NFL GPP Pivots: Week 10

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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 Sunday’s main slate, so Sunday and Monday Night Football are not included in the following analysis.

QUARTERBACK

Matt Ryan - Atlanta (at Dallas) - DK: $6,000 FD: $7,300 Yahoo: $25

This matchup sets up great for Ryan. For starters, he’ll be playing in a dome against Dallas, who has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to QBs this season. Game flow should have the Falcons throwing the ball early and often as well. The Cowboys’ elite pass rusher, Randy Gregory, will not play in this game. Ryan has reached 29 fantasy points in two of the last five games, and he’s capable of registering that level of upside on Sunday. Of course, the Atlanta QB has displayed a low fantasy floor this season as well, but all signs point to seeing his good side in Week 10.

Also Consider: Taylor Heinicke

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RUNNING BACK

J.D. McKissic - Washington (vs. Tampa Bay) - DK: $5,200 FD: $5,400 Yahoo: $15

Washington checks in as 10 point home underdogs against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have one of the best run defenses in the league, so you better believe Washington will take to the air in an effort to move the chains. That gives their receiving back, McKissic, a better chance at fantasy upside. McKissic has snagged eight receptions in two of his last three games, and he should see that level of volume on Sunday. There’s some buzz surrounding McKissic in the DFS community, but he probably won’t be as popular as the injury-replacement value plays at RB.

Ty Johnson - NY Jets (vs. Buffalo) - DK: $4,500 FD: $5,300 Yahoo: $10

Johnson latches on to the rationale provided in McKissic’s write-up. The Jets step in as 13 point underdogs against Buffalo on Sunday. New York already loves to throw the ball to their running backs, and game flow should force them into that spot even more. Over his last three games, Johnson is averaging five targets, four catches, 59 yards, and nearly a touchdown. That’s alongside a handful of carries as well. Look to the NYJ back as a deep sleeper or flex play this weekend.

Also Consider: Javonte Williams, Dalvin Cook

WIDE RECEIVER

Justin Jefferson - Minnesota (at LA Chargers) - DK: $6,100 FD: $6,800 Yahoo: $18

Will the Vikings actually push the ball to Jefferson? They said that was the plan after receiving a ton of criticism the last few weeks. Jefferson is too good of a receiver to only target him a handful of times per game. Everyone knows that. Apparently, the Vikings have a plan to address it. This could be a high-scoring contest against the Chargers, and Jefferson steps up as an elite WR1 if we are operating under the assumption that Minnesota will force-feed him the ball.

Russell Gage - Atlanta (at Denver) - DK: $6,000 FD: $7,700 Yahoo: $23

Calvin Ridley is on injured reserve. That leaves a huge void for Gage to fill in the Atlanta receiving corps. He came through with seven catches for 64 yards last week against the Saints, and Gage’s eight targets without Ridley looked promising. He could translate that level of volume into even more success against a Dallas team that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to receivers this season.

Also Consider: Terry McLaurin, Adam Thielen, Tyler Lockett

TIGHT END

Noah Fant - Denver (vs. Philadelphia) - DK: $4,300 FD: $5,700 Yahoo: $16

You could stack Ryan, Gage, and Kyle Pitts in the same lineup for tournaments. While the latter will be popular, the stack itself sets you apart from the crowd. Other popular tight ends for Sunday’s slate: Pat Freiermuth and Dan Arnold … Yeah, so it’s not a great week for the position. That’s why a guy like Fant could emerge as the top-scoring option. Fant dropped a dud last time around, then he missed last week’s game due to COVID protocols. This is an excellent matchup for him to resume that 20 FP upside from earlier in the season, as Philadelphia has allowed the most fantasy points to the tight end position.

Also Consider: Kyle Pitts, Zach Ertz