NFL GPP Pivots: Week 9

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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

Tua Tagovailoa - Miami (vs. Houston) - DK: $5,800 FD: $7,300 Yahoo: $26

Tagovailoa is no stranger to this article. We took a brief hiatus away from him in a tough matchup at Buffalo last weekend. However, it appears that Tua is poised to return to his 20-25+ FP upside in a nice home matchup against Houston. Tagovailoa is listed as questionable, although the latest reports suggest he’ll play through a finger issue. The Texans have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to QBs this season, and that mark would probably be worse if they were more competitive. Keep Tua in mind as a sneaky-good pick yet again, as he’s stackable with TE Mike Gesicki or WR Jaylen Waddle (more on that later).

Also Consider: Jordan Love, Tyrod Taylor

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RUNNING BACK

Aaron Jones - Green Bay (at Kansas City) - DK: $7,200 FD: $8,500 Yahoo: $30

It seems that Jones will have lower than deserved DFS support this weekend. That’s justifiable, as we aren’t sure how well this Green Bay offense will move sans Aaron Rodgers. However, it’s plausible to expect Jones to see a ton of volume to take the pressure off fill-in QB Jordan Love. Remember, the Chiefs have been shaky on defense this season, so it wouldn’t be that big of a surprise if the Packers regularly found their way into the red zone. Kansas City has allowed the seventh-most receptions and fifth-most receiving yards to RBs this season, and we know Jones can take advantage of that vulnerability.

Josh Jacobs - Las Vegas (at NY Giants) - DK: $6,200 FD: $7,200 Yahoo: $20

It’s hard to fully trust Jacobs while he’s sharing the backfield with Kenyan Drake. However, I believe Jacobs is trending in the right direction. He’s off the injury report after leaving early last game, and game flow could be on his side in this game. His opponent, the Giants, have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs this season. Jacobs has scored a touchdown in three straight games while seeing a surprising amount of targets out of the backfield as well.

Also Consider: Myles Gaskin, Chase Edmonds

WIDE RECEIVER

Brandin Cooks - Houston (at Miami) - DK: $6,100 FD: $6,800 Yahoo: $18

QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to return for Houston. That is good news for Cooks, who was actually able to post some solid fantasy outings with inexperienced QB Davis Mills under center. If you recall, Taylor played in the first two games of this season. Cooks saw a combined 21 targets with 14 receptions, 210 yards, and a score in those outings. Now he’s facing a Miami team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Marquise Brown - Baltimore (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $6,000 FD: $7,700 Yahoo: $23

Brown isn’t necessarily cheap, and he’ll probably be overlooked in tournaments because of that. However, I’m intrigued by his upside on Sunday. This could be a high-scoring game in the “Purple Bowl” against Minnesota, who has been vulnerable to the pass all season. The Vikings lost DE Danielle Hunter for the season, which could allow QB Lamar Jackson more time to find Brown downfield. Minnesota already gave up the seventh-most fantasy points to receivers, and things could get worse without their elite pass rusher. Brown stands to benefit with his big-play ability.

Also Consider: Calvin Ridley, Cole Beasley, Jaylen Waddle

TIGHT END

Mike Gesicki - Miami (vs. Houston) - DK: $4,900 FD: $6,500 Yahoo: $22

I’ve mentioned numerous times in this article series that you don’t need to get too cute at tight end. Gesicki makes for a fine tournament choice whether you stack him with Tagovailoa or not. DeVante Parker has been ruled out for Miami, so Gesicki could see more targets in his absence. The matchup against Houston looks good, as the Texans have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. I’m expecting Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, Travis Kelce, and maybe Pitts/Goedert to be more popular than Gesicki on Sunday.

Also Consider: Tyler Conklin