The purpose of this article is to uncover low-ownership, high-upside FanDuel NBA Pivots away from the popular selections of the day. In other words, I’m playing devil’s advocate while going against the grain. Hopefully this column will reveal some hidden gems to accompany the popular, well-aligned picks in your FanDuel lineups.
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We are focusing on the main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Ricky Rubio – PG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
The emergence of rookie Donovan Mitchell has limited Rubio’s fantasy viability this season. However, the Utah point guard seems to be trending upward as of late. He’s averaging 31 minutes and 30 FPPG over his past three, posting vintage statsheet-stuffing performances. Rubio’s salary remains firmly in bargain territory despite that recent uptick. Tonight’s matchup looks great against an Atlanta team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards. Making matters even better, Rubio’s role becomes more solidified with Rodney Hood missing his second straight game for the Jazz.
Justin Holiday – SG – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
There’s plenty to like with Justin Holiday tonight, earning a tournament look within this strong shooting guard position. Kris Dunn has been ruled out, creating a substantial usage void in Chicago’s backcourt. Zach LaVine is back in the mix, but his minutes will likely remain under 20. That leaves more work for Justin Holiday, who has notched some strong performances in the past week (38 FP vs MIA, 29 FP @ATL). His opponent, New Orleans, funnels production to the backcourt, ranking dead last in defensive efficiency vs shooting guards.
Joe Ingles – SF – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
I’m having a difficult time estimating Ingles’ ownership rate this evening. Saturday’s 38 fantasy point breakout will surely get some attention, but cheaper plays like Wesley Johnson and Nemanja Bjelica (filling in for Jimmy Butler) could pull ownership in a different direction. However, I’m keeping Ingles firmly in consideration through all formats, as the matchup at Atlanta (dead last vs small forwards) provides an environment for him to thrive. Rodney Hood’s absence gives an added boost as well.
James Johnson – PF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson will be sidelined for Miami tonight. Translation: there will be a substantial usage void for the Heat. Johnson is a proven candidate to step up, displayed by his 22 point, 6 rebound, and 7 assist (37 FP) performance with Dragic out on Saturday. The matchup doesn’t look great at Houston, but Johnson arguably carries more upside than similarly priced players like Henson, Gibson, Saric, or Favors.
Alex Len – C – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
You probably don’t need me to describe the risk level of this pick. However, the matchup potential offsets some of the uncertainty. Milwaukee ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing centers and 29th in rebound rate on the season. Len usually only sees 20-25 minutes (if he’s lucky) per game, but he should post excellent efficiency in such a welcoming matchup. There’s an outside chance Len will see more minutes too, as Phoenix has hinted towards making a lineup change (maybe Len will start?). Stay posted to any updates on that front, but Len makes for a risk/reward option with matchup potential either way.