especially if Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder (both questionable) miss this game. Johnson went off for 40 FP against the Wolves on Friday, and now he’s playing up in pace against a hobbled Brooklyn frontcourt. His ability to score and contribute in every category makes him an interesting DFS tournament bargain.
Jarred Vanderbilt – Minnesota (vs. Denver)
Vanderbilt has been a constant in this NBA GPP Pivots series all season. Yes, the price is higher than usual, but Vanderbilt has solidified a nice DFS floor/ceiling balance over the last few months. He has also flexed legitimate 40+ FP upside with the ability to grab 10 boards with a handful of combined steals/blocks. Those hustle stats could propel him to another rewarding DFS night in a tight game against the Nuggets.
Nikola Vucevic – Chicago (vs. Orlando)
I feel like most people will look towards Nikola Jokic (assuming he’ll play) or a value option at center. Vucevic could slip through the proverbial cracks despite a strong matchup against his former team. Orlando ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to centers and 23rd in rebound rate. Vucevic succumbed to foul trouble the last time these two teams met, but that’s more an exception than the rule with him. The Chicago big man has dropped 50+ fantasy points in two of his last four games, and he’s capable of putting up that total this evening.
Source: Yahoo Sports