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 seven-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Collin Sexton - Cleveland (vs. Detroit)
Sexton has been sneaky-good lately, hitting 32 fantasy points in back-to-back games. His minutes have stabilized around 32 as well, opening the door to fantasy value against a mediocre Detroit defense. There’s a good chance Sexton won’t be the single piece that pushes you to the top of the leaderboard, but his relaxed salary and strong baseline will enable you to reach for those top picks (Doncic anyone?).
Norman Powell - Toronto (vs. Miami)
Powell has quietly racked up 42 and 38 fantasy points respectively over his last two games. That’s quite the contrast from his 17-22 FP range in four previous outings. It’s hard to determine whether Powell is for real or not, but he carries tournament upside if the answer is yes. Points and steals have spiked his fantasy lines over the past two games, but he’s seeing enough minutes to rack up numbers in all categories. Keep him on your tournament radar when assembling multiple entries.
Jonathan Isaac - Orlando (at Washington)
Most people will avoid Isaac now that Aaron Gordon has returned for the Magic. However, there’s still room for the Orlando small forward to step up with Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu sidelined. Tonight seems like the perfect opportunity for a breakout performance (50+ FP) while facing a fast-paced Washington team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Jerami Grant - Denver (vs. LA Lakers)
Grant is probable tonight while dealing with an illness. He’s heating up while averaging 30 minutes and 24 fantasy points over his last two games. There’s definitely risk with Grant’s low fantasy floor, but his salary hovers around the minimum while playing some confident basketball. He has the ability to produce in every category if the minutes keep coming his way.
Montrezl Harrell - LA Clippers (vs. Portland)
Harrell is often forgotten in DFS with the Clippers having Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Lou Williams at their disposal. However, we’ve witnessed Harrell taking advantage of those guys drawing defensive resources several times this season. Fresh off 47 FP in 26 minutes vs. Washington, Harrell finds himself in a sneaky-good matchup against Portland, who ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers.
Drew Eubanks - C - San Antonio (vs. Houston)
LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out tonight. Eubanks was the primary beneficiary with Aldridge sidelined on Sunday, notching 21 fantasy points in 21 minutes. Even though he’s almost minimum salary, Eubanks can be considered a risk/reward bargain. If he sees another 21-minute workload, he should pay fantasy dividends. However, we aren’t exactly sure how the rotation will play out against Houston, who tends to roll out smaller lineups.
Khem Birch - PF - Orlando (at Washington)
As mentioned earlier, Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu will remain sidelined for the Magic. Khem Birch and Mo Bamba have been holding down the frontcourt in their place, and the needle has moved in favor of Birch lately. The Orlando forward is averaging 29 minutes and 30 fantasy points over his past two games. There’s a good chance he’ll keep that going against a bottom-tier Washington defense. Similar to the write-up of Sexton (above), Birch is a value filler who will help you reach for upside elsewhere.