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 13-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kyle Lowry - PG - Miami (at LA Lakers)
Lowry has been all over the place from a fantasy perspective this season. He’s coming off a bad game against the Nuggets, where he posted only 12 fantasy points in 37 minutes. Most DFS enthusiasts will steer away from him for that reason. However, we need to remember that Lowry posted 41+ fantasy points in two of three games prior to that. He could take on more offensive responsibilities if Bam Adebayo and/or Tyler Herro (both questionable) are out. On top of that, his opponent (LAL) ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards this season.
Gary Trent Jr. - Toronto (at Boston)
Trent is one of those guys who I really like in tournaments. He has scoring upside on any given night while seeing 36+ minutes for the Raptors. He can also rack up three or four steals, which provides a nice boost for three fantasy points apiece on FanDuel. In fact, Trent has recorded five steals in three games this season. One of them came against the same Boston team he’ll see tonight. On top of that, the Celtics rank 27th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards so far this year. Trent posted 40 FP on the Celts last month, and he could flirt with that number again.
Norman Powell - Portland (at Phoenix)
Powell has a similar feel as Trent’s write-up above. Both guys can drop 20-25 points at the drop of a hat while excelling in the blocks/steals department. Powell has combined for three or more blocks/steals in three of his last four games. That has led to 38+ fantasy points in two of those. I believe Powell is underpriced due to a slow start to the season, and he has some nice upside in his back pocket. Facing a Phoenix team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to small forwards doesn’t hurt.
Evan Mobley - Cleveland (vs. Washington)
Mobley could be somewhat popular tonight, but I’m thinking his support will be diluted with 13 games on the board. The matchup against Washington looks great, as the Wizards rank 26th in defensive efficiency to power forwards and seventh in pace. Mobley is fresh off a 49 FP effort against the Knicks, which marks his fourth 40+ FP game in 11 tries this season. He should continue to see as many minutes as he can handle (36+) with Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen out.
Kelly Olynyk - Detroit (at Houston)
It’s difficult to trust Olynyk, as he usually only sees 25 minutes per game. However, there’s reason to believe he’ll be super-efficient tonight against the Rockets. After all, Houston plays fast (6th in possessions/game) while ranking 29th in defensive efficiency to centers. Olynyk has reached 35+ fantasy points in three of his last seven, and this is a nice spot for him to leap over that threshold once again.
Targeting that same game, Cade Cunningham (PG - DET) and Kevin Porter Jr. (SF - HOU) are somewhat intriguing. Both have upside in a strong matchup with less blowout risk in a draw of bad teams. Porter is listed as questionable, so we’ll need to monitor that situation before considering him for our tournament lineups.