These fantasy football GPP plays dig deep to find hidden values!
I’m back with the 4th edition of GPP plays, after a hit-or-miss Week 10. Matt Ryan was a disappointment, throwing just one TD pass, Cam Newton redeemed himself with 2 late TD tosses, and both RB were a bust. Calvin Johnson and Odell Beckham Jr each had 7 grabs for over 100 yards, and Megatron added a score. Charles Clay broke hearts by dropping a sure TD pass to top it all off. Let’s get to this week’s action!
Disclaimer: First off, these plays are meant to be considered as tournament-only options. Second, these are boom-or-bust plays, who could end up putting up a complete dud of a game, or being the guy who explodes for 30 fantasy points and carries you to a GPP victory. Third, use these plays with caution, because they have do have inherent risk. Along with their high ceiling and point potential, there is also a low floor and lack of consistency. Alright, enough disclaimers! These are the players I believe can be the difference between your lineups minimum cashing in a GPP or winning the whole damn thing.
Robert Griffin III ($8,600) vs Tampa Bay- If you have been following my GPP plays for a few weeks now, you likely know the formula for GPP plays under center. Target the Tampa Bay secondary and don’t look back. Griffin was actually very effective in his first start back from injury, going 18/28 with a TD and an INT to go along with 24 rushing yards against Minnesota. The Vikings defense is vastly superior to the Bucs, and Griffin is in a great spot against a defense that is allowing a 68% completion rate, 277 passing yards per game, and has already surrendered 19 TD passes. This is a no-brainer play near minimum salary. Get RG3 into some of your GPPs and reap the benefits.
Matthew Stafford ($13,250) at Arizona- With Reggie Bush having missed practice all week and being listed as Questionable for Sunday’s clash with Arizona, Stafford’s arm becomes even more valuable. The Lions have struggled to run the ball consistently, and the Cardinals are among the best in the league against the run. Stafford has attempted at least 40 passes in each of his last 3 games, and this week should be no exception. With Calvin Johnson finally healthy (and matched up with the much smaller Patrick Peterson), and Golden Tate emerging as a legitimate weapon, Stafford could pay off in a big way.
Theo Riddick ($6,650) at Arizona - I just got done telling you that the Lions won’t likely have much success against the Cardinals in the running game, so why am I highlighting a RB in that same backfield? Good question. Riddick has become a legitimate weapon in the passing game, because of his great hands and elusiveness. Stafford threw the game-winning TD to him last week, so he isn’t afraid of trusting the young back in key situations. He has 21 targets over the past 3 weeks, and has scored in each game. If Reggie Bush sits out, Riddick becomes one of my favorite value plays on the board.
Ryan Mathews ($7,150) vs Oakland- Finally returning from the injury that has had him sidelined nearly the entire season, Mathews steps back in against the Raiders. CJ Anderson tore up this defense last week to the tune of 163 total yards and a score. While I don’t anticipate these numbers out of Mathews, he will likely see at least 15 touches against a very giving defense. He will still be in somewhat of a timeshare, but those 15 touches could easily bring in enough value to pay off a severly discounted price tag.
Preston Parker ($4,000) vs San Francisco- While many DFS players are still chasing the big game from Rueben Randle that may never be coming, Parker has stepped in and produced. Last week against the “Legion of Boom” in Seattle, Parker hauled in 7 of 7 targets for 79 yards and a TD. While that sort of production may be too optimistic, he is listed at bare minimum salary. If he catches 4 balls for 40 yards, he easily pays off his price tag. I’m firing him up in every single GPP lineup.
Kenny Britt ($5,800) vs Denver - I highlighted Britt a few weeks back, and he paid off with a TD score despite a small yardage total. Against a tough Denver defense this week, he looks like an obvious player to avoid. However, with Shaun Hill returning, Britt gains some value. Hill looks to wide receivers a significant amount more than Austin Davis did, and we all know that the Rams will be playing from behind. Britt may not be the most reliable receiver on the team, but he is the most talented. Look for Hill to target him early and often on his way to paying off his price tag.
Kyle Rudolph ($7,000) at Chicago - Let me say this with a disclaimer: I’ll be rostering Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham in every possible scenario. However, if you are paying down at TE, Rudolph is your guy. He is a big, physical TE with great hands, and is finally returning at just the right time. The Bears have been abysmal against opposing TEs (We all saw what Gronk did in just over 2 quarters), and while Rudolph is nowhere near elite-level, neither is his price tag. I expect him to be a big part of this offense in a great matchup.