NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday 4/20

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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 five-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Trae Young - Atlanta (vs. Orlando)

There are only five games on this slate but the point guard position is overflowing with DFS legitimacy. De’Aaron Fox, Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, and Cole Anthony each find themselves in spots to thrive. I’m thinking Trae Young will be forgotten in that mix despite his 61 FP outburst vs. Indiana on Sunday. There’s some blowout risk vs. Orlando, but Young has strong upside against this dismantled Magic team (26th vs. PGs) if things stay competitive.

SHOOTING GUARD

Landry Shamet - Brooklyn (at New Orleans)

James Harden and Kevin Durant will be out tonight, so Shamet has a chance to step up. Bruce Brown and Joe Harris are more obvious choices as Brooklyn replacements, but let’s not forget about Shamet - who has seen 36+ minutes in two of his last three games. He posted 36 FP at Miami on Sunday, and Landry has scoring upside capable of replicating that. It helps that he’s facing a New Orleans team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.

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SMALL FORWARD

Anthony Edwards - Minnesota (at Sacramento)

Edwards has hit somewhat of a lull with D’Angelo Russell back in Minnesota’s lineup. He’s still capable of taking over a game, and a 239 over/under at Sacramento could bring out his aggressiveness. The price is starting to fall for Edwards, and this is a nice buy-low opportunity against a bad Sacramento defense that plays fast.

POWER FORWARD

PJ Washington - Charlotte (at New York)

Washington has been in and out of the lineup recently, but he made quite a splash (47 FP) in his return on Sunday. Assuming he’s good to go tonight, PJ makes sense as a tournament diversifier on this five-game slate. The matchup at New York doesn’t look great on paper, but Washington will need to step up with Hayward/Ball out and Graham questionable.

CENTER

Steven Adams - New Orleans (vs. Brooklyn)

People will likely spend on Karl-Anthony Towns or look for a value play like Hassan Whiteside. Don’t forget about a mid-range candidate like Steven Adams, who has chipped in 32 FP in back-to-back games. Adams has a strong fantasy floor with an interesting upside angle facing a Brooklyn team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers.

ALSO CONSIDER

Cody Martin (SG - CHA) is another tournament value filler who could flirt with starter minutes if Devonte Graham doesn’t play. Keep an eye on the injury report.

Carmelo Anthony (SF - POR) is dirt-cheap across most DFS sites. He has a wide range of fantasy outcomes, but this is a high-scoring game against the Clippers - and Melo posted 30+ FP in two of his last three. Keep him in mind.

Taj Gibson (PF - NYK) is another cheapskate special worth adding to your tournament list. Gibson has been surprisingly efficient with 29+ FP in three of his last four. You never know his role on any given night, but it seems like Coach Thibs is rolling with the veteran lately.

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