NBA GPP Pivots: Friday, Nov. 19

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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 New Orleans)

Jackson is an underrated mid-range pick tonight. In fact, you could probably look towards him or his backcourt mate, Eric Bledsoe. Jackson has been steady with a 32 FPPG average over his last nine games. There’s a good chance he’ll exceed that mark against a New Orleans team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards ... As for Bledsoe, he has been more of a fantasy rollercoaster, but there’s upside in his profile. Bledsoe could have some motivation on his side while playing a Pels team (and fanbase) that simply did not want him anymore.

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart - Boston (vs. LA Clippers)

Jaylen Brown is still out, and now Dennis Schroder is questionable with an ankle injury. If Schroder is out, then Smart gains more DFS traction. However, I believe Smart is a...well, smart pick regardless. He has a strong 35 FPPG average over the last five games with Brown out. That includes a spike with 44 FP against the Bucks. We could see Smart on that level against a Lakers team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.

SMALL FORWARD

Josh Hart - New Orleans (vs. LA Clippers)

Hart missed time earlier this season, but he’s back in the lineup and seeing heavy minutes for the Pelicans. That includes 37+ minutes in three of his last four games, 34 FPPG in those contests. That average represents adequate fantasy value when considering Hart’s non-imposing salary. He’s a well-rounded player who could nab a few extra points, rebounds, and steals to boost that number over 40. Keep Hart on your fantasy radar.

POWER FORWARD

Pascal Siakam - Toronto (at Sacramento)

Siakam is another guy who missed time to start the season, but he’s back to full minutes for the Raptors. That includes a wide range of fantasy outcomes, hitting 51, 37, and 17 fantasy points respectively in his last three games. The latter came against a tough Utah defense. I’m expecting him to be closer to that 51 FP outburst while facing a bad Kings’ defense that has had trouble against opposing frontcourts.

CENTER

Mason Plumlee - Charlotte (vs. Indiana)

Plumlee is similar to Hart from a fantasy standpoint. Both of them represent fine value options that can really help your tournament squad if they get hot. Plumlee has notched 27+ fantasy points in three of his last five, and the Hornets will need his size to fend off the big frontcourt of Indiana. He already posted 31 FP against the Pacers earlier this season, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if Plumlee expanded on that.

ALSO CONSIDER

Cade Cunningham (PG - DET) is on fire with 43+ fantasy points in back-to-back games. The rookie is turning a corner, but those first-year inconsistencies still loom. Consider him a volatile risk/reward play although the matchup against a beat-up Golden State team is interesting.

Nemanja Bjelica (PF - GSW) will be somewhat popular with Draymond Green sidelined for the Warriors. I believe he’s “good chalk” that should be included in tournament builds. Bjelica posted 31 FP in 23 minutes last time out, and there’s a good chance he’ll see more playing time this evening.