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 Thursday’s two-game main slate starting at 8:00 ET.
Landry Shamet - PG - LA Clippers (at Boston)
Patrick Beverley is still sidelined, meaning Shamet will keep getting opportunities to produce. Most of his fantasy upside comes from scoring, which makes him a volatile DFS option. That especially holds true with high-usage players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (Williams to a lesser extent too) on the same team. Having said that, Shamet should see 30-32 minutes in this competitive tilt at Boston, and he’s someone to keep on the tournament backburner for a modest salary.
J.J. Redick - SG - New Orleans (vs. Oklahoma City)
Redick is a much better option if Brandon Ingram (questionable) doesn’t play. Josh Hart would likely get the start in Ingram’s place, but don’t sleep on the increased minutes of Redick. Ingram has missed the last two games, and J.J. responded with 40 and 24 fantasy points in 27 and 20 minutes respectively. It should be noted that Zion Williamson was also sidelined when Redick went off for 40 FP, but J.J. has some sneaky fantasy appeal tonight - hoping his shot is falling.
Marcus Morris - SF - LA Clippers (at Boston)
Morris’ usage will definitely take a hit while playing alongside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. However, he tallied 35 minutes despite both superstars suiting up on Tuesday at Philadelphia. That type of playing time makes him relevant in all DFS formats tonight, and he could be overlooked in large-field tournaments. The matchup at Boston isn’t great, but Morris could find enough opportunities to post respectable value while seeing a full complement of minutes. Essentially, Morris and Shamet are in the same boat of DFS volatility despite seeing full playing time.
Nicolo Melli - PF - New Orleans (vs. Oklahoma City)
Melli is starting to carve out a nice role for the Pelicans, averaging 24 minutes and 24 fantasy points over his past three outings. He’s another bargain sleeper on tonight’s brief slate, as DFS backers will hope his minutes continue to trend in the 20-25 range. Melli is dirt-cheap on most DFS sites, making for an appealing punt to help reach for the stars (Leonard, George, Paul, etc) of this slate.