NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday, Jan. 4

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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 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Derrick White - San Antonio (at Toronto)

White could get lost in the shuffle of tonight’s DFS slate. His salary has climbed recently, so most DFS players will encounter some sticker shock with the San Antonio guard. White has achieved 44+ fantasy points in three of his last five games, and that’s a reasonable expectation with Dejounte Murray sidelined. The matchup against Toronto is middle-of-the-road, but keep White on your tournament shortlist for this five-game slate.

SHOOTING GUARD

Desmond Bane - Memphis (at Cleveland)

Bane is a similar proposition to White. Both have noticed dramatically increased salaries due to recent success. However, I believe it’s more than legitimate. Bane has stepped up with Dillon Brooks out, hitting 45+ fantasy points in two of his last four. Now he’s looking at an interesting matchup against a Cleveland team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency to the shooting guard position.

SMALL FORWARD

Scottie Barnes - Toronto (vs. San Antonio)

Barnes was on a roll before missing three recent games with a knee injury. That includes 43+ fantasy points in three of five contests. Barnes returned to the lineup with an underwhelming 20 FP showing on Sunday. Now that he has his feet under him, I’m expecting Barnes to get closer to that 40+ FP upside while facing a San Antonio team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.

POWER FORWARD

Jalen Smith - Phoenix (at New Orleans)

Phoenix is beat up in the frontcourt with Deandre Ayton, JaVale McGee, Frank Kaminsky, and Jae Crowder out. That means Jalen Smith should play a prominent role akin to his 25 minute and 35 FPPG performances over the last three. Keep an eye on him when looking for value at the center/power forward position.

CENTER

Steven Adams - Memphis (at Cleveland)

Don’t look now, but Adams has held some interesting DFS value as of late. He’s only seeing around 25 minutes per game, but that hasn’t stopped him from notching 35+ fantasy points in three of his last five. I’m assuming Memphis will need his size to counter the big frontline of Cleveland on Tuesday.

ALSO CONSIDER

Herbert Jones (PF - NO) continues to thrive in the New Orleans’ frontcourt. He has notched 41+ fantasy points in two of his last three games, and the playing time seems safe around 32-36 minutes.

Damian Jones (C - SAC) has earned viable playing time in a competitive Sacramento frontcourt. Will that continue? We don’t know, but he’s seemingly the flavor of the week while hitting 31+ FP in two of his last four.