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 nine-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
RJ Hampton - Orlando (vs. Boston)
Hampton has been on a nice little run for the depleted Magic. Over his last two games, he is averaging 33 minutes and 45 fantasy points. It’s somewhat strange Orlando’s bench players are sometimes seeing more minutes than the starters (even in competitive games), but I suppose that’s part of tanking late in the season. I believe Hampton will see around 30 minutes regardless if this is a blowout or not, and there’s a chance he’ll continue to produce for DFS purposes.
Isaac Okoro - Cleveland (vs. Portland)
This recommendation depends on the status of Darius Garland, who is listed as questionable. If Garland misses his third-straight game, then Okoro is a candidate to pick up the slack. That was the case last time around, as Okoro came through with 47 FP in 47 minutes vs. Phoenix (OT). It helps that he’s facing a Portland team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts.
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Rui Hachimura - Washington (at Milwaukee)
Hachimura is back in the lineup and seeing around 30 minutes per game. The results have been a mixed bag over the last week, but Rui flexed upside of 39 FP last time out. There’s a chance he’ll finish in that range once again considering a nice matchup at Milwaukee - as this is the highest over/under (243) of the night. Keep Hachimura in mind as a mid-range sleeper with upside.
Moritz Wagner - Orlando (vs. Boston)
Wagner was dreadfully inefficient at Detroit on Wednesday, but it’s promising to see that he played 41 minutes (18 FP). He has a decent offensive skillset, so I’m expecting Wagner to be much better moving forward. He’ll have a chance to keep logging healthy minutes with Chuma Okeke sidelined, so this is a decent spot to look for a bounce-back effort.
Robert Williams - Boston (at Orlando)
Williams is a good DFS bargain that becomes a great one if Tristan Thompson (questionable) is out. Williams has been working his way back from injury, and he’s now seeing around 25 minutes per contest. Remember, this guy was putting up 45+ FP on 25-27 minutes routinely in late March, so he has GPP-winning upside in him.
Ricky Rubio (PG - MIN) is coming off back-to-back 42+ FP efforts. His role seems to change on a game-by-game basis, creating risk for DFS purposes. However, when the Wolves are putting the pedal down, Rubio is capable of nice fantasy lines padded by peripheral stats. There’s a chance we’ll see that side of him in a competitive tilt with Memphis.
Marcus Smart (SG - BOS) is an interesting mid-range play through all formats. He has been somewhat mediocre lately, but there’s a chance he’ll step up with Jaylen Brown missing tonight’s contest. The matchup at Orlando creates a path for him to thrive.
Cedi Osman (SF - CLE) echoes the sentiment put forth in his teammate’s write-up (Okoro) earlier. Osman has seen full starter minutes in the last two games with Garland out, so he would be a nice play through all formats if that continues to be the case.