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.
Frank Jackson - Detroit (at Portland)
Jackson is technically questionable, but reports sound optimistic that he’ll play tonight. Of course, you’ll need to double-check his status before locking him into a lineup. Jackson has stepped up for the Pistons lately while averaging 26 minutes over his last six. He has a wide range of fantasy outcomes within that, including a couple of single-digit efforts. However, he has gone for 29 and 39 fantasy points over that span as well. Perhaps he could recapture that upside at Portland tonight? That would represent spectacular value on his near-minimum salary.
Gary Trent - Toronto (vs. Memphis)
Trent is no stranger to this article series. He’s a guy who depends on making long jumpers to bolster his fantasy upside. Naturally, that leads to inconsistent production from a DFS perspective. However, I believe Trent will be underrated tonight because of his questionable status. If he plays, then there’s room for a strong showing in a generous matchup vs. Memphis, who ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
Andrew Wiggins - Golden State (at Phoenix)
This isn’t an excellent matchup for Wiggins, but we should see a competitive game that pushes the starters from both teams. I’m assuming that the Suns will do everything in their power to limit Stephen Curry, which could lead to more volume for Wiggins. The former top overall pick has looked good in that role this season, coming through with 40+ fantasy points in two of his last five games. There’s room for him to thrive in this marquee matchup.
Brandon Clarke - Memphis (at Toronto)
Clarke is another dirt-cheap speculative pick similar to Jackson, who was listed earlier in the article. Clarke has been super-efficient with his playing time lately, hitting 90 fantasy points over 77 minutes in his last four games. The only problem comes from those limited looks, as he’s averaging just 19 minutes per contest. If that bumps closer to 25, then Clarke should be a strong value asset. If not, then he’ll need to continue that level of efficiency to meet value.
Precious Achiuwa - Toronto (vs. Memphis)
Achiuwa is the opposite of Clarke. The Toronto big man has been seeing plenty of minutes (33 and 36 over last two), but that has only translated to 19 and 16 FP respectively. Surely he can step it up against a Memphis team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers? Either way, Achiuwa is an interesting bargain choice for tournaments as well as garnering consideration in cash games if you need a value filler.
Alec Burks (SG - NYK) carries merit if Derrick Rose and/or RJ Barrett (both questionable) are sidelined. We all know Burks can light up the scoreboard if he’s feeling it, and he would see more opportunities to make that happen (35+ minutes) if Barrett and Rose don’t play.
Mikal Bridges (SF - PHX) is another sneaky-good pick from this Warriors vs. Suns matchup. He’s not a guy who will take over a game, but he produces in every category to run up a sneaky-good statline. Case in point, he went for 41 FP at Brooklyn last time out, thanks to seven steals. He could post a nice 15 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist, 2 steal, 2 block showing that translates to 35+ FP on FanDuel.