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 7:30 ET.
Kyle Lowry - Miami (vs. Dallas)
Tyler Herro is out and Jimmy Butler is questionable for Miami tonight. If Butler doesn’t play, then obviously Lowry will see more work. However, I still like the Heat point guard even if Butler suits up. Lowry’s salary isn’t imposing at all, and he could still see more opportunities with Herro not playing. The Miami floor general has been up-and-down lately, but he did come through with 53 fantasy points at New Orleans last Thursday. It’s tough to bank on a repeat performance, but Lowry could be knocking on the door of 40-45 FP while seeing more volume.
Buddy Hield - Indiana (at Milwaukee)
This is an injury-contingent play. Malcolm Brogdon is questionable for the Pacers. If he plays, then the rotation gets somewhat tighter for the Indiana backcourt. If Brogdon is out, then Hield will need to log around 36-40 minutes. That was his role in the first two games with Indiana, averaging 39 minutes and 34 fantasy points. Hield’s role has certainly increased since the trade, and his salary hasn’t been fully adjusted.
De’Andre Hunter - Atlanta (vs. Cleveland)
This is an injury-contingent play. Hunter has posted some bad fantasy performances over the past few weeks. We are talking around 12-16 fantasy points. However, there’s room for optimism after Hunter logged 37 minutes (27 fantasy points) at Boston on Sunday. There’s a chance he sees that level of playing time if Bogdan Bogdanovic (questionable) is ruled out again. If Bogdanovic is playing, then it will be difficult to rely on Hunter’s minutes.
Brandon Clarke - Memphis (at New Orleans)
Clarke has been extremely efficient for the Grizzlies while averaging 35 fantasy points and 25 minutes over the past three games. His playing time slowly ticked up through that stretch, culminating in a 32 minute and 30 FP showing against the Hornets. Clarke’s hotstreak could continue in a non-imposing matchup against the Pelicans.
Jalen Smith - Indiana (at Milwaukee)
Domantas Sabonis has been traded away while Myles Turner and Isaiah Jackson are out with an injury. That has incentivized Indiana to give Smith a shot. He has rewarded them with 53 fantasy points in 43 minutes over the last two games. There’s a chance he’ll see 25+ minutes in the thin Indiana frontcourt, which could translate to another solid game while playing up in pace at Milwaukee. Keep him on your tournament back-burner.