Nimble GPP:Plays to Get You Paid

By Scott Simpson

Welcome to NFL Week 8! Each week Nimble GPP will bring you the plays to get you paid for DraftKings GPP. Excited to share all my “Nimble GPP” content with you all this year. Each week I will help you build GPP lineups by providing you the building blocks at each skill position by identifying “High Priced”, “Mid-Range”, and “Value” plays. The play represents the player that I predict for the most upside at their price range. Mix and match the players you are high on and build your optimal lineup.

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High Priced – Quarterback

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled short of the first down marker on third down by safety Amani Hooker #37 of the Tennessee Titans during fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills– $8,100 

Josh Allen is the only quarterback to finish as the QB1 twice this season and leads all quarterbacks averaging 28.2 DraftKings points per game. This week, he faces one of the worst secondaries in the Miami Dolphins. They currently rank 26th against quarterbacks, 27th against running backs, and 30th against wide receivers. Josh Allen might be the most explosive play waiting to happen this Sunday. I’m all over Double stacking or onslaught stacking him with Zack Moss, Stefon Diggs, and Cole Beasley.

Mid-Range – Quarterback

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles – $7,200

Jalen Hurts has been an automatic 25 points every week, the definition of a perfect Cash play. This week, he’s a great Cash play, as always, but I’m growing more open to the idea of playing him in GPP tournaments as well. The Detroit Lions have given up 15 passing touchdowns and almost 2,000 receiving yards. Hurts should be able to move the ball through the air and also on the ground with Kenneth Gainwell, one of his favorite players to target when plays break down. Stacking Hurts with Devonta Smith and Gainwell makes the most sense in larger GPP tournaments. I’m comfortable playing him naked in Cash.

Value – Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos – $5,400

According to RunTheSims.com, Teddy Bridgewater is the best point per dollar value on the whole DraftKings main slate. The Washington Football Team defense is the worst in the league against quarterbacks and seconds worst in points given up to wide receivers. Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, hell, throw in Noah Fant, are all great stacking options with Bridgewater. Sutton has the greatest touchdown upside, but Jeudy is only a play away from taking one to the house. I like them both as a double stack in large field GPP tournaments. They are viable in Cash as a pay-down salary saver.

High Priced – Running Back

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 25: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Tre Brown #22 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Lumen Field on October 25, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints – $8,700

Alvin Kamara is the WR1 on the New Orleans Saints, glad they finally figured it out last week. This week the Saints are going to need all the Karama can give him if they want to upset the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady. The 50 point total portends to points, and those will flow through Kamara. His optimal rate is over 20% this week. He’s a smash in GPPs and a solid play in 50/50 double-ups.

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Mid-Range – Running Back

Darrell Henderson, LA Rams – $6,500

Darrell Henderson might be my favorite running back play for Week 8. The Houston Texans have given up over 1000 total yards and 8 touchdowns to running backs this season. Giving up 25 points per week ranks them 20th in the NFL. Henderson came back to earth last week after a 24.7 point explosion in Week 6. I’m favoring a blowout victory for the Rams and expect Henderson to continue to see 20 touches per game in one of the top-scoring offenses in the NFL. I’m playing him primarily in Cash games, but will have a handful of him in large field GPP tournament games stacked with Matthew Stafford.

Value – Running Back

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles– $5,000

Kenneth Gainwell will be leading the Philadelphia Eagles backfield this week against a Detroit Lions that has given up six rushing and six receiving touchdowns as well as over 1,00 total yards to running backs on the season. I love Gainwell as the PPR option out of the backfield, a D’Andre Swift light if you like. I’m more comfortable with Gainwell in mid-range to large GPP fields.

High Priced – Wide Receiver 

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 18: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown in front of cornerback Janoris Jenkins #20 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills – $8,100

According to OccupyFantasy.com, Stefon Diggs has the second-highest wide receiver upside this week against the Miami Dolphins. Bryon Johnson is expected to be the primary defender matched up with Diggs this week, a clear advantage for Josh Allen and the Bills to exploit. I expect Diggs to return to his 2020 form, scoring a touchdown and racking up over 100 receiving yards. I’m stacking him with Josh Allen in both double stacks and onslaught lineups for GPP large multi-mass entries (MMEs).

Mid-Range – Wide Receiver 

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $6,400

This week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are without Antonio Brown and Gronk is trending towards a game-time decision. Chris Godwin is $600 cheaper than Mike Evans, despite only averaging 1.6 fewer points per game. I like them both this week, but I’m leaning Godwin in smaller fields as the cheaper paydown option. Stacking Brady with Godwin and Fournette might be a sneaky way to differentiate yourself from the field.

Value – Wide Receiver 

Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts – $5,300

The Indianapolis Colts second-year wide receiver Michael Pittman is finally playing up to his potential, scoring over 20 points two out of his last three games. This week Pittman faces a Tennessee Titans defense that ranks dead last against the wide receiver position, giving up 48 points per game. I expect this game to be the high-scoring tilt Vegas is predicting with the 50.5 total, Pittman is incredibly cheap given the downfield target volume he should see in this matchup. I’m stacking Pittmans with Carson Wentz or as a run-back option with A.J. Brown and/or Derrick Henry.

High Priced – Tight End

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 24: Kyle Pitts #8 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch on the sideline in the fourth quarter of the game against Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons – $6,300  

Kyle Pitts is the highest-priced tight end on the DraftKings’ Week 8 main slate at $6,300. After scoring 26 and 29 points the last two times he laced them up, I understand the price tag. Pitts is averaging nine targets per game the last three weeks and has 20 receptions for 332 yards and one touchdown. Pitts has the third-best matchup this week according to PFF. I’m comfortable stacking him with Matt Ryan or playing him as a one-off.

Mid-Range – Tight End

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos– $4,900

Noah Fant has a juicy matchup this week against the Washington Football Team linebackers and secondary who are currently giving up 15 fantasy points a game to tight ends. Fant has 18 targets in his last two games and should see red zone opportunities this week. I’m rolling with Fant in smaller single-entry GPP contests.

Value – Tight End 

Jared Cook, LA Chargers – $3,400

Jared Cook is priced all the way down at $3,400 coming off the bye week after scoring over 12 points two of the last three weeks. He’s a high upside boom or bust GPP paydown option that you are hoping scores a touchdown and finishes with 13-15 points.

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