NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 4/21

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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 12-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Darius Garland - Cleveland (vs. Chicago)

There are 12 games on tonight’s slate. Basically every team in the NBA is playing. You don’t need to get too creative when going against the grain in tournaments. Darius Garland has been playing great for Cleveland, even with Collin Sexton back in the lineup. He has posted 37+ fantasy points in three straight, and there’s upside in a matchup vs. Chicago - who ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Garland posted 43 FP against the Bulls last week, and a repeat performance isn’t out of the question.

SHOOTING GUARD

D’Angelo Russell - Minnesota (at Sacramento)

Let’s double-check the injury report here, as I have a feeling that Minnesota won’t push their main players on a back-to-back. If D’Angelo Russell is playing, he makes for a sneaky-good value play at shooting guard. The matchup at Sacramento is great, indicated by a hearty 240 over/under. D-Lo was dominant against the Kings yesterday, piling up 39 FP in just 24 minutes. Reports suggest his playing time will rise to 30 or so minutes any game now, which would certainly enhance his DFS upside. Keep an eye on this situation.

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SMALL FORWARD

Bojan Bogdanovic - Utah (at Houston)

Donovan Mitchell is still out for the Jazz, and Bojan Bogdanovic has been picking up the slack. Bojan is seeing full starter minutes, helping him post 30+ fantasy points in five straight. We all know he has some incredible fantasy upside if his shots are falling, and he should see plenty of looks against a bad Houston defense. I like Bojan even in cash games tonight, but he could be an underrated gem in tournaments as well.

POWER FORWARD

Harrison Barnes - Sacramento (vs. Minnesota)

De’Aaron Fox supposedly played through an ankle issue yesterday, so we’ll need to monitor that injury situation. Even if Fox plays, I’m thinking he’ll need help carrying the scoring burden. Harrison Barnes stepped up yesterday for 36 fantasy points, and I could see him staying in that range tonight. He’s seeing a ton of minutes, and this is an up-tempo matchup that should feature very little defense. Barnes is an interesting mid-range choice with some appealing tournament upside.

CENTER

Kevon Looney - Golden State (at Washington)

Golden State is shorthanded up front, and it seems that Kevon Looney is their answer to that problem. Looney has seen 25-33 minutes in his past three games, averaging 21 FPPG over that span. If he sees around 27 minutes against a bad Washington defense, then there’s a good chance he’ll surpass that recent average. Looney is dirt-cheap on all DFS sites, which will help you find some fantasy upside at other positions.

ALSO CONSIDER

Mike Conley (PG - UTA) follows the same rationale as teammate Bogdanovic - mentioned earlier. The entire Utah team will pick up usage with Donovan Mitchell still out, and the matchup at Houston looks good. If this game stays competitive, then Conley could be looking at a legitimate 40+ FP game.

Kenrich Williams (SF - OKC) is hovering around minimum salary, and I like him as a cheap filler if Lu Dort (questionable) misses another game. Dort was out last time around, and Williams stepped up for 26 FP in 35 minutes.

Davis Bertans (PF - WAS) is back in action, and he should see a fairly significant role with Rui Hachimura sidelined. That translated to 28 FP in 28 minutes on Monday, and he could replicate that in a nice home matchup vs. Golden State.