NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 2/10

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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 nine-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Ja Morant - Memphis (vs. Charlotte)

Simply put: Morant’s price is too cheap when considering the fantasy upside. His minutes have been somewhat tame ever since returning from an ankle injury in mid-January. However, it seems like the reigning Rookie of the Year is back to a full-time role after logging 31 and 36 minutes respectively over his last two. We would like to see him shoot the ball better, but at least the attempts are there with 31 FG tries and 12 FTs total in his last pair of games. If we consider the opportunity, increased minutes, and matchup vs. Charlotte (20th vs. PGs) - Morant makes for a nice tournament play on tonight’s expanded slate.

SHOOTING GUARD

Lou Williams - LA Clippers (at Minnesota)

Paul George is doubtful and Patrick Beverley is questionable for tonight’s tilt in Minnesota. With both of them sidelined in the last two games, Lou Williams stepped up with 29 and 40 FP respectively in 22 and 29 minutes. It goes without saying that he has a heightened role in the Clippers’ condensed backcourt, and that should continue to be the case this evening. The matchup looks excellent against a bad Minnesota defense that ranks 28th in team defensive efficiency and 21st vs. shooting guards.

SMALL FORWARD

Josh Hart - New Orleans (at Chicago)

Hart played 40 minutes while snagging 17 rebounds en route to a 52 fantasy point effort against Houston last night. We can’t expect him to see full minutes every night, as somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-27 seems more realistic. However, Hart is still cheap on all DFS sites after hitting 42+ fantasy points in two games this month. There’s a wide range of fantasy outcomes here, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another deep value with legitimate 40+ FP potential. Playing up in pace at Chicago could help his cause tonight.

POWER FORWARD

Chris Boucher - Toronto (at Washington)

You already know the deal with Boucher. He can completely take over a game on both ends of the court, and his upside is enhanced through excellent shot-blocking ability. His playing time has been all over the place this season, but that seems to be trending upward with 26-32 minutes in his past three. It seems that he has swapped roles with center Aron Baynes, which could become a permanent move. Boucher’s salary doesn’t account for this increased role, and his upside increases alongside the extended minutes. He’s a great tournament choice against a Washington team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts and 24th in rebound rate.

CENTER

Ivica Zubac - LA Clippers (at Minnesota)

Let’s pick on that bad Wolves defense one more time. Kawhi Leonard makes for an outstanding DFS play through all formats when considering his boosted rates sans Paul George. However, don’t forget about the other guys in LAC’s lineup - like Lou Williams and Ivica Zubac. Minnesota’s frontcourt has been a mess with Karl-Anthony Towns still out, as they rank dead last in defensive efficiency to centers. Zubac is in a position to take full advantage, and he has flexed some nice upside recently with 45 FP in 27 minutes at Cleveland last week.

ALSO CONSIDER

If you don’t want to roll the dice with Josh Hart, then Mikal Bridges (SF - PHX) is another small forward to consider in tournaments. He carries a fair mid-range salary despite heating up with a 37 FPPG average over his last two. Bridges would be asked to step up if Chris Paul (questionable) misses another game, but I believe he’s a legitimate GPP Pivot either way. His opponent, Milwaukee, ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.

Here’s the obligatory Anthony Edwards (SG - MIN) write-up. There’s really nothing new to say here. Jarrett Culver and Karl-Anthony Towns are still out, and D’Angelo Russell is questionable (per the norm). Edwards should continue to see 30-34 minutes per night, which has translated to 41+ FP in two straight. Most people will shy away from the ascending salary, but Edwards is an aggressive player who loves getting his points - even if it comes with a bad shooting percentage. He could feast in garbage time if the Clippers end up dominating, so I wouldn’t be too concerned with the blowout risk. UPDATE: Towns is now listed as probable, but Russell is still questionable. Edwards still retains value even with KAT in the mix, and that especially holds true if D-Lo is out.