NFL GPP Pivots: Week 12

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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.


Jimmy Garoppolo - San Francisco (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $5,700 FD: $6,500 Yahoo: $25

Garoppolo isn’t an exciting fantasy pick, but he’s set up nicely in Week 12. His opponent, Minnesota, has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. For the Vikings’ defensive line, Danielle Hunter and Michael Pierce are out while Everson Griffen is questionable. In other words, Garoppolo could be more comfortable in the pocket while facing less of a pass rush. The San Francisco QB has tallied 20+ fantasy points in two of his last four, and I like his chances of exceeding that total in a potential shootout with Minnesota.

Also Consider: Jalen Hurts, Tyrod Taylor

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Ty Johnson - NY Jets (at Houston) - DK: $5,200 FD: $5,400 Yahoo: $15

Michael Carter is out for the Jets, meaning Tevin Coleman and Johnson will step up. My money is on Johnson becoming New York’s primary back. He’s an excellent pass-catcher who could now see 5-10 carries on the ground as well. Johnson has seen six or more targets in three of his last five games, and he’s stepping into a boosted role. Facing a Houston team that has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to running backs doesn’t hurt.

Javonte Williams - Denver (vs. LA Chargers) - DK: $4,500 FD: $5,300 Yahoo: $10

Speaking of good matchups for running backs, Williams certainly fits into that category. The rookie runner will take on the Chargers this weekend, and Los Angeles has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to that position. Williams is in a split backfield with Melvin Gordon, but the youngster has displayed more explosiveness with the occasional receiving spike as well. I’m betting on Williams to take advantage of this desirable draw.

Also Consider: James Robinson, Rex Burkhead


Brandon Aiyuk - San Francisco (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $5,300 FD: $6,300 Yahoo: $17

You could look towards Deebo Samuel as a stacking extension of Garoppolo, but I like Aiyuk for a better upside-to-salary ratio. Prior to the season, everyone thought Aiyuk would be the guy in San Francisco. He got off to a terrible start, but the former Arizona State Sun Devil is starting to hit his stride with six or more receptions, 85+ yards, and a touchdown in two of his last three games. That’s a respectable baseline for him in a potential high-scoring game with the Vikings.

Russell Gage - Atlanta (at Jacksonville) - DK: $6,000 FD: $7,700 Yahoo: $23

The Atlanta passing attack is frustrating. I get it. However, the Falcons will keep throwing the football, and there’s a chance they’ll be more efficient against a forgiving Jacksonville defense. If that’s the case, then Gage could make good on his usual eight target workload. The Jaguars have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, creating an opportunity for Gage to finally step up in the absence of Calvin Ridley.

Also Consider: Robby Anderson, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Aiyuk


Noah Fant - Denver (vs. LA Chargers) - DK: $4,600 FD: $5,900 Yahoo: $18

I’ll be looking towards either Williams or Fant of the Broncos in my tournament lineup. They both have strong matchups in a potentially high-scoring game against the Chargers. Fant has caught five or more passes in three of his last four outings, and you have to love the matchup against a Chargers team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Fant has had a pair of breakout games this season, and they both came in similar matchups against teams that ranked top five in fantasy points given up to the position (Baltimore & Las Vegas). Here we go again!

Also Consider: Dan Arnold, Ryan Griffin

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