Welcome to the NFL GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular lifts. 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 week, and sometimes injury situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NFL News & Headlines Feed up until game time will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at the Sunday main slate, meaning Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games are not included in the following analysis.
Sam Darnold - NY Jets (vs. Miami)
Darnold was pretty miserable at Cincinnati last week, tallying only 10 fantasy points despite throwing the ball 48 times. However, the good news lies in a bounce-back situation against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. If you recall, Darnold notched 22+ fantasy points in three straight prior to the dud in Cincinnati, and I’m expecting him to rekindle that upside this week. The Dolphins have allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, as Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Carson Wentz torched them in recent weeks. Darnold should be added to that list on Sunday.
Benny Snell Jr. - Pittsburgh (at Arizona)
Snell is borderline cash playable if you are looking for a FLEX value filler. James Conner is doubtful, and Snell has shuffled into lead RB duties for the Steelers. He translated 37 touches into 161 yards and a touchdown over the past two weeks in that role. His opponent, Arizona, is much more vulnerable through the air, but I’m expecting the Steelers to establish the run with Devlin Hodges starting at quarterback. The Cardinals have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to running backs this season, and Snell should be productive on the ground.
Kareem Hunt - Cleveland (vs. Cincinnati)
Hunt seems to be more active in Cleveland’s gameplan as the weeks pass by, seeing 12 total touches (compared to 18 for Nick Chubb) at Pittsburgh last Sunday. Hunt has scored a touchdown via rushing and receiving in his last two games, plus he’s averaging 6.25 targets per contest. His opponent, Cincinnati, has been playing better defensively in recent weeks, but the Bengals have still allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs. There’s a good chance Chubb and Hunt could both post strong fantasy performances on Sunday, but Hunt seems like the better “per dollar” value.
Zach Pascal - Indianapolis (at Tampa Bay)
The Buccaneers have looked better defensively over the past few games, but they are still burnable in the secondary. Tampa has allowed the most fantasy points to receivers this season, and it’s not really close. T.Y. Hilton is highly questionable for Indianapolis, while TE Eric Ebron is done for the season. Zach Pascal is fresh off a 7-109 line with 10 targets last Sunday, and he could serve as the Colts’ WR1 if Hilton can’t go. There’s a wide range of outcomes in this lackluster passing attack, but Pascal should see enough volume to make him a worthy GPP pivot.
Robby Anderson - NY Jets (vs. Miami)
Jamison Crowder is the obvious cash play from the Jets’ receiving corps, as he’s been the most reliable target for QB Sam Darnold this season. However, Anderson is the big-play threat who could really make a splash in tournaments. Most people will shy away from his inconsistency in DFS, but I’m willing to attack it considering the opportune matchup vs. Miami (third-most fantasy points allowed to wide receivers).
Mike Gesicki - Miami (at NY Jets)
There’s plenty to like within this Dolphins-Jets matchup while the ownership could remain low due to a pair of subpar teams with players lacking name recognition. Gesicki falls into that rationale despite stepping up with 14 targets, eight receptions, 107 yards, and two total touchdowns over the past two games. Miami will continue to throw the ball in this potential shootout, and Gesicki should be looking at another solid day.
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