NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 10/29

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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 seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.


Collin Sexton - Cleveland (at LA Lakers)

I really like this play. Sexton currently holds a modest, non-imposing salary that won’t break the bank. I’m thinking he’ll be slightly underrated with so many quality options on this seven-game slate. Sure, Sexton has somewhat of a boom or bust element to his fantasy game. Speaking to that point, he has achieved 40+ FP in two of his last four. He went under 20 fantasy points in the other two. Most people will shy away from that volatility. However, I believe we’ll see his good side against the Lakers, who rank dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards this young season.


Nickeil Alexander-Walker - New Orleans (vs. Sacramento)

Alexander-Walker was dubbed a breakout candidate prior to this season, and he’s definitely living up to the hype. The versatile guard has achieved 32+ fantasy points in three of four games this season, which makes for a nice fantasy baseline. He flexed some nice upside with 38 FP in 32 minutes against Chicago as well. The Pelicans will need him to keep creating offensively with Zion Williamson sidelined, and this is a great matchup against Sacramento - who ranked near the bottom in defensive efficiency to shooting guards last season.


OG Anunoby - Toronto (vs. Orlando)

Anunoby isn’t a player who is going to jump off the screen for fantasy purposes. Maybe he should? OG is starting to heat up with 43 and 50 fantasy points respectively in the past two games. Some of that 50 FP outburst was fueled by five steals, but it’s nice that he's capable of a few blocks and swipes on any given night. Anunoby should continue to hold a sizable role for the Raptors with Pascal Siakam still sidelined. It helps that his opponent, Orlando, ranks bottom five in defensive efficiency to small forwards.


Anthony Davis - LA Lakers (vs. Cleveland)

Davis is expensive, and I’m willing to bet that he’ll be underrated tonight. He technically has an injury designation next to his name although reports suggest he’s probable for this game. We can expect Davis to take over if LeBron James (questionable) is out or limited. That was the case two games ago when AD went off for 71 fantasy points. Despite holding that level of upside, he’s still much cheaper than guys like Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, and Luka Doncic.


Wendell Carter Jr. - Orlando (at Toronto)

Carter is a sneaky-good mid-range pick who could hold his own tonight. Both Mo Bamba and Carter find themselves in a nice spot at Toronto, who ranks bottom five in defensive efficiency to centers. The Raptors are also near the bottom in rebound rate to start the season. Carter has chipped in 36+ fantasy points in two of his last three, and this is a great spot to keep him going.


Jalen Brunson (SG - DAL) is a cheap tournament pick. He doesn’t see a ton of minutes, so Brunson will have to lean on excellent efficiency to hit value. He has made that happen with 33+ FP in two straight.

Harrison Barnes (PF - SAC) used to have virtually no fantasy upside. That was the old version. This new 2.0 upgrade holds a 43 FPPG average on the season with a 55 FP game under his belt.