NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 2/17

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Spencer Limbach
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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.

POINT GUARD

Delon Wright - Detroit (at Chicago)

Wright has noticed a substantial price hike to go along with his expanded role. Despite that, he’s still an excellent candidate to provide an exciting fantasy return. Wright has achieved 44+ fantasy points in two of his last four outings, seeing 34-37 minutes in three of those. He can produce in every statistical category, and the Bulls (3rd in pace, 28th in defensive efficiency to point guards) don’t offer much resistance.

SHOOTING GUARD

Eric Bledsoe - New Orleans (vs. Portland)

The Pelicans have been a part of several blowouts recently, and Bledsoe’s game log is all over the place for that reason. This should be a competitive game vs. Portland, as the Pels are favored by three with a 235.5 over/under - highest of the night. We can expect Bledsoe to see a 30-32 minute role, which bodes well for his fantasy potential. The veteran’s salary has bottomed-out due to those blowouts and other general inconsistencies. Now he’s super-cheap while participating in a nice game environment to turn things around.

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SMALL FORWARD

Justin Holiday - Indiana (at Minnesota)

Holiday is a fine DFS choice as things stand, but he would become an even better option (with more secure minutes) if Doug McDermott - questionable - misses another game. That was the case Monday vs. Chicago, and Holiday came through with 29 fantasy points in 41 minutes. His efficiency could improve, but seeing full starter minutes against a bad Minnesota defense should translate to a serviceable fantasy outing. There’s upside if Holiday can get his deep ball to fall, as shown with a 41 FP outburst vs. New Orleans earlier this month.

POWER FORWARD

Jarred Vanderbilt - Minnesota (vs. Indiana)

Vanderbilt was mentioned in this column yesterday, and we aren’t afraid to go back to him tonight. The 21-year-old has been starting next to Karl-Anthony Towns, averaging 26 minutes and 28 fantasy points over his last two games. I’m expecting him to flirt with 30 minutes again tonight, as the Wolves will need his size against Indiana’s big front line. Vanderbilt is still too cheap relative to his growing role, so he’s definitely worth a look as a tournament value.

CENTER

Mason Plumlee - Detroit (at Chicago)

There are too many good options at center on this 10-game slate. I believe Mason Plumlee will slip through the proverbial cracks even though he probably shouldn’t. The eight-year veteran has posted 41+ fantasy points in three straight games, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down with Blake Griffin sitting out. Tonight’s matchup at Chicago should give Plumlee room to thrive, as the Bulls rank below average in team defensive efficiency and third in pace.

ALSO CONSIDER

Lonzo Ball (PG - NO) is an interesting tournament option for the same reasons listed with his teammate, Eric Bledsoe. Ball has posted two 40+ FP outings this month, and facing Portland (last in d-eff to PGs) makes for the perfect backdrop to get him going.

Anthony Edwards (SG - MIN) season is upon us with D’Angelo Russell ruled out for at least a month. We all know the rookie can get to the rim, but he’s starting to show some touch from outside as well. He’s currently serving as Minnesota’s primary ball-handler in pick-and-roll situations, leading to an abundance of fantasy points on a nightly basis. “Ant” makes for a great buy-low pick through all formats.

Darius Bazley (PF - OKC) is seeing starter minutes for OKC, coming through with 35+ fantasy points in two straight. That resembles a nice baseline with upside for more against a Memphis team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to power forwards.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
New Orleans
+310+9.5O 242.5
Milwaukee
-400-9.5U 242.5