NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 4/2

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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

Kemba Walker - Boston (vs. Houston)

Don’t look now, but Kemba Walker has been stringing together some pretty good lines. Most people think of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as the top fantasy options from Boston, but Kemba has come through with 38+ FP in three of his last four. There’s some blowout risk against the Rockets, but Walker finds himself in a good matchup to keep that momentum. He’s an interesting risk/reward play on this slate.

SHOOTING GUARD

Andrew Wiggins - Golden State (at Toronto)

Stephen Curry is back and playing well for the Warriors, so Andrew Wiggins will become an afterthought for DFS purposes. However, Wiggins has come through with 38 and 48 fantasy points respectively over the last two games with Curry returning to the lineup. In other words: his fantasy run isn’t over. Most people will look towards Fred VanVleet, Anthony Edwards, or Devin Booker in this price range, but don’t forget about Wiggins’ newly-found upside in a high-scoring battle with the Raptors.

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SMALL FORWARD

Kyle Anderson - Memphis (vs. Minnesota)

It would be cool if Anderson saw 36 minutes every game. That’s not reality, as his playing time has been all over the place, creating some risk for DFS purposes. However, Anderson usually comes through whenever he sees 30+ minutes. That could be the case while playing up in pace against a Minnesota team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. Anderson is fresh off a 40 FP outing, and I believe he’ll see quality minutes in this competitive matchup with the Wolves. Keep him in mind for large-field tournaments.

POWER FORWARD

Jaden McDaniels - Minnesota (at Memphis)

It seems that McDaniels is locked into the PF position for Minnesota, as he has seen 35+ minutes in three straight games. His production has been up-and-down all season, but seeing starter minutes gives McDaniels a nice baseline around 20-25 fantasy points. He also flexed upside of 42 fantasy points at Brooklyn last week, so it's nice to know that he’s capable of GPP-winning upside. I don’t think McDaniels will hurt your fantasy squad for his unimposing salary tonight. There’s a chance he’ll get hot and boost your lineup while facing a Memphis team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.

CENTER

Jonas Valanciunas - Memphis (vs. Minnesota)

This Grizzlies-Wolves matchup is the second-highest over/under of the night, and there’s plenty of upside within it. I’m thinking most people will look towards Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell, or others at center tonight. Valanciunas could be left with a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite facing a Minnesota team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to centers. That creates a classic “GPP Pivot” situation to keep an eye on.

ALSO CONSIDER

Mike Conley (PG - UTA) mirrors the write-up of Kemba Walker. Both veterans have been playing well lately, and they find themselves in well-aligned matchups tonight. The only thing holding them back is blowout risk, so their upside will be free to climb if their opponents keep the game somewhat competitive.

Gary Trent Jr. (SG - TOR) is the definition of a risk/reward play. He’s a scoring machine but doesn’t do much of anything else. The Raptors will need him to pick up more usage with Kyle Lowry sidelined, so there’s some upside if Trent gets hot.

Jae Crowder (PF - PHX) won’t win you a GPP on his own, but he’s a reasonable bargain choice who could return positive value. He has been seeing around 30 minutes per contest lately, resulting in 30+ FP in two straight. Crowder could keep that going against an OKC team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.