NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 10/22

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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 Friday’s 10-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.

POINT GUARD

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Oklahoma City (at Houston)

I’m interested to see if Gilgeous-Alexander will be popular or not. On one hand, people could avoid him following a 25 FP clunker at Utah on Wednesday. However, we didn’t really expect him to thrive in that tough matchup. SGA should get back on track against an extremely generous Houston defense that let Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell do anything they wanted in the season-opener. I’m betting that SGA gets lost in the shuffle at point guard with so many great options on this 10-game slate.

SHOOTING GUARD

Franz Wagner - Orlando (vs. New York)

Wagner started and saw 32 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday. That’s an interesting development for Orlando, as the rookie held his own with 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Wagner also came through with a couple of steals and a block to produce a quiet 29 FP line. He’s still extremely cheap despite the starting gig with 30+ minutes of action.

SMALL FORWARD

Chris Duarte - Indiana (at Washington)

Duarte was in this article on Wednesday, and he came through with 37 fantasy points in 32 minutes. He scored 27 real-life points, which probably isn’t sustainable. Still, it’s nice to see that he’s soaking up usage (and playing time) with Caris LeVert out. The rookie will continue to hoist up shots while grabbing a handful of rebounds against a fast-paced Washington team that ranked near the bottom in defensive efficiency last season.

POWER FORWARD

Darius Bazley - Oklahoma City (at Houston)

Bazley mirrors the write-up of his teammate, Gilgeous-Alexander. The OKC forward was mediocre against Utah with 25 fantasy points in 30 minutes. However, it’s nice to know that Bazley should be seeing quality playing time in the OKC frontcourt. Logging 30-32 minutes against a laxed Houston frontcourt should yield positive results tonight.

CENTER

Montrezl Harrell - Washington (vs. Indiana)

Harrell had quite the debut with his new time, posting 22 points and nine boards (37 FP) across 26 minutes. He could maintain a heavy usage rate while coming off the bench for Washington. Harrell is still pretty cheap on all sites, and the matchup looks good against an Indiana team that ranked 27th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts last season.

ALSO CONSIDER

Kevin Porter Jr. (PG/SF - HOU) will bounce back in a much better matchup against OKC tonight. Porter had a tough time in a blowout loss at Minnesota on Wednesday, but he still has legitimate 50+ FP in his back pocket. Don’t let one bad game blur your perception of him.

As for mid-to-upper range picks that could go off with lower-than-deserved support, we have guys like Brandon Ingram (SF - NO) and Malcolm Brogdon (PG - IND). Ingram is the man in New Orleans, and he’ll flirt with a triple-double on any given night. Meanwhile, Brogdon is still too cheap on FanDuel, so consider him through all formats over there. He’ll continue to pick up the slack for Indiana with LeVert sidelined.

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