NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 1/29

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Spencer Limbach
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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 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 Friday’s 10-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Dejounte Murray - San Antonio (vs. Denver)

There are plenty of top-notch point guards to rely on tonight. However, don’t forget about Dejounte Murray, who is priced slightly lower than guys like Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Malcolm Brogdon, etc. Murray will continue to run the show alongside DeMar DeRozan, which has led to 38+ fantasy points in five of his last six outings. It’s unlikely that Murray will hurt your fantasy squad tonight, and there’s legitimate 50 FP upside if he decides to be aggressive. That could happen against a Denver team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards.

SHOOTING GUARD

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (vs. Brooklyn)

Most people will look towards Bradley Beal or Fred VanVleet while spending on a shooting guard. Gilgeous-Alexander could slip through the cracks with a price point between those popular picks. That comes despite hitting 48+ fantasy points in three of his last four, and the matchup looks nice vs. Brooklyn (233 over/under). Gilgeous-Alexander came through with 49 FP at Phoenix on Wednesday even though he only shot 6-18 in 31 total minutes. We could see a higher shooting clip and more minutes in tonight’s tight battle with the Nets.

SMALL FORWARD

Keldon Johnson - San Antonio (vs. Denver)

Johnson is an exciting mid-range pick with built-in upside of 40-45 fantasy points. His production has been all over the map lately, which keeps the salary in check. When Johnson is feeling it, he can easily achieve 20+ points and 10 boards, as he showed us against the Lakers, Rockets, and Mavs earlier this month. This could be a buy-low opportunity for him to get back to that level.

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POWER FORWARD

Chris Boucher - Toronto (vs. Sacramento)

Boucher is one of the ultimate risk/reward options of this slate. Speaking to that, he has fallen between 12 and 47 fantasy points in his last six games. It’s been a few weeks since Boucher reached for his 40-45+ FP upside, so the salary is starting to relax. Could this be matchup where he comes back with an outstanding performance? After all, the Kings rank 24th in defensive efficiency to power forwards and 26th to centers. If you recall, Boucher went for 50 FP at Sacramento earlier this month.

CENTER

Al Horford - Oklahoma City (vs. Brooklyn)

Horford came back from an extended absence to rack up 49 fantasy points in 29 minutes at Phoenix on Wednesday. What the?!? I’m not expecting the veteran to reach for that kind of upside tonight, but maybe we should pay attention to Horford as a legitimate DFS bargain. He has posted 38+ FP in two of his last three outings, and the salary is still cheap. Making matters even better, his opponent (Brooklyn) ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers.

ALSO CONSIDER

Marvin Bagley (PF - SAC) has been called out for being wildly inconsistent this season, but perhaps he’s turning a corner while averaging 31 fantasy points in 30 minutes over his last five games. Bagley has flexed upside of 40-45 FP several times, and facing a Toronto team that ranks 25th vs. PFs could bring out the best in him.

Myles Turner (C - IND) is another name to remember. The center position is packed with legitimate DFS plays tonight, but we can’t forget about Turner’s impressive upside. He flopped against this same Charlotte team two nights ago, but there’s a chance he’ll get back on track against the vulnerable Hornets’ frontcourt.

Anthony Edwards (SG - MIN) was eager to impress on national TV last time out (39 FP in 32 minutes). He saw more opportunities with Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Jarrett Culver out. Culver and Towns are doubtful to return tonight, but D-Lo’s status is still up in the air. I’m viewing Edwards as a tournament bargain whose upside grows if Russell misses another game.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Oklahoma City
+200+6O 217.5
San Antonio
-250-6U 217.5