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 three-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Jerome Robinson - PG - Washington (at Houston)
The Wizards are pretty thin at the moment with Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura, Moe Wagner, Davis Bertans, Ish Smith, Deni Avdija, and others sidelined. That led to Jerome Robinson starting on Sunday, and he responded with 31 fantasy points in 35 minutes. I’m assuming Washington will look his way again tonight, especially if Raul Neto (questionable) misses another game. Robinson has come through with showings of 23, 22, and 31 fantasy points in three games with 22, 23, and 35 minutes respectively this season. In other words, he can post serviceable fantasy production while likely flirting with 30+ minutes tonight.
Garrison Mathews - SF - Washington (at Houston)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, the Wizards have a ton of injuries. That has led to Garrison Mathews seeing more playing time off the bench - coming through with 31, 21, and 22 fantasy points over his last three outings. He’s still dirt-cheap across the DFS industry, so definitely keep him in mind when building multiple tournament lineups. Most of Mathews’ fantasy ability comes from draining three-pointers, so there’s some risk involved with this pick. However, he should get plenty of chances in this tilt at Houston.
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Nicolas Batum - SF - LA Clippers (at Atlanta)
The Clippers don’t have as many injuries as the Wizards, but they’ll be without a couple of All-Stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, for at least a couple of games. This has quite the ripple effect through LAC’s lineup, pushing guys like Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, and Serge Ibaka to step up. Don’t forget about Nicolas Batum, as he went off for 40 FP in 35 minutes the last time George was sidelined (Kawhi played) - January 5 vs. San Antonio. Even though the game log doesn’t look very impressive, Batum is in a great spot to contribute tonight.
Ivica Zubac - C - LA Clippers (at Atlanta)
Zubac won’t see a direct boost with George and Leonard out, but there’s a chance he’ll see more shots and rebounds as a result. Ivica has been playing some decent basketball with 29+ fantasy points in two of his last three, and he’ll have an opportunity to build upon that this evening. Most people will be looking towards DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gobert at center tonight, but Zubac makes for an interesting bargain pivot in large-filed tournaments.