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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.
R.J. Hampton - Orlando (at Charlotte)
Hampton was featured in Wednesday’s NBA GPP Pivots article, coming through with 37 fantasy points in 31 minutes. I’m thinking he’ll be underrated despite hitting 43, 47, and 37 FP in his last three games respectively. Most DFS enthusiasts will take high-profile point guards or look towards Delon Wright / Facundo Campazzo as cheaper options. Hampton could have a smaller than deserved ownership rate in this 10-game slate.
Terence Davis - Sacramento (vs. San Antonio)
De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Harrison Barnes have been out for the Kings lately. Davis is one of the guys to help fill that void, translating to 26 and 29 fantasy points respectively in his past two games. Davis has a little bit of scoring upside to go along with the ability to pick up a handful of rebounds and/or assists. If Barnes and Fox are still out for Sacramento, Davis should see a 23-28 minute role to keep producing. He’s an interesting bargain filler near-minimum salary.
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DaQuan Jeffries - Houston (at Milwaukee)
Jeffries' fantasy viability comes down to the status of Jae’Sean Tate. If Tate misses another game, Jeffries would get the start with a full helping of minutes. That was the case last time around, as Jeffries posted 21 fantasy points in 40 minutes. The efficiency leaves room for improvement, but he should easily find DFS value if he sees another 36+ minute role. You have to think that he’ll shoot a little better than 2-10 (0-4 on threes).
Moritz Wagner - Orlando (at Charlotte)
Mo Bamba stole the show with a 57 FP outing on Wednesday. While he’s a strong DFS play once again, don’t forget about his frontcourt mate: Moritz Wagner. Orlando is without Wendell Carter and Chuma Okeke, which leaves Wagner with an increased role. Moritz is averaging 32 minutes per contest over his last four, hitting 30+ fantasy points in two of those. There’s a good chance he’ll cross that threshold in a nice matchup at Charlotte.
Naz Reid - Minnesota (at Miami)
There are so many good centers that won’t break the bank tonight. Mo Bamba and Dwight Powell (if Porzingis out) are towards the top of that list from a value standpoint. However, we can’t forget about Naz Reid, who is playing some great basketball with 30+ FP in two straight. The Wolves are a little thinner up front with Jaden McDaniels out, so maybe that will help Naz find some extra opportunities. No matter what, Reid has proven the ability to rack up stats in a hurry for Minnesota’s fast-paced offense, so he’s an interesting bargain tournament option.
Dorian Finney-Smith (SF - DAL) would keep seeing more work if Kristaps Porzingis (questionable) misses another game. Finney-Smith is the type of player who sometimes fades into the background, but he’s seeing full starter minutes with more opportunities sans Porzingis.
Jarred Vanderbilt (PF - MIN) is another guy who could step up with Jaden McDaniels sidelined. Vanderbilt isn’t known for his offensive prowess, but he’s a guy who can rack up peripheral stats while cashing in on a few putbacks or open looks from his teammates. He should see 25-30 minutes with the potential of starting tonight.