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.
Herbert will get his second career start on Sunday. The matchup looks good against a vulnerable Carolina defense, and the Chargers could control this game with RB Christian McCaffrey sidelined. That should translate to more opportunities for Herbert and the LAC offense. The rookie looked decent in his NFL debut, picking up 23 fantasy points boosted by a rushing touchdown. It’s hard to predict if that rushing upside is sustainable, but Herbert should have plenty of chances to thrive regardless.
Kenyan Drake - Arizona (vs. Detroit) - DK: $6,000 FD: $6,500 Yahoo: $23
This is an interesting leverage play. Most people will be looking towards the combination of QB Kyler Murray to WR DeAndre Hopkins through all DFS formats. However, what if RB Kenyan Drake emerges as the main fantasy producer from this game? A similar situation played out against the Detroit defense last week. QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Davante Adams was a popular stack, but RB Aaron Jones came through with 236 yards and three touchdowns. Drake is averaging 20 touches per contest, and this could be the spot where he breaks through for a massive fantasy day.
David Montgomery - Chicago (at Atlanta) - DK: $5,700 FD: $6,100 Yahoo: $18
Montgomery fell victim to game flow in Week 1, ending up with 74 total yards on 14 touches. He bounced-back against a generous Giants’ defense last Sunday, posting 127 total yards and a score. Montgomery should see plenty of chances to keep that momentum against a suspect Atlanta defense that gave up 122 total yards and a touchdown to Ezekiel Elliot last weekend. It’s comforting to see the Chicago RB making plays in the passing game as well, a role that was previously reserved for teammate Tarik Cohen. Add it all up, and 100+ total yards with a chance at two touchdowns isn’t out of the question for Montgomery.
Terry McLaurin - Washington (at Cleveland) - DK: $5,900 FD: $6,700 Yahoo: $23
McLaurin is fresh off a nice 7-125-1 line (10 targets) against the Cardinals. He should exceed double-digit targets this weekend at Cleveland, given that Washington is listed as six-point road underdogs. The Browns let Cincinnati WR Tyler Boyd go for 7-72-1 on Thursday Night Football of Week 2, and you could argue that McLaurin has more talent with a higher market share of targets. In other words, the Washington WR makes for a strong upside play for a mid-range salary.
Admittedly, Slayton has a wide range of fantasy outcomes. We’ve already experienced that with 25 (vs. PIT) and five fantasy points (at CHI) respectively to open up the season. The matchup vs. San Francisco isn’t great, but neither was the draw against Pittsburgh - where Slayton came through with 6-102-2. There’s a chance the Giants will feed Slayton more with RB Saquon Barkley done for the season. The game script suggests NYG will be throwing while trying to stay in this game, so Slayton should get his chances.
Also Consider: Odell Beckham Jr., N’Keal Harry
Hunter Henry - LA Chargers (vs. Carolina) - DK: $4,800 FD: $6,000 Yahoo: $20
Justin Herbert’s presence as the Chargers’ starting quarterback is a boon to Henry’s fantasy upside. The LAC tight end has seen eight targets in back-to-back games, and he’ll settle into a comfortable matchup against the Panthers. To be honest, I’ll be looking towards Henry through all DFS formats on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo. The Herbert-to-Henry stack is reserved more for large-field tournaments.
Also Consider: Dallas Goedert