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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. The Saturday and Tuesday games are omitted from this article as well.
Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh (vs. Tennessee) - DK: $5,600 FD: $6,600 Yahoo: $27
Roethlisberger has turned it on recently with 20+ fantasy points in three of his last four. Some of that revolves around game flow with the Steelers playing from behind in most of those contests. Still, there’s something to the play calling and recent success of Big Ben. There’s a chance the Steelers keep airing it out against a Tennessee defense that is vulnerable to the pass. The Titans have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to QBs this season. Look for Roethlisberger to attack that on Sunday.
Also Consider: Trevor Lawrence
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Myles Gaskin - Miami (vs. NY Jets) - DK: $5,600 FD: $6,600 Yahoo: $21
The Dolphins check-in as 9.5 point home favorites over the Jets. Whether you think that’s too many points or not, it signals excellent game flow for Gaskin. The matchup is outstanding as well, given that the Jets have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Still, Gaskin could be a relatively underappreciated fantasy asset on Sunday. He’s seeing 15-20 touches per game with an acceptable mid-range salary. The game log has been up-and-down, but we should see Gaskins’ good side in this excellent draw.
D’Onta Foreman - Tennessee (at Pittsburgh) - DK: $5,200 FD: $5,800 Yahoo: $18
Playing at Pittsburgh looks like a tough matchup on paper. However, the Steelers have been extremely generous to the run lately. They let Dalvin Cook run wild for 205 yards and a pair of scores last Thursday. Two weeks prior to that, Joe Mixon ripped off 165 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers. In other words, the Pittsburgh rushing defense is trending down. Is that a sign of things to come? I’m not sure, but it’s enough to take a look at Foreman for tournament purposes on Sunday. We know Tennessee wants to run the ball, and Foreman has come through with 32 carries, 156 yards, and a touchdown over his last two games combined.
Also Consider: Chris Reynolds, Tevin Coleman
Diontae Johnson - Pittsburgh (vs. Tennessee) - DK: $7,500 FD: $7,200 Yahoo: $28
I’m not sure if Johnson himself will be popular or not in tournaments. He’ll likely be appealing on full PPR sites like DraftKings. Still, striking the combination of Roethlisberger and Johnson is a simple way to differentiate in large-field GPPs. We know Johnson is going to see 10-15 targets in this welcoming matchup against the Titans - who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
Laquon Treadwell - Jacksonville (vs. Houston) - DK: $3,300 FD: $5,100 Yahoo: $13
Don’t look now, but Treadwell is trending towards WR1 status in Jacksonville. Over the last three games, he has seen 19 targets for 12 receptions and 183 yards. That’s pretty good for a receiver priced near-minimum salary on all DFS sites. Treadwell has a chance to build on that against a beatable Houston defense on Sunday. Go ahead and look towards him in tournaments or as a cheap value filler to round out your cash lineup.
Also Consider: Julio Jones, Marvin Jones
Noah Fant - Denver (vs. Cincinnati) - DK: $4,400 FD: $5,600 Yahoo: $15
George Kittle and Mark Andrews will be extremely popular at tight end on Sunday. There’s a chance Mike Gesicki will get some love as well. Beyond that, it’s wide open at this position. Fant represents one way to differentiate from the pack. His matchup isn’t too shabby against a Cincinnati team that has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to tight ends. Looking beyond that, the Bengals actually rank 29th in overall pass defense. In other words, there’s an opportunity for Teddy Bridgewater and company to get going. Fant looked good early in the season, but he hasn’t had a breakout game since October. It’s annoying that fellow TE Albert Okwuegbunam will see a handful of targets as well, but Fant has overcome that several times this season. I like the matchup and believe Fant can turn things around in Week 15.
Also Consider: Kyle Pitts, Pat Freiermut