NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 4/14

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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

Cory Joseph - Detroit (vs. LA Clippers)

Joseph has been good lately (40+ fantasy points in two of the last three), but that came without Jerami Grant in the lineup. Grant is expected to return tonight, but I believe Joseph will still hold a prominent role for the Pistons. Reaching fantasy upside is nothing new for “CoJo”, who tallied 36+ FP twice with Grant in the lineup a few weeks ago. Making matters better, the Clippers rank 22nd in defensive efficiency to point guards.

SHOOTING GUARD

Tyrese Haliburton - Sacramento (vs. Washington)

Haliburton has cooled off over the past week, and his price has fallen as a result. However, he’s still seeing 30-33 minutes per game, so there are enough opportunities for him to rekindle that fantasy upside. Perhaps that will happen in a high-scoring matchup with Washington, who plays fast while ranking 28th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Needless to say, this is a nice buy-low opportunity for the rookie.

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SMALL FORWARD

Cedi Osman - Cleveland (at Charlotte)

Darius Garland and Collin Sexton are questionable, and Osman will look to fill in if one or both are out. That was the case last game (vs. NO) with Sexton out, as Osman posted 31 FP in 28 minutes. He’s near minimum salary on all DFS sites, so keep Osman in mind if the injury situation breaks in his favor.

POWER FORWARD

Davis Bertans - Washington (at Sacramento)

Bertans is another value filler who has a salary just above the minimum. He’s seeing around 25 minutes per contest nowadays, leading to 27 and 31 fantasy points in two of his last four outings. There’s a chance he’ll get in on the action with this high over/under (240) at Sacramento. All in all, Bertans is a decent value filler to help you reach for upside at other positions.

CENTER

Wendell Carter - Orlando (at Chicago)

People will be falling over themselves to roster Nikola Vucevic against his former team. However, let’s not forget about the other side of the equation with Carter going up against the franchise that traded him away. There’s a chance Carter could see more responsibilities with Mo Bamba questionable, but I believe in him either way. The price isn’t too imposing, and Carter flexed his upside with 39+ FP in the first three games of the month.

ALSO CONSIDER

Moses Brown (C - OKC) is another mid-range center worth a look. Tony Bradley is in the mix for minutes at center, but Brown has been the lead guy with 31+ FP in two of his last three games. He’s still the top option as OKC’s big man, and I like the matchup vs. Golden State.

Bruce Brown (SG - BKN) will look to fill in for Brooklyn with James Harden out and Kyrie Irving questionable. That went smoothly on Tuesday afternoon, as Brown came through with 37 FP despite only seeing 23 minutes in a blowout. He could see more playing time against a Philly team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.

Dejounte Murray (PG - SA) should be on your list for cash games and tournaments. He could slip through the cracks with Russell Westbrook, De’Aaron Fox, Stephen Curry, and Malachi Flynn taking the attention at PG. However, Murray is fully capable of flirting with a triple-double, and the draw against a depleted Toronto backcourt looks good.

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