NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday, Jan. 25

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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 nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Reggie Jackson - LA Clippers (at Washington)

Don’t look now, but Jackson has been heating up for the Clippers. Paul George is still out, and Jackson has picked up the slack in his absence. That has led to a sweet 40 FPPG average over his last four games. Of course, his salary has climbed as well, putting him in the competitive territory at point guard. He may get lost in the DFS shuffle because of that, but you should keep an eye on him in tournaments.

SHOOTING GUARD

Terence Davis - Sacramento (at Boston)

Davis would retain his fantasy value if De’Aaron Fox (questionable) misses this game. Either Fox or Tyrese Haliburton has missed the last three games, and Davis has filled in admirably with a 44 FPPG average over that span. He’ll continue to see opportunities if Fox is sidelined, but I’ll shy away from Davis if Fox ends up playing.

SMALL FORWARD

Deni Avdija - Washington (vs. LA Clippers)

Avdija is nothing more than a bargain filler to help round out your tournament lineups. He’s not a fun DFS pick, and the upside is pretty limited. However, Avdija has come through with a solid 25 FPPG average over his last three. That’s a quality return on his short salary. The fact that Avdija continues to see solid minutes even with Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup makes me feel better about rostering him in DFS.

POWER FORWARD

LaMarcus Aldridge - Brooklyn (vs. LA Lakers)

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are out for the Nets tonight. James Harden is going to soak up heavy usage, but who else will help fill that void? Aldridge is certainly in the running. The veteran has notched 45 and 31 fantasy points in the last week before flopping (6 FP in 17 min) on Sunday at Minnesota. Foul trouble got the best of him in that one, but I believe he can get back to that 30-40 FP level against the Lakers tonight. He’s certainly a tournament option to keep an eye on.

CENTER

Al Horford - Boston (vs. Sacramento)

Horford probably won’t be the most popular center on his own team let alone finding DFS support on this nine-game slate. Still, the veteran big man is cheap while looking at an intriguing matchup. His opponent, Sacramento, ranks fifth in pace, 29th in defensive efficiency to centers, and 24th in rebound rate. If there’s a time for Horford to break out, this would be it.

ALSO CONSIDER

Spencer Dinwiddie (PG - WAS) is an interesting mid-range pick with some upside. He has been all over the map lately, but he has come through with 36 and 44 FP outings recently. A competitive matchup with the Clippers (who rank 27th in d-eff to PGs) could get him going.

Harrison Barnes (PF - SAC) continues to see heavy minutes for the Kings. His price is lower than usual due to a cold streak through most of December. However, Barnes has seemingly bounced back with 33+ fantasy points in three of his last five. He posted 41 FP at Milwaukee last time out.

Ivica Zubac (C - LAC) mirrors the write-up of his teammate, Jackson, earlier in this article. Both players have had to step up on offense with George sidelined. Zubac has flexed his fantasy prowess with 39+ fantasy points in two of the last three games. Now he faces a Washington team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency to centers and rebound rate.