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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 three-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.
It pays to be different in these shortened playoff slates. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll optimize every point-per-dollar selection throughout a lineup. Sometimes you’ll need to sacrifice a cheap punt play (even if they only get you 15 FP) in order to reach for GPP-winning upside elsewhere. Don’t worry so much about the outright projections when mixing and matching these tournament lineups.
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Rajon Rondo - PG - LA Clippers
We all know about “playoff Rondo”, and now it’s time to see him in action. The veteran PG was serviceable in Game 1, coming through with 27 fantasy points in 23 minutes. That’s an acceptable role for him considering the non-imposing DFS salary. I truly believe that Rondo has upside in minutes and subsequent fantasy points throughout the playoffs. He can take over a game, and Coach Tyronn Lue isn’t afraid to ride the hot hand if that takes place.
Joe Harris - SF - Brooklyn
Harris only posted 13 fantasy points in Game 1. However, he played 37 minutes. We know that Brooklyn’s big three will eat up most of the stats, but Harris couldn’t pick up any scraps last time around. It’s hard to believe that he only scored 10 points on 4-11 shooting with three rebounds and a turnover on Saturday. Harris should be able to find somewhere in the neighborhood of five boards with a couple of assists and 12-15 points in 37 minutes. That would put him closer to the 25-28 FP range, calling for nice value on this abbreviated slate.
Jabari Parker - PF - Boston
Don’t forget about Parker, who saw 21 minutes (17 FP) in Saturday’s loss to Brooklyn. Those aren’t great numbers, but Jabari is hovering around minimum salary on most DFS sites. Those minutes aren’t necessarily a lock, but I’m willing to roll the dice in tournaments when accounting for the extremely cheap salary.
Tristan Thompson (C - BOS) isn’t necessarily a sleeper, but he’s someone to definitely keep in mind for tournaments. Most people will roll with teammate Robert Williams at center, but Thompson is cheaper with some pretty good DFS prospects of his own. He has produced 27+ FP in two straight playoff games, and Brooklyn ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to opposing centers.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SF - LAL) mirrors the write-up of Joe Harris. Both guys will let the superstars do their thing, but each of them will see enough minutes to plausibly return DFS value. Caldwell-Pope only had 15 fantasy points in 34 minutes on Sunday (2-9 FG), but a better shooting night from three along with a couple more rebounds (and maybe a steal) would be enough to flip the script on his fantasy viability.