NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday 3/16

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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 Tuesday’s seven-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Dennis Schroder - LA Lakers (vs. Minnesota)

Schroder has been seeing full starter minutes in non-blowout situations. Of course, there’s a chance this matchup vs. Minnesota gets out of hand, but the Timberwolves have been playing better lately. I like this spot for Schroder, who has upside on any given night if the Lakers need him to pick up the slack with Anthony Davis out. Minnesota ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to point guards, and Schroder went for 43 FP in their last meeting (Feb. 16).

SHOOTING GUARD

Tyler Herro - Miami (vs. Cleveland)

Herro has a questionable tag next to his name, but he’s actually considered probable for tonight’s game. That could leave him with less backing than he deserves. Herro is cheap despite coming up with 40 FP in his last appearance, and tonight’s matchup vs. Cleveland looks good - the Cavs rank 28th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.

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SMALL FORWARD

RJ Barrett - New York (at Philadelphia)

We’ll need to keep an eye on the injury report here. Derrick Rose and Elfrid Payton are questionable for this tilt against the Sixers. If they are both out, Barrett will absorb more playmaking responsibilities. He has looked good in that role, posting 51 and 41 fantasy points respectively over his last two. The salary still hasn’t accounted for his uptick in usage, so take advantage if Rose/Payton sit tonight.

POWER FORWARD

Robert Covington - Portland (vs. New Orleans)

By now you should know the deal with Covington. He could legitimately produce 40+ fantasy points or flop with 15-20 FP. I believe we’ll see the latter in this high over/under (237) against New Orleans. The last time these two teams met (Feb. 17), “RoCo” ended up with 40 fantasy points in 38 minutes. He should continue to see heavy playing time, and there’s upside in steals/blocks on FanDuel.

CENTER

Wendell Carter Jr. - Chicago (vs. Oklahoma City)

Carter has been sneaky-good recently while snagging double-digit rebounds in three of his last four outings. That has translated to 33+ FP in two of those games. We’d like to see him consistently above 25 minutes, but that’s part of the reason he’s priced at a discount. If Carter flirts with respectable playing time, he should be able to come through against a shorthanded OKC frontcourt that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to centers and 21st in rebound rate.

ALSO CONSIDER

Zion Williamson (PF - NO) hasn’t topped 35 fantasy points in three games since the All-Star break. That’s a byproduct of bad luck, not a signal of decline. For better or worse, the Pels have been part of three blowouts in those tilts, somewhat curbing Zion’s minutes/rates. This should be a competitive, high-scoring game at Portland, and Zion racked up 54 FP in his last meeting with the Blazers. I wouldn’t be surprised if he came close to that number tonight.

Jaylen Nowell (PG - MIN) and Jarred Vanderbilt (PF - MIN) are a couple of wild cards for Minnesota. You never know what their minutes will look like, but there’s upside if they get hot and Coach Finch decides to roll with them down the stretch. Nowell is helping to fill in for D-Lo and Beasley (both out), shooting the ball very well while leading the second unit. Vanderbilt has the ability to go off with points, rebounds, and blocks - and I believe the Wolves will need him to play more minutes against a tough LAL frontline. He saw 29 minutes vs. LAL last time around, as Minnesota tasked him with guarding LeBron.