NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 3/24

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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 11-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Darius Garland - Cleveland (at Chicago)

Garland’s fantasy production has been all over the map lately, so he’s more of a risk/reward tournament play. However, his salary has fallen due to some “off” games. That makes him an interesting mid-range lift in a cool bounce-back spot against Chicago - who ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Garland has notched 40+ FP in two of his last four, but he hovered around 22-27 in the other pair. I believe he’ll flirt with the former tonight.

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart - Boston (at Milwaukee)

Smart is simply too cheap relative to his role. He was seeing less than 30 minutes while ramping back up after an extended absence. It appears that Smart is back to a full-time role, averaging 35 minutes and 29 fantasy points over his last three. That’s a realistic baseline for tonight’s matchup at Milwaukee. In other words, I don’t think Smart will hurt your fantasy squad when considering the relaxed salary. He has some upside with his current playing time, as Smart is the type of guy who can fill up the box score.

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SMALL FORWARD

OG Anunoby - Toronto (vs. Denver)

Anunoby rested on Monday, so he should be fresh for tonight’s tilt against the Nuggets. Prior to sitting out, OG was looking good with a 33 minute and 36 fantasy point average over his previous two games. That’s a realistic projection for tonight, and Anunoby is still cheap with a salary on the lower side of mid-range. Keep him in mind through all formats this evening.

POWER FORWARD

Jae’Sean Tate - Houston (vs. Charlotte)

The Rockets are a mess right now, and their rotation could evolve as the day goes on. Kevin Porter Jr. is questionable and Victor Oladipo is on the trade block. No matter what happens, Jae’Sean Tate should continue to enjoy an expanded role. He made the most of that with 43 fantasy points against Toronto on Monday. In fact, Tate has been between trading big games for duds over the past few weeks, hovering between 18-45 fantasy points. I’m thinking we’ll see his good side against a Charlotte team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.

CENTER

Mason Plumlee - Detroit (at Indiana)

Plumlee is an understated mid-range pick with the ability to reach for fantasy upside. He’s a double-double candidate any time he takes the court, and the upside lies in his ability to rack up assists, steals, and blocks. Indiana ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to centers over their last ten games, and Myles Turner is questionable tonight. I believe Plumlee is an interesting tournament candidate either way.

ALSO CONSIDER

Tomas Satoransky (PG - CHI) follows similar rationale to Garland on the other side of the same game. Tomas is averaging 30+ minutes in a starting role over the past five games, topping 30 FP in three of those. He’s still cheap relative to the increased playing time.

Danuel House (SF - HOU) is another cheap pick to keep an eye on. He’s seeing 33-36 minutes for the Rockets, but his usage would increase if Kevin Porter Jr. or Victor Oladipo don’t play in this game. Either way, House should see enough looks to be considered as a decent fantasy option in tournaments.