NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 2/12

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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 11-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Dennis Schroder - LA Lakers (vs. Memphis)

Don’t look now, but Dennis Schroder has been playing some great basketball. His minutes are through the roof (37-40 in last three), helping him achieve 36+ fantasy points in three straight. Anthony Davis has missed two of those games, promoting Schroder to a larger offensive role. Davis is listed as questionable tonight, and Schroder would step in as a serviceable mid-range DFS option if he can’t go.

SHOOTING GUARD

Terrence Ross - Orlando (at Sacramento)

Frank Mason and Aaron Gordon are out. Cole Anthony, Evan Fournier, and Michael Carter-Williams are questionable. If a few of those players miss tonight’s game, then Ross will see a much larger workload. That could include more ball-handling responsibilities if Anthony doesn’t play. Ross translated that role into 37 fantasy points (40 minutes) yesterday, and this matchup at Sacramento looks good.

SMALL FORWARD

Kenrich Williams - Oklahoma City (at Denver)

I would feel much better about Williams’ minutes and subsequent fantasy production if Isaiah Roby (questionable) is ruled out. Oklahoma City has a thin rotation to begin with, and Roby’s absence will force Williams into a full-time role. Kenrich is fresh off a 38 FP showing in 40 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday. He’s still cheap with a good chance to pay dividends for the shorthanded Thunder.

POWER FORWARD

John Collins - Atlanta (vs. San Antonio)

Collins is one of those guys who would be extremely popular if this was a five-game slate. However, we have 11 games on the docket along with plenty of power forwards to consider. I’m thinking that Collins will get lost in the shuffle despite achieving 49 fantasy points in two of his last four. A competitive and high-scoring battle vs. San Antonio (225 over/under) could help him get there.

CENTER

Al Horford - Oklahoma City (at Denver)

Horford probably isn’t as sneaky as other players listed in this article, but I still believe he’ll have lower than deserved backing. The matchup at Denver doesn’t look great on paper, but Oklahoma City will need Horford to run their offense with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Theo Maledon, and George Hill out. Horford has answered that call with 59 fantasy points in two of his last three, so there’s definitely some upside in his back pocket.

ALSO CONSIDER

Payton Pritchard (PG - BOS) is a cheap filler who should flirt with 30+ minutes when considering that Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart are out. He came through with 26 fantasy points yesterday vs. Toronto, representing solid value on his bargain-basement salary.

James Ennis (SF - ORL) is another injury replacement to consider if Evan Fournier and Michael Carter-Williams (both questionable) can’t play. Ennis has looked good in an expanded role, hitting 31 and 34 fantasy points with 34 and 38 minutes respectively over his last two.

Michael Porter Jr. (SF - DEN) and Richaun Holmes (C - SAC) are a few other players to keep on your tournament shortlist. Both guys have a scary game log, but they are capable of posting big numbers if things fall into place. Porter will take on an OKC team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to small forwards, while Holmes will try to surpass his 37 FP mark from the last time he played Orlando (1/27).