NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday 12/22

Spencer Limbach
·3 min read

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 Tuesday’s two-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Lou Williams - LA Clippers (at LA Lakers)

Williams is far from a “headline pick” on this two-game slate. In fact, most DFS enthusiasts will hesitate to put him in a lineup due to insecure playing time around 25 minutes. However, Lou has proven time and time again that he can rack up fantasy points in a hurry. He’ll spearhead the Clippers’ attack within the second unit, creating some better individual matchups. You probably know the drill by now: if Williams gets hot, he could post one of the better “per dollar” fantasy scores on this two-game slate.

SHOOTING GUARD

Paul George - LA Clippers (at LA Lakers)

You’ve probably heard the social media and sports talk rumblings that Paul George choked in the playoffs. That may be, but let’s keep in mind that George can be an outstanding DFS asset 80%+ of the time. He’s priced significantly lower than the other superstars of this slate, and you better believe PG-13 will have something to prove after all the criticism last season. Swerving off one of the popular picks (Kyrie, Curry, Durant, Kawhi) to George makes for an interesting tournament strategy.

SMALL FORWARD

Kelly Oubre Jr. - Golden State (at Brooklyn)

Tonight’s slate will force people into “studs and scrubs” lineup configuration. That will leave mid-range plays like Kelly Oubre Jr. with less popularity in tournaments. We aren’t sure how Oubre will fit in with the Warriors, and most people will take a wait-and-see approach. However, Oubre was a fantasy beast with the Suns over the past few years, and there’s a chance he’ll continue to produce with Golden State. Similar to the write-up of Lou Williams, Oubre is a mid-range pick who could contend as one of the best “per dollar” values of this slate.

POWER FORWARD

Kyle Kuzma - LA Lakers (vs. LA Clippers)

Kuzma just signed a three-year / $40 million contract extension, and the Lakers won’t keep him on the bench for that kind of money. It will be interesting to see how the LAL rotation plays out with all the new faces, and Kuzma is currently projected for somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 minutes. I believe he has upside beyond that, speaking from a playing time and fantasy scoring perspective. Note that his salary on FanDuel ($4,200) is much better, as we only need him to hit around 25 FP for respectable value over there.

CENTER

Marc Gasol - LA Lakers (vs. LA Clippers)

As mentioned in the previous write-up, it will be interesting to see how the Lakers handle their new additions. At the moment, it seems that Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol will both see around 20-25 minutes at center. I really like this spot for Gasol, as he should have more scoring and assist opportunities since joining the Lake Show. He’ll probably be more useful earlier in the season too, as fatigue hasn’t had a chance to set in for the soon-to-be 36-year-old. Go ahead and look towards Gasol as a cheap filler with upside, and his non-imposing salary will help you roster the superstars of this slate.

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