NBA GPP Pivots: Christmas Day

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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 five-game slate starting at 12:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Jrue Holiday - Milwaukee (vs. Golden State)

How could you fade a player named “Holiday” on this Christmas slate? Seriously though, Jrue makes for a sneaky-good tournament lift on Friday. Most people will look towards the top-tier of Luka Doncic / Kyrie Irving or find value in Jeff Teague at point guard. Holiday carries a mid-range salary and plenty of profit potential against a non-imposing Golden State defense. He will probably be overlooked with DFS enthusiasts gravitating towards Middleton or Antetokounmpo while playing anyone from the Bucks.

SHOOTING GUARD

Duncan Robinson - Miami (vs. New Orleans)

Dennis Schroder, Eric Bledsoe, and (maybe) Donte DiVincenzo make for popular value guards on this slate. However, I would urge you to keep Duncan Robinson in mind for tournaments. We all know that he carries upside if those three-pointers are falling, and it’s nice to see he logged 30 minutes in the season-opener. If Jimmy Butler (questionable) is out/limited, that would serve as a boon to Robinson and the other Miami backcourt players.

SMALL FORWARD

Caris LeVert - Brooklyn (at Boston)

LeVert profiles similarly to Jrue Holiday’s write-up. Both players are the third scoring option on their team, overshadowed by a pair of superstars. However, LeVert and Holiday are both proven fantasy commodities with discounted price tags. Despite hitting 45 FP in only 24 minutes (reduced in a blowout) on Tuesday, LeVert is only $5,800 on FanDuel. I’m guessing he won’t be too popular either, as most people will look towards Michael Porter Jr. for value or spend up on LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, etc. Needless to say, LeVert makes for a strong leverage play on the Christmas Day slate.

POWER FORWARD

Paul Millsap - Denver (vs. LA Clippers)

I’m not expecting Millsap to be the catalyst of a GPP-winning lineup, but he could provide solid value on his comfortable salary. The crafty veteran saw 36 minutes against Sacramento on Wednesday (28 FP), and that’s probably his baseline with JaMychal Green still out. Millsap has drawn rave reviews describing his fitness level and overall engagement heading into the season. Take that with a grain of salt, but he seems ready to produce in this high-scoring date with the Clippers.

CENTER

Nikola Jokic - Denver (vs. LA Clippers)

This slate is loaded with superstars, as Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard are all begging for your attention. Oh, and some guy named LeBron is playing too … I believe that Jokic will be the least popular of those big-ticket options. That comes despite blowing the lid off his upside with 68 FP in the season opener - kudos to my colleague Renee Miller for nailing that pick. Jokic is significantly cheaper than guys like LeBron, Doncic, and Giannis while holding similar fantasy potential. Getting him at a reduced contingency in this competitive battle with the Clippers makes for a great GPP scenario.