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 Tuesday’s two-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Jrue Holiday - PG - Milwaukee (vs. Brooklyn)
Holiday will be underrated through all formats tonight. That is a fact. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden will soak up most of the roster spots at point guard. Jordan Poole will be a popular value pick too. A better-than-average night from Holiday would give us leverage on the rest of the field in tournaments. Of course, that’s assuming the aforementioned PG trio falls within their median projections. We saw Holiday take over playoff games with 60+ FP last summer, so GPP-winning upside is not out of the question.
Kendrick Nunn - SG - LA Lakers (vs. Golden State)
This is a much deeper sleeper with more risk. First off, Nunn is questionable for this game while dealing with an ankle injury. We’ll need to confirm his status before doing anything. If Nunn is playing, he’s an interesting value pick, and most people will avoid him due to that injury situation. Still, there’s a chance Nunn plays 25-28 minutes tonight. Talen Horton-Tucker and Wayne Ellington are out, so Nunn should hold down one of the wing spots if he’s active.
LeBron James - SF - LA Lakers (vs. Golden State)
We have a ton of superstars on this two-game slate. Of that group, I believe LeBron James will have the smallest contingency in tournaments. Most people will be rolling with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, James Harden, or Kevin Durant when spending up. Even Anthony Davis and Khris Middleton could have more popularity. DFS enthusiasts will take a wait-and-see approach with LeBron due to the addition of Westbrook. Will Russ cut into LeBron’s usage? Probably. However, we don’t know how much. There’s a chance James will become more efficient with Russ in the lineup. There’s plenty of uncertainty here, and going against the grain by looking towards James makes sense if you are trying to get leverage in large-field tournaments.
Paul Millsap - PF - Brooklyn (at Milwaukee)
It’s the first game of the year, and we don’t know how the rotations will play out. One to keep an eye on is the Brooklyn frontcourt. LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, and Paul Millsap are the leading candidates to get minutes, but their playing time will likely be shaky all season. Millsap is a veteran who can fill up the stat-sheet in a hurry. There’s always a chance he’ll get the hot hand and come through. Is this a risky tournament play? Yes. However, we are embracing this risk while trying to differentiate in large GPPs.