NBA GPP Pivots: Friday, Dec. 3

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

POINT GUARD

Reggie Jackson - LA Clippers (at LA Lakers)

Jackson hasn’t been great from a fantasy perspective this season, but he’s not exactly a slouch either. He regularly meets value on his mid-range salary, as the 28 FPPG mark suggests. There’s a chance Jackson goes beyond that in a matchup with the Lakers tonight. The purple and gold play at the fastest pace in the NBA while ranking 28th in defensive efficiency to point guards. That opens the door for Jackson to finally display some fantasy upside.

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart - Boston (at Utah)

This matchup isn’t great, but Smart has some other factors going for him tonight. First off, Jaylen Brown has been ruled out, so Smart could see more usage in his absence. Lately, Smart has found sneaky-good upside in recent games alongside Brown, hitting 35+ fantasy points in three of his last four. More usage to mix alongside already robust production could be a recipe for success for the Boston guard.

SMALL FORWARD

Franz Wagner - Orlando (at Houston)

Wagner is a guy I’m targeting in tournaments and cash games. Jalen Suggs will miss some time moving forward, which helps secure Wagner’s role. He used that to go for 43 and 35 fantasy points respectively over the last two games. Wagner finds himself in another matchup to thrive, facing a Houston team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to small forwards.

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POWER FORWARD

John Collins - Atlanta (vs. Philadelphia)

Collins could get lost in the shuffle tonight. He’s an upper-mid-range option who lands in a sneaky-good matchup against a Philadelphia squad that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Collins has hit 39+ fantasy points in five of his last eight games, and that’s a realistic expectation in this tight contest with the Sixers.

CENTER

Mo Bamba - Orlando (at Houston)

Bamba’s recent production has been all over the place, but I believe we’ll see his good side against Houston. After all, the Rockets rank second in pace and 26th in defensive efficiency to centers. Bamba came up with a “50 burger” against Philadelphia earlier this week, and I’m not ruling out that level of production in a nice matchup with Houston.

ALSO CONSIDER

Cam Johnson (SF - PHX) is another bargain pick who looks good for tournament and cash game purposes. He’ll be filling in for Devin Booker (ruled out) tonight, stepping up for 32 fantasy points in 27 minutes last game in his absence.

Jonas Valanciunas (C - NO) is coming off a 14 fantasy point clunker against the Mavericks. Most people will avoid him in this rematch with Dallas, but I actually like his chances at redemption. Dallas has been bad against centers this season, so that last game seems like more of an outlier than anything. The Mavs rank 28th in defensive efficiency to centers and 24th in rebound rate. The table is set for Valanciunas to feast.