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NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday, Feb. 16

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: February 16, 2022, 2:57 pm ET

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 Wednesday’s 11-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Coby White - Chicago (vs. Sacramento) 

White has been picking up the slack for Chicago with Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine sidelined. That should continue to be the case in a great matchup with Sacramento, which ranks 29th in team defensive efficiency. White is averaging a steady 36 FPPG over his last three in that role. His salary has ascended because of the uptick, but this is an excellent draw for him to take it to another level. 

SHOOTING GUARD

D’Angelo Russell - Minnesota (vs. Toronto) 

Anthony Edwards is questionable tonight, and Russell could see a boost if the electric second-year player is ruled out. D-Lo would have the ball in his hands more often if Edwards is out, which puts him in scoring/assist position as the primary pick-and-roll initiator. The matchup vs. Toronto doesn’t look great on paper, but don’t overlook Russell’s ability to stuff the stat sheet with more opportunities in front of him. 

SMALL FORWARD

Josh Hart - Portland (at Memphis)

Hart is on a new team, but he still holds favorable DFS upside. In fact, you could argue that his fantasy outlook is even better in Portland. Scoring 49 fantasy points at Milwaukee on Monday definitely helps that sentiment. The matchup at Memphis doesn’t jump off the screen, but Portland needs Hart to score and rebound, especially with Damian Lillard sidelined. The salary is too low relative to his upside, making Hart a tournament prospect. 

POWER FORWARD

Brandon Clarke - Memphis (vs. Portland) 

I really wish Clarke was seeing more minutes, which would make him a no-brainer DFS option. As things stand, he’ll stay in a 20-25 minute role, which requires efficiency to bring forth fantasy value. Clarke hasn’t had any problems in that area while racking up a cool 35 FPPG mark over his past four games. There’s a chance Clarke keeps the momentum against a Portland frontcourt that ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency. 

CENTER

Jakob Poeltl - San Antonio (at Oklahoma City) 

Poeltl’s salary has climbed recently, and most DFS users will have sticker shock because of that. However, Poeltl deserves consideration in tournaments despite the marked-up price. He’s stepping into a fantastic matchup at Oklahoma City, a team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers and 25th in rebound rate. The Thunder were absolutely destroyed by Mitchell Robinson earlier this week, and Poeltl could have similar output. 

ALSO CONSIDER

Josh Giddey (SG - OKC) isn’t a sneaky pick, but the triple-double machine cannot be ignored in tournaments. Lu Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are still out, so Giddey will continue to be called upon for extreme production.

OG Anunoby (SF - TOR) has looked shaky lately, but this is a nice breakout spot while playing up in pace against a Minnesota team that played a tough overtime game last night. He could be asked to step up even more if Fred VanVleet does not play. 

Al Horford (C - BOS) is been extremely mediocre over his last three games, but there’s a chance he’ll find his upside with Robert Williams out tonight. Facing a non-imposing Detroit frontcourt doesn’t hurt.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.