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 the Sunday night game is not included in the following analysis.
Case Keenum - Washington (at Dallas)
Dwayne Haskins is out with an ankle injury, so Case Keenum will start at quarterback for Washington. Keenum looked pretty good in relief of Haskins last week, going 16-of-22 for 158 yards and a touchdown while adding a rushing score as well. A friendly matchup against the Giants helped, and now Keenum will face a Cowboys’ defense that ranks middle-of-the-pack against the pass. Game flow should favor the Washington passing attack, while Josh Allen, Mitchell Trubisky, Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff posted solid fantasy performances against Dallas over the past month.
Melvin Gordon III - LA Chargers (at Kansas City)
Gordon’s fantasy production has been up-and-down all season, as he’s depending on positive game flow to find fantasy opportunities. Even though the Chargers are listed as nine-point road underdogs at Kansas City, I still believe Gordon can produce a sneaky-good fantasy performance. Los Angeles should lean on him in the running game, as that’s the way to beat Kansas City. The Chiefs currently rank eighth against the pass and 26th against the run. Put it all together, and Gordon should see 20+ touches in a solid matchup, and his price isn’t too imposing.
Phillip Lindsay - Denver (vs. Oakland)
Linsday was in this column last week, and he came away with a rewarding 19 FP performance. A repeat could be in the works on Sunday, as the Broncos are listed as home favorites against an Oakland team that has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. While Lindsay isn’t a must-play by any stretch of the imagination, he’s a sneaky-good tournament lift who has cash game merit as well.
Steven Sims Jr. - Washington (at Dallas)
Sims is an extension of Keenum at quarterback. He’ll likely see plenty of targets either way, but Sims would step in as Washington’s top receiver if Terry McLaurin (concussion) doesn’t play. Sims came up with a sweet 6-64-2 line against the Giants last week, and he’s seen double-digit targets in two consecutive games. As mentioned earlier, the Cowboys have been vulnerable to the pass lately, so the Keenum-Sims connection could be alive and well on Sunday.
Russell Gage - Atlanta (at Tampa Bay)
Austin Hooper is back, but Calvin Ridley is out and Julio Jones is beat-up. That carves out a substantial role for Russell Gage, who has seen six targets (or more) with at least five receptions in four of his past five games. Sunday makes for a breakout opportunity against a Buccaneers Defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to receivers this season. In conclusion, Gage is at the crossroads of increased opportunity and an excellent matchup. His salary is dirt-cheap too.
O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay (vs. Atlanta)
The Buccaneers are actually throwing the ball Howard’s way lately. Most DFS enthusiasts have forgotten about the uber-talented tight end as he was seemingly phased out of the gameplan early in the season. That has changed, as Howard has seen seven targets in each of the past two games. He shouldn’t be overlooked for tournament purposes.