Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. 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 popular picks 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.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Alex Caruso – LA Lakers (at Detroit)
Brandon Ingram is out for the season, and Caruso has been the primary beneficiary as of late. He has seen 26 or more minutes in three of his past four games, achieving 26+ fantasy points twice within that. The Lakers rotation isn’t exactly cut and dry at the moment, so there’s a little bit of risk here. However, Caruso has been playing well recently, and there’s a good chance he’ll continue to see viable playing time. It doesn’t hurt that he’s near-minimum salary either, gaining traction as a value filler on FanDuel – where you can drop the lowest score.
Damyean Dotson – New York (at San Antonio)
I mentioned in the previous write-up how we aren’t sure about the Lakers’ rotation at this point in the season. Multiply that confusion several times over when looking at the tanking Knicks. A player could get 38 minutes one game then see 16 minutes the next without any explanation or hint that it’s going to happen. Understand the risk within that. On the other hand, Dotson has been one of the guys NYK has turned to as they tank through this final stretch of the season. He has seen 33+ minutes in each of his past four games, including 40 and 36 minutes respectively over the past two. Dotson has found upside within that, hitting 30+ fantasy points three times with a sweet 45 FP performance at Minnesota last Sunday. New York point guard Dennis Smith Jr is out tonight, which tightens the Knicks’ backcourt rotation (hopefully). That should keep Dotson with heavy minutes against a San Antonio team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
Rudy Gay – San Antonio (vs New York)
Per usual, there’s a logjam of solid plays with a mid-range salary at small forward. Gay has an injury tag next to his name even though he is officially listed as probable. Hopefully that scares some people away, creating a low ownership opportunity in tournaments. Gay will look to take advantage of a favorable matchup against the lowly Knicks, who rank 24th in defensive efficiency to opposing small forwards. I wouldn’t necessarily be concerned if Rudy came off the bench either, as he has proven himself capable in that role. Prior to a recent illness, Gay was averaging a strong 35 FPPG over his last three. I’m expecting him to pick up where he left off in this game.
Lauri Markkanen – Chicago (at LA Clippers)
There’s no question that Markkanen is in a slump. Tuesday’s performance against the Lakers may serve as rock-bottom, as he was only able to muster 15 fantasy points through 34 minutes. Most DFS enthusiasts will wait for signs of life before taking him in fantasy ever again. However, let’s not ignore the bounce-back matchup at hand against a fast-paced Clippers team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing power forwards. The playing time and opportunities are still there for Markkanen, and he has legitimate 40-50+ FP upside when things are going his way.
Ivica Zubac – LA Clippers (vs Chicago)
It appears that the Clippers are finally carving out a stable role of 23-26 minutes for Zubac. He has responded with 28+ fantasy points in four of his past six, a trend that should easily continue tonight. The matchup looks great against a Chicago team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to opposing centers. There’s a chance Zubac could see more playing time if the Clippers need his size to put a body on Robin Lopez. That’s not a statement I thought I would type in 2019, but here we are. Zubac makes for a sneaky-good pick either way, and the ownership should be extremely low.
Frank Jackson – PG - New Orleans (vs Portland)
There’s no shortage of bargain point guards to choose from, which should dilute the ownership rate for Jackson. He’ll continue to see a full workload with Jrue Holiday out, which is good news in the highest-scoring game of the night (235 over/under). Jackson admittedly has a risk/reward profile that depends on putting the ball in the basket with limited peripheral numbers. However, he could find a solid return with a full helping of minutes tonight.
Jeremy Lamb – SG - Charlotte (at Washington)
The Hornets are dealing with some injuries at the moment, which could push a few more minutes towards Lamb. We aren’t necessarily banking on that tonight, but it wouldn’t hurt his fantasy profile either. Lamb is the type of player who can fill up the stat sheet in a hurry, especially while holding inflated rates playing alongside the second unit. We could see some upside while facing a Washington club that ranks 28th in overall defensive efficiency and 26th to opposing bench players.