NFL GPP Pivots: Week 7

Spencer Limbach
Rotoworld

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. 

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QUARTERBACK

Jacoby Brissett - Indianapolis (vs. Houston) 

Brissett wasn’t great (from a fantasy standpoint) in his last outing at Kansas City on October 6. However, he quietly produced 21+ fantasy points in two games prior to that, and he has an excellent opportunity to resume that upside vs. Houston. Brissett could find himself in a shootout with Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson, which would inspire some healthy fantasy numbers. It’s worth noting that the Texans have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, as Matt Ryan (330-3-1) and Patrick Mahomes (273-3-1) contributed to that metric over the past two weeks. Now it’s Brissett’s turn to feast on this underwhelming Houston secondary. 

Also Consider: Kyler Murray, Jared Goff, Gardner Minshew 

RUNNING BACK

Josh Jacobs - Oakland (at Green Bay)

Hopefully most DFS enthusiasts forgot about this guy. Jacobs was brilliant in his last game, which came two weeks ago in London. He torched the Bears’ usually stout defense for 143 total yards and two scores en route to 27.8 fantasy points. He should continue to play a huge role in Oakland’s gameplan, especially considering Sunday’s matchup at Green Bay. The Packers have been vulnerable to the run this season, currently ranking fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. I fully expect Jacobs to pace the Raiders’ offense while attacking that vulnerability. 

Tevin Coleman - San Francisco (at Washington) 

Coleman is an even deeper sleeper at the running back position. He battled an ankle issue early in the season, but it appears the San Francisco RB is fully healthy after registering 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns over the past two games. Sure, Coleman is splitting time with Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert in the 49ers’ backfield, but it seems clear that Tevin is the primary ground threat for his team. San Francisco checks in as nearly double-digit road favorites at Washington, who ranks 28th against the run this season. This is a spot where multiple 49ers’ RBs post solid fantasy lines, but I fully expect Coleman to lead the way. 

Also Consider: Aaron Jones, Frank Gore, Derrick Henry

WIDE RECEIVER

Tyler Boyd - Cincinnati (vs. Jacksonville) 

Boyd fell back to reality while catching only 3-of-7 targets for 10 yards last week at Baltimore. Keep in mind that he went crazy while catching 10-of-14 targets for 123 yards and a score in Week 5 against Arizona. Truth be told, Boyd is still a fantasy beast who ranks third among wide receivers in targets (60) this season. He should continue to see plenty of volume moving forward, as Cincinnati can’t patch together any semblance of a rushing attack. The matchup against Jacksonville looks better with CB Jalen Ramsey out of the picture. 

Allen Lazard - Green Bay (vs. Oakland) 

This recommendation depends on some injury information, as Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Geronimo Allison are all highly questionable for Green Bay. If two or more of those receivers are out (which seems likely), Lazard should find himself in a prominent role on Sunday. He impressed with more snaps last Monday, hauling in 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards and a score. The matchup is respectable too, as Oakland has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. 

Also Consider: Brandin Cooks, DJ Chark, John Brown, Auden Tate, Calvin Ridley

TIGHT END

Gerald Everett - LA Rams (at Atlanta)

Everett posted a career game in Week 5, hauling in 7-of-11 targets for 136 yards at Seattle. Last Sunday’s draw vs. San Francisco was a nightmare for the entire Rams’ passing attack, so Everett will look to bounce-back at Atlanta. The Falcons have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends while looking miserable against the pass lately. Everett will likely hold a lower ownership rate than fellow TEs like Evan Engram, Mark Andrews, and Austin Hooper while holding some realistic upside in his back pocket. 

Also Consider: Darren Fells

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