NBA DFS GPP Pivots Saturday Jan. 1

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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 Feedthroughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at Saturday’s 5-game slate starting at 7:00 ET. Happy New Year!

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POINT GUARD

Derrick White – San Antonio (at Detroit)

The Spurs are falling fast today, making those that do suit up tonight interesting GPP plays. The ceiling on a guy like White, or Jakob Poeltl, gets a bit higher with several starters already ruled out tonight. White is playing well anyway with Dejounte Murray out, and tonight’s matchup with Detroit is a good one. The Pistons play at a fast pace, allow the seventh-most overall fantasy points to opponents and rank 23rd in defensive rating (28th in rebounding). They also turn the ball over at the fourth-highest rate, which could be big for White, who averages over a steal per game.

SHOOTING GUARD

Bradley Beal – Washington (vs. Chicago)

I think Beal will be a little overlooked tonight with many stars shining brighter than he, but he has as much upside as anyone. Chicago is a tough matchup on paper, but they did play last night and the Wizards are hot right now. Beal is a big part of that as his last two games have been stellar – 37 and 29 real points and a 10-assist double-double vs. Cleveland Thursday night. His salary is high enough and there is enough value at the position to keep most people off Beal tonight.

SMALL FORWARD

Saddiq BeyDetroit (vs. San Antonio)

Bey’s salary has come up a lot too, and given that he’s coming off a career high in points, it’s deserved. He’s been consistently beating his season average fantasy points by a lot in the last week or two after a rough start to the month. As mentioned above, the Spurs are down several starters tonight and the line is already moving a bit in Detroit’s favor. San Antonio plays at the league’s fourth-highest pace, giving up the 10th-most overall fantasy points. I also like Hamidou Diallo and Luka Garza tonight.

POWER FORWARD

Kevin Durant – Brooklyn (vs. LA Clippers)

Durant isn’t really that contrarian, but I feel better about spending on James Harden, who is hot like lava right now, or Nikola Jokic, who is almost always a safe bet for 60 fantasy points. People might also be wary of the Nets being such big home favorites, or Durant still recovering from his time in COVID protocols. His first game back wasn’t amazing, 48 fantasy points, but all these things make him the great GPP play he is tonight.

CENTER

Christian Wood – Houston (vs. Denver)

With the two Nikolas on the slate, most people will just zoom right past the well-priced Wood tonight. His recent game logs aren’t what I’m usually looking for in a GPP play; they’re very consistently good. A high floor doesn’t hurt, and even though he’s facing off with Jokic, don’t forget he has had his share of 50-60 fantasy point games. It’s also been a while since he double-doubled, something I’m betting changes tonight. Wood is too expensive for cash games (except on FanDuel) but I love mixing him into tournament lineups tonight.

ALSO CONSIDER

Jalen Green (PG – HOU) Denver is one of the better PG matchups in the league (fourth-most fantasy points allowed to the position) and though the Nuggets are favored on the road here, Vegas at least has it as a high scoring game. The Rockets aren’t winning many games, but they are averaging about 114 points per game in their last four games. Both Kevin Porter Jr. and Green could have value in this matchup, but Green is fitting better into most of my lineups. Porter is just too expensive now that Houston is healthier and Green is playing 25-35 MPG. The salary difference is most pronounced on DraftKings, but present everywhere. If you like the risk, there’s no question that Porter has the higher ceiling of the two Houston guards.

Marcus Morris Sr. (PF – LAC) is a boring player to roster in any format, but he’s been playing a critical role for the Clippers. His last five games have all yielded a great return on investment, including one vs. the Nets last week. He’s scored at least 20 points in all of them, with fairly mediocre to poor three-point shooting. He’s taking a ton of shots, and with Paul George still sidelined, he should continue to be a driving force on this offense.