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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 Wednesday's 10-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Theo Maledon - Oklahoma City (vs. Houston)
George Hill will continue to miss time for Oklahoma City, and star player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been ruled out as well. That opens up Hamidou Diallo (SG - OKC) as a popular DFS bargain through all formats on this 10-game slate. However, don’t forget about Theo Maledon in the OKC backcourt, as he will need to step up too. Maledon has been up-and-down in a starting role, which is something you’d expect from a 19-year-old rookie. He should see 30+ minutes, and Maledon has showcased some scoring prowess with a nice 24-3-3 line (34 FP) vs. Brooklyn last week. Don’t sleep on him in tournaments.
Josh Richardson - Dallas (at Atlanta)
Despite seeing starter minutes, Richardson has been pretty “blah” from a DFS perspective this season. He also missed nine games in January due to COVID-19 protocols. Richardson is back to his 35-minute role, which translated to a breakout 40 FP outing vs. Phoenix on Monday. Was that a fluke or a sign of things to come? Keep in mind that his fantasy floor is low, as Richardson averaged 20 FPPG in his last four games when seeing 34+ minutes. However, I believe the risk is low when considering a bargain salary that has seemingly bottomed-out. If Richardson’s confidence spills into this competitive matchup with Atlanta (21st vs. SGs), then we could be looking at some nice profit potential.
Jae’Sean Tate - Houston (at Oklahoma City)
John Wall is out tonight, which will have a ripple effect through Houston’s rotation. Victor Oladipo, Chrisitan Wood, and DeMarcus Cousins will look to pick up more usage. Eric Gordon will step into a larger role, and Jae-Sean Tate should see more minutes on the wing. Tate has already carved out a solid 25-minute role, and that seems stabilized with Wall/Nwaba out. He’s averaging 30 FPPG over his last two, and you have to like the matchup at Oklahoma City - who ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Lauri Markkanen - Chicago (vs. New York)
There’s no shortage of strong power forwards in great matchups tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, and Jarrett Allen (if Drummond out) will demand plenty of attention from DFS enthusiasts. Lauri Markkanen could be overlooked as an optimistic mid-range play. Wendell Carter will continue to miss time for the Bulls, so Markkanen will keep picking up the slack in Chicago’s frontcourt. Thaddeus Young has been the primary beneficiary of that injury, but don’t sleep on Markkanen’s 38+ FP in two straight. That includes 38 FP against this same New York team on Monday.
Jakob Poeltl - San Antonio (vs. Minnesota)
LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out for San Antonio, so Poeltl will be asked to step up. A similar situation played out in early January, and Poeltl returned a mixed-bag for DFS shareholders. However, I believe we can speculate some upside this time around. Poeltl could see a significant role around 25 minutes, which should be enough to return nice value against a Minnesota team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to centers. A few weeks ago, Poeltl rolled against Houston with 41 FP in 29 minutes. He could find that level in this confident draw.
Devonte Graham (SG - CHA) and Malik Monk (SG - CHA) should be added to your watchlist through all formats tonight. Both of them would see a boost if Terry Rozier (questionable) misses his second-straight game. Monk came through with a magical 43 FP in 39 minutes on Monday, and Graham went for 35 FP in 41 min.
Keldon Johnson (SF - SA) could benefit from LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence as well. The matchup already looks great on paper, and there’s a chance San Antonio features more small-ball lineups with LMA sidelined. That could translate to more shots, rebounds, and overall usage for a guy like Johnson.
Boston’s frontcourt has plenty of options at the moment, but it seems like Daniel Theis (PF - BOS) will see around 28 minutes in competitive games, as long as he stays out of foul trouble. Theis is underpriced due to a few bad games where foul trouble and general inconsistencies kicked in. However, I’m expecting to see his good side against a Sacramento team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to opposing frontcourts. Outside of foul trouble at San Antonio, Theis has produced 28, 28, and 44 FP in three of four games with Jayson Tatum back in the lineup. He could continue to produce tonight.