GPP Pivots: Monday 6/7 Playoff Edition

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Point Guard

Jrue Holiday - Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Brooklyn Nets)

With James Harden confirmed out for tonight’s match-up between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets look for players like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to become massively rostered. Considering Irving and Durant’s projected popularity, the pivot play here would be to fade both superstars. The only way that this strategy will pay off is if Milwaukee blows out Brooklyn - Not likely, but possible. The Milwaukee Bucks are favored by -1 with a 237 O/U at Pointsbet.com. Investing in lineups with the narrative that Brooklyn loses by 12+ is a plausible strategy. I will be returning to the well by rostering Jrue Holiday for Game 2. Holiday totaled 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists over 37 minutes in Game 1. He only shot 2 for 7 from three-point land. I expect Holiday to improve on his Game 1 performance and outscore Kyrie Irving, leading Milwaukee to even the series at one apiece.

Other PG Option: Chris Paul

Shooting Guard

Joe Harris - Brooklyn Nets (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)

Joe Harris and Bruce Brown are two options at the SG/SF positions. Would I play both of them? Possibly but probably not. There’s nothing that says these two players have negative correlations but considering the usage of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, you might want to limit your exposure to Brooklyn Nets role players. Harris seems to be the play here though. Over their season series against Milwaukee, Harris averaged 12.3 PPG which is not particularly amazing but he was on the court for an average of 35.3 minutes per game. Brooklyn obviously needs Harris on the court for matchup purposes. Brown is typically inserted into the lineup for defensive purposes but often benefits fantasy-wise through his defense. With that said, Brown averaged just 12.3 MPG against Milwaukee this season. Joe Harris over Bruce Brown.

Other SG Option: Devin Booker

Small Forward

P.J. Tucker - Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Brooklyn Nets)

*FADE*

PJ Tucker entered Milwaukee’s starting lineup in Game 1 and performed just fine. At such low salaries, Tucker did not need to do much to reach value. He was able to total 17.5 DK FP at a salary of $2,400 (showdown slate salary) with an ownership of 40.2 %. If he is confirmed as Milwaukee’s starting small forward for tonight, I would consider investing in him but he will be very popular considering his salaries are still low ($3,200 on DK). PJ Tucker is worth the fade. If Tucker is rostered by more than 50% of the field today (and busts), fading him could be very lucrative. His upside is not high enough to eat the chalk and invest in him along with 50% of the field.

Other SF Options: Mikal Bridges

Power Forward

Blake Griffin - Brooklyn Nets (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)

With most people investing in Brooklyn’s superstars, don’t count out their role players. Bruce Brown, Blake Griffin, and Joe Harris all become solid options for tonight. Griffin was the clear benefactor of Harden’s injury in Game 1. After Harden’s exit, Griffin totaled 18 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals at low daily fantasy salaries on Fannduel, DraftKings, and YahooSports. Blake Griffin is a boom or bust play and I do expect him to be more popular tonight now that he finally has a solid playoff game under his belt. With that said, I do think he’s worth a roster spot at his current salaries around the industry. Lock in Blake Griffin. He’s one of my top plays of the night.

Other PF Option: Jae Crowder

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Center

Deandre Ayton - Phoenix Suns (vs. Denver Nuggets)

The Phoenix Suns must now match up against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of these 2021 NBA Playoffs. I believe the Suns have significant advantages against the Nuggets. Deandre Ayton is my X-Factor for this series. Ayton must maintain Nikola Jokic and I believe he will be able to do so. If Ayton is able to outplay Jokic, this series could be over quicker than you think. Pointsbet.com has the Suns favored at -216 with a 221.5 O/U. Ayton will benefit from increased rebounds and overall usage as they will need him on the court as much as possible to match up with Denver’s big man. Ayton averaged 21.0 points per game against Denver over their three-game regular-season series (but remember this Denver lineup is slightly different than what Phoenix has seen from them this season). Another contrarian strategy could be to fade the Nuggets starters completely. If the Joker struggles, I fully expect the Nuggets to struggle with him. This team will go as far as the Joker can carry them.

Other C Option: Nicholas Claxton

Bargain Bin

PG Cameron Payne

SG Bruce Brown

SF Mikal Bridges

PF Jae Crowder & Blake Griffin

C Nicolas Claxton