NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday 4/27

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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 six-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Jrue Holiday - Milwaukee (at Charlotte)

Holiday is a solid DFS play who could fall by the wayside tonight. Luka, Kyrie, Steph, Brogdon, and Rozier should soak up most of the attention at point guard. Don’t forget about Jrue, who holds a 40 FPPG average over his last six games. His opponent, Charlotte, ranks bottom-ten in team defensive efficiency, and Holiday posted 45 FP in his last meeting with the Hornets.

SHOOTING GUARD

Fred VanVleet - Toronto (vs. Brooklyn)

VanVleet underperformed last night, leaving many DFS backers feeling the sting (yours truly included). However, his fantasy upside remains, and the Raptors will probably need him to take more shots in a high-scoring matchup with Brooklyn. The Nets rank pretty well in defensive efficiency vs. shooting guards, but the pace and competitiveness of this game should bring out the best in VanVleet.

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SMALL FORWARD

Dorian Finney-Smith - Dallas (at Golden State)

This recommendation depends on injury situations, especially looking at Kristaps Porzingis’ questionable status. If KP and Josh Richardson (also questionable) are both out, then Finney-Smith will continue to take on a bigger role in the Dallas frontcourt. That has translated to 31+ fantasy points in back-to-back games, representing a nice return on his DFS investment.

POWER FORWARD

Jae’Sean Tate - Houston (vs. Minnesota)

Tate’s fantasy production has been all over the place lately, but I’m thinking we’ll see his good side while facing a bad Minnesota defense playing on a back-to-back. Most people will gravitate towards Kevin Porter Jr. and Kelly Olynyk from the Rockets, but don’t forget about Tate. There’s a chance he’ll see more offensive opportunities and ball-handling responsibilities with John Wall shut down.

CENTER

Jusuf Nurkic - Portland (at Indiana)

Okay, so Nurkic isn’t a sneaky pick by any stretch of the imagination. Still, I believe most DFS enthusiasts will look at Kelly Olynyk, Karl-Anthony Towns, or a cheaper center tonight. Jusuf Nurkic has finally rounded back into form with 53+ fantasy points in back-to-back games. Now he’s facing a beat-up Indiana frontcourt without Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and (maybe) Goga Bitadze. In other words, this could be another feast for Nurkic, who is picking up the offensive slack with Damian Lillard going through somewhat of a slump.

ALSO CONSIDER

TJ McConnell (PG - IND) and Oshae Brissett (SF - IND) are potential fill-in candidates for the Pacers. As mentioned earlier, Sabonis and Turner are out while Bitadze is questionable. McConnell could take on more work as a sneaky-good point guard, while Brissett has answered the call with a 32 FPPG average (32 MPG) over his last four.

Jaden McDaniels (PF - MIN) hasn’t flexed much upside recently, but he’s still dirt-cheap across the DFS landscape. It’s good to see that he’s receiving 32+ minutes per game, which could translate to serviceable fantasy production against a bad Houston defense. He’s a tournament filler if you need extra savings.