NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday 5/19

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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 two-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.


There are only two games on this play-in tournament slate, meaning we have fewer opportunities to go against the grain. Anthony Davis is technically questionable, although we can be reasonably confident that he’ll play with a full workload given the circumstances. Other than that, keep in mind that Kelly Oubre Jr. will continue to miss time for the Warriors.


Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio

Most people will fixate on Andre Drummond and/or Jonas Valanciunas at center tonight. I’m not disagreeing with that rationale, but we need to keep Jakob Poeltl in mind as a serious DFS option on this two-game slate. Poeltl is significantly cheaper than Drummond/Valanciunas while holding legitimate upside of 38-45 FP in three of his last six. Whether you are choosing Poeltl over the two chalk big man or looking towards him as a mid-range utility play, I believe the Spurs’ center deserves your attention in DFS tonight.

Juan Toscano-Anderson - PF - Golden State

As mentioned earlier, Kelly Oubre Jr. will continue to miss time. That has been the case for over two weeks, while Juan Toscano-Anderson and Kent Bazemore have stepped up in his absence. Both of them make for interesting tournament options on this abbreviated slate. I really like Toscano-Anderson’s ability to produce in every statistical category, giving him more upside in a 30-minute role. JTA has hit 31+ FP in three of his last five outings, and there’s a good chance he could surpass that threshold against the Lakers.

Rudy Gay - SF - San Antonio

Gay hasn’t been seeing that much playing time for the Spurs, usually hovering around 19-22 minutes. He has been a valuable DFS asset despite that, hitting 28+ fantasy points in four of his last six. I’m not sure if we can bank on that level of efficiency tonight, but at least there’s a path for the Spurs’ veteran to produce. On top of that, maybe there’s a chance that Gay will see more minutes in this elimination game. Either way, I believe he’s a plausible tournament option.


We know that Stephen Curry and Ja Morant will be the most popular point guards of this slate. Dejounte Murray (PG - SA) deserves to be in that conversation, creating an easy way to pivot outside of conventional wisdom. In fact, fading Curry for Murray then using the leftover cap space on Anthony Davis is a tournament stance I really like.

If you want to reach deeper into the bargain bin at center, then Kevon Looney (C - GS) is the guy. He’s not an efficient DFS producer, but seeing 25-30 minutes should give him enough time to put together solid value. As long as he stays out of foul trouble, then the Warriors will need his presence against the Lakers’ big front line.

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