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 Wednesday’s 11-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Malcolm Brogdon - Indiana (vs. Houston)
Brogdon isn’t a “deep sleeper” by any stretch of the imagination. He definitely has the attention of DFS enthusiasts after hitting 52 and 58 fantasy points respectively in his last two. Having said that, I’m thinking Brogdon will be less popular than deserved on this massive 11-game slate. There are plenty of options at point guard, as De’Aaron Fox, Stephen Curry, and Trae Young are stealing the headlines of that position. Brogdon isn’t nearly as flashy as those guys, but there’s a decent chance he’ll finish with the highest fantasy total of that group - especially with TJ Warren still out.
LaMelo Ball - Charlotte (at Atlanta)
The youngest Ball brother gets plenty of attention, although it’s not always positive. People have been singing his praises (especially the DFS community) while averaging 39 FPPG over his last four. That surge has caused a massive price hike across the DFS industry. Most people will have sticker shock, but I believe you should keep LaMelo in mind (for tournaments) despite the cumbersome salary. He’s still a full tier cheaper than the aforementioned popular PGs while showing off a fantasy-friendly skillset capable of upside on any given night. That especially holds true in tonight’s high-scoring matchup with Atlanta.
Donte DiVincenzo - Milwaukee (vs. Detroit)
A quick glance at DiVincenzo’s game log insinuates he’s a risky fantasy commodity. However, the lower part of his range is a product of blowouts. In his last two semi-competitive outings, DiVincenzo has notched 29+ minutes and 32+ fantasy points. That includes a 29-minute and 32 FP game vs. this same Detroit team on Monday. DiVincenzo was only 2-9 from the field that night, and he still came away with solid value. His upside would certainly grow if he can get his shot to fall.
RJ Barrett - New York (vs. Utah)
Barrett has really impressed me to begin the season, as he looks much more aggressive than his rookie campaign. The Knicks will need him to keep that mentality with playmaker Alec Burks still sidelined. Barrett is seeing a ton of minutes, helping him reach 53 fantasy points in Monday’s contest against the Hawks. Most people will avoid this date with Utah, but the Jazz actually rank 27th in defensive efficiency to small forwards to begin the season. Barrett is still too cheap (especially on FanDuel), and he’ll have plenty of volume/minutes to reach for upside.
Nicolas Batum - LA Clippers (at Golden State)
If Paul George is out tonight, then Nicolas Batum makes sense in cash games and tournaments alike. However, I’m not sure we’ll get confirmation of George’s status before lineups initially lock, and this LAC/GSW matchup is the latest game of the night (10 ET). That makes Batum somewhat risky. He’s still a serviceable play even if George is active, but the superstar’s absence really unlocks profit potential. That was on display last night, as Batum posted 40 FP in 35 minutes against the Spurs.
Clint Capela - Atlanta (vs. Charlotte)
Capela has really looked good lately, and it’s promising to see him log around 30 minutes in three straight games. His salary is still artificially low after only seeing 19 minutes in his first two games of the season - ramping up from that Achilles injury. Capela should be good to go moving forward, and we will look back on this salary ($6,500 on FD, $6,700 on DK, $26 on Yahoo) with fondness in a few weeks. Tonight’s matchup vs. Charlotte is a good one, as the Hornets rank 22nd in defensive efficiency to centers and 24th in rebound rate.