Cash in big Week 9 with the help of these fantasy football GPP plays!
Back for a second week of GPP plays after Week 8 found us some nice values. Nick Foles and Donte Moncreif were HUGE on a few of my tournament lineups, and I hope you were able to cash in as well.
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.
Brian Hoyer ($10,750) vs Tampa Bay- Hoyer isn’t a household name in NFL, nor should he be at this stage in his career. What he has proven to be is a winner. On a team that is missing its starting Center in Alex Mack and top Wide Receiver in Josh Gordon, Hoyer has still managed to lead his team to a 4-3 record. Enter the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a defense that has allowed 305 or more yards through the air in 4 games already this season. Football Outsiders (FO) has Tampa Bay ranked at 31st against the pass. Hoyer is one of the cheaper QB options this week, and I’ve made a pretty penny attacking this secondary in GPPs this season (Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Drew Brees). Hoyer doesn’t have a ton of weapons at his disposal, but certainly has the potential to throw for 275 yards and 2 scores against a putrid secondary and win you a GPP.
Eli Manning ($12,700) vs Indianapolis - This Colts defense has been the most Jekyll and Hyde option over the past two weeks. They shut out the Bengals in historically dominant fashion, then proceeded to allow Ben Roethlisberger post one of the best passing games in NFL history with a 40/49, 522 yard, 6 TD performance. If I had to guess which was closer to who the Colts really are, it would be the latter. Either way, the Colts should have their way with a NYG secondary that FO has ranked 18th, forcing Eli to throw the ball down the field. At nearly $5,000 cheaper than Luck, you could see a similar stat line among the two gunslingers in this one. I’ll take the discount and upside with Manning in GPPs all day long.
Jonas Gray ($7,950) vs Denver - Not to be confused with Cyrus Gray, who has zero fantasy value, “My Name is Jonas” Gray has seemingly taken over the lead back role in New England. Granted, this is a volatile situation at best, but we all know how valuable a Patriots running back can be on any given week. New England running backs are the ultimate tournament plays, because they are almost always under-owned. Gray had 17 carries for 86 yards last week, and he should be in line for a similar amount of touches this week. Obviously we hope he can find the end zone at least once, and at this price, 80 yards and a TD could make a big difference in a GPP.
Denard Robinson ($9,450) at Cincinnati - A QB in college, who was drafted as a WR and is now a RB instantly catches my eye. This guy can do it all, and has found a home in the Jacksonville backfield. “Shoelace” has run well this season, with 68 carries for 329 yards and a score. The Bengals have been atrocious against the run, and are ranked dead last in the NFL by FO. Robinson has upside, but Jacksonville as a team has limited offensive upside. He is a GPP-only play for me, but an explosive one.
Kenny Britt ($6,950) at San Francisco - On the surface, this play makes me sick to my stomach. Britt has been the very definition of underachiever since his days in Tennessee, and this season has been no different. With that being said, Britt is the only receiver in St. Louis with any sort of experience or talent to speak of. In a game where the Rams will likely be playing from behind, I like Britt to break through and solidify himself as the top option for Austin Davis now that Brian Quick has been placed on IR.
Donte Moncrief ($7,400) at New York Giants - Moncreif paid off big time for me last week after I featured him in this article, and I expect the same this week. Reggie Wayne’s status is up in the air, but I like Moncreif as a GPP play either way. At his price tag, he certainly picks up some added value if Wayne still can’t go, but he has built a nice rapport with Andrew Luck, and was targeted 12 times last week. If Wayne sits, I’ll be playing Moncreif in all formats. If he plays, he becomes a GPP option only, but one with tremendous upside.
Larry Donnell ($8,300) vs Indianapolis - FO has the Colts ranked 30th against opposing TEs, and Donnell seems to be an integral part of the Giants attack once again following the injury to Victor Cruz. He grabbed 7 balls on 7 targets for 90 yards last week against the Cowboys, and I expect big things from him in this game. Like I mentioned earlier, I expect the Colts to score at will, and the Giants will be throwing. Donnell should be a safe bet for 5/60, with quite a bit more upside. He will be low owned as he is most weeks, and if he can find the end zone, you’ll have yourself a terrific value in a GPP.