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 10-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Ja Morant - Memphis (vs. Portland)
Morant has been sensational to start the year, tallying 57+ fantasy points in two of his first three games. There’s a good chance the electric Memphis guard will surpass that threshold again tonight. This should be a tight game against the Blazers, who ranked dead last in defensive efficiency to point guards last season. Making matters even better, the Blazers are playing fast to begin the season, as they rank fifth in possessions per game. Morant’s salary isn’t cheap, and most people will avoid him with less expensive options on the board. That presents a nice leverage opportunity in tournaments.
Fred VanVleet - Toronto (vs. Indiana)
We know VanVleet can go for 50 fantasy points on any given night. That’s especially true with Kyle Lowry out of town and Pascal Siakam sidelined. While he was mediocre in his first three games, VanVleet found some momentum last time out with 46 fantasy points against the Bulls. Now he’s facing an Indiana team that ranks third in pace and 27th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
Miles Bridges - Charlotte (at Orlando)
Some people were worried about Bridges’ fantasy game with the Hornets adding Kelly Oubre Jr to the mix. Fear not. Bridges has been an absolute monster while averaging 45 fantasy points per contest. Terry Rozier is doubtful and PJ Washington is out for Charlotte, so Bridges will be forced into another prominent role. The matchup at Orlando definitely helps the cause.
Scottie Barnes - Toronto (vs. Indiana)
Barnes has been a nice fantasy asset through his first four games. It appears that he’ll see full starter minutes routinely, at least with Pascal Siakam still out. That has led to a nice 28 FPPG average, which translates to robust value on his short salary. Barnes came up short with only 18 fantasy points on Monday, but it’s promising that he saw 39 minutes in that game. That level of playing time should lead to fantasy upside while playing up in pace vs. Indiana tonight.
Ivica Zubac - LA Clippers (vs. Cleveland)
Zubac has quite a bit going for him tonight. He should see stable minutes with Serge Ibaka and Marcus Morris out for the Clippers. Also, the Clips will need Zubac’s size to counter Cleveland’s large front-line of Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, and Kevin Love. A cheap salary to go along with plenty of minutes in a non-imposing matchup makes Zubac an attractive tournament choice tonight.
Eric Bledsoe (PG - LAC) went for 40 fantasy points in his first two games before coming back down to earth against the Blazers. It’s nice to know that he has that level of upside in his back pocket. He could rekindle that against a generous and young Cleveland backcourt.
Nassir Little (SF - POR) is seeing around 30 minutes per game, which puts him on the board as a tournament bargain. Of course, we’ll need to confirm that Norman Powell (questionable) is sidelined before even looking towards Little.
John Collins (PF - ATL) seems underpriced. His game log will be a roller coaster this season, as sometimes he just hangs back and lets Trae Young do all the work on offense. However, Collins has looked good (and aggressive) with 38+ fantasy points in two of three games. Tonight’s matchup looks good against a New Orleans team that is playing without Zion Williamson.