NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday, Dec. 21

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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 main slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Killian Hayes - Detroit (at New York)

At the very least, I don’t believe that Hayes will post a fantasy score that hurts you. He’s cheap while seeing more opportunities with Detroit banged-up. Hayes’ fantasy production has been up-and-down as of late, but he has shown the ability to produce across the stat sheet with 8-4-10 vs. Houston (34 FP) over the weekend. He’s seeing around 30 minutes per contest, which puts him in a good place to come through with a rewarding fantasy score.

SHOOTING GUARD

Nickeil Alexander-Walker - New Orleans (vs. Portland)

Alexander-Walker was a fantastic fantasy asset to begin the season. He has deferred to Brandon Ingram lately, but I still believe there’s merit to selecting “NAW” in daily fantasy. He’s seeing around 25-30 minutes per contest, and tonight’s matchup vs. Portland looks good - given the Blazers rank 20th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Alexander-Walker has been up-and-down lately, but this is a nice buy-low opportunity in a strong draw.

SMALL FORWARD

Talen Horton-Tucker - LA Lakers (vs. Phoenix)

Horton-Tucker has been cleared to return for the Lakers tonight. They’ll need him to play serious minutes with Anthony Davis, Kent Bazemore, Malik Monk, Avery Bradley, Kendrick Nunn, and others sidelined. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Horton-Tucker will serve as the mainstays of this lineup in a primetime matchup with the Suns. That has me looking at “THT” to outperform his DFS salary.

POWER FORWARD

Jaden McDaniels - Minnesota (at Dallas)

Minnesota has fallen victim to COVID protocols over the last week. Anthony Edwards, Taurean Prince, and Josh Okogie will continue to miss time. Patrick Beverley and Jarred Vanderbilt are the latest additions to the COVID list. That means McDaniels will likely start and play somewhere close to full minutes for the Wolves. He’s a guy who can make threes, grab close to 10 boards, and come through with steals/blocks. McDaniels is a strong bargain choice through all formats for the shorthanded Wolves.

CENTER

Mitchell Robinson - New York (vs. Detroit)

It’s tough to get a read on Robinson. He’s supremely talented but doesn’t always see the minutes he probably deserves. Still, Robinson can come through with some outstanding fantasy performances despite the usual 20-25 minute role. Case in point, he racked up 40+ fantasy points in two of his last seven games. The other five can be classified as flops. That’s the risk/reward proposition. However, I believe Robinson has a chance to reach for upside against a banged-up Detroit frontcourt that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers and 28th in rebound rate.

ALSO CONSIDER

Devonte’ Graham (PG - NO) is on a heater with 34 and 45 fantasy points respectively in the last two games. Despite that, he could be underrated due to the point guard position having plenty to choose from on this five-game slate. The matchup looks kind against a Portland team that ranks below average vs. the PG position.

Let’s dive a little bit deeper with Jaylen Nowell (SG - MIN). As mentioned earlier, the Wolves are shorthanded tonight. Nowell has been seeing more playing time while hitting 25+ FP in two straight. Beverley is out tonight, so Nowell could see even more minutes. He’s aggressive on offense with the ability to create his own shot. Keep him on your tournament list.

Robert Covington (PF - POR) has gone for 32 and 38 fantasy points respectively over his last two. He’s one of those guys with a legitimate range of 15-40 FP. Covington is playing with confidence, and I like the matchup at New Orleans - who ranks 22nd in team defensive efficiency this season.