NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 3/26

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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 main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Kira Lewis Jr. - New Orleans (vs. Denver)

Take note that this is an extremely risky tournament play. Lewis has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, but he could be an outstanding value (for minimum salary) if things go his way. Lonzo Ball will miss his third straight game, meaning Lewis and Nickeil Alexander-Walker will see more minutes. Lewis came through with 32 FP in 20 minutes last game, but some of that came via garbage time. If Lewis sees 20+ minutes tonight, he could come through with another solid outing. After all, he has achieved 27+ FP in three of his last four with 20+ minutes.

SHOOTING GUARD

Dwayne Bacon - Orlando (vs. Portland)

Orlando is a mess right now with Aaron Gordon / Nikola Vucevic out the door and their recent acquisitions not ready to play. Dwayne Bacon hasn’t done much with his playing time over the last few weeks, but he’ll be asked to take on a steep usage rate tonight. Most people will be flocking to Michael Carter-Williams, but don’t forget about Bacon against a Portland team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to backcourts.

SMALL FORWARD

Saddiq Bey - Detroit (vs. Brooklyn)

Bey is far from consistent, so this is another risk/reward fantasy play. However, he’s seeing starter minutes for the Pistons, seizing the opportunity for 51, 35, and 26 fantasy points in the past week. There’s also an 8 FP clunker in there to highlight his risk profile. I believe we’ll see Bey’s good side in a high-scoring matchup with Brooklyn, who ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.

POWER FORWARD

Jae’Sean Tate - Houston (at Minnesota)

Are you sensing a theme with this article? Almost every player is a cheap, young value prospect with a wide range of fantasy outcomes. Tate is no exception. Just look at his game log - coming through with 43+ FP twice but also 18 FP twice over his past six. Victor Oladipo’s (and maybe Kevin Porter Jr.) absence could open up more usage for Houston, and Tate is one to benefit. It helps that he’s facing a bad Minnesota defense.

CENTER

Myles Turner - Indiana (at Dallas)

Did you know Turner’s nickname is “Samurai Myles”? I guess because he sometimes rocks the ponytail? Anyway, he seems underpriced on all DFS sites. The public will fade him heavily after a disastrous 17 FP showing on Wednesday. However, we can’t forget that Turner has legitimate 45+ FP upside, especially if he can block several shots (more so for FD scoring). This is strictly a price-per-upside kind of play.

ALSO CONSIDER

Michael Carter-Williams (PG - ORL) will likely be popular tonight, but that doesn’t mean you should completely ignore him in tournaments. MCW will serve as the offensive initiator for the short-handed Magic, which should help his fantasy score even if the efficiency is terrible.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (SG - NO) is essentially the safer (and more expensive) version of Kira Lewis Jr. “NAW” has gone for 30+ fantasy points in the last two games with Lonzo Ball out, and he has flexed serious scoring upside when given a chance earlier in the season.

Mason Plumlee (C - DET) is no stranger to this article, as he’s an underrated fantasy center with a non-imposing mid-range salary. Playing up in pace against Brooklyn (26th in d-eff to centers) could serve him well.