Nimble GPP:Plays to Get You Paid

Welcome to NFL Week 18! 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

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills – $8,100

ORCHARD PARK, NY – JANUARY 02: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium on January 2, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

According to RunTheSims.com, Josh Allen has the highest ceiling this week at quarterback, with 42 points. If anyone could blitz the Jets for 40 points it is definitely Josh Allen, who has three games with 39.5 points or more this year. Stacking him with Stefon Diggs and either Cole Beasley or Gabriel Davis helps you to maximize your upside and leverage the field at the same time. I’m not running back any Jets this week with my Allen stacks.

Mid-Range – Quarterback

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints– $6,200

Taysom Hill and the New Orleans Saints need a win and a San Francisco 49ers loss to make the playoffs on Sunday. I’m expecting the Saints to put/keep the ball in Hill’s hands, using his rushing capacity to bludged a weak Falcons rush defense that has given up over 1,900 rushing yards to quarterbacks and running backs this season. The Falcons has also given up 18 rushing touchdowns on the ground as well. Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara in smaller GPP fields, stacked with the Saints defense is a very interesting play this week.

Value – Quarterback

Tyler Huntley, Baltimore Ravens – $5,700

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 02: Quarterback Tyler Huntley #2 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes past free safety Taylor Rapp #24 of the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tyler Huntley mans the helm this week for the Baltimore Ravens against their hated division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Technically both teams have a microscopic chance of making the NFL post-season, but more than likely this game is just for pride and fun. Huntley played well last week but just wasn’t able to punch the ball into the end-zone against a stout LA Rams defense. The Steelers are not the Rams and Huntley and the Ravens should be able to score touchdowns this week instead of future HOF Justin Tucker field goals. I’m stacking Huntley with Andrews and/or Rashod Batemen.

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High Priced – Running Back

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts – $9,300

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JANUARY 02: Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball in the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Jonathan Taylor needs 266 yards to reach 2,000 rushing yards and he might actually get it this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Whose fans, btw are planning on dressing up as clowns this week to mock their owner Shahid Khan. I know Taylor is expensive, but he did score 27 points in Week 10 the last time he play the Jags. Wheels up in mid-size GPP tournaments.

Mid-Range – Running Back

James Conner, Arizona Cardinals – $6,300

James Conner is coming off of a heel injury but with Chase Edmonds battling his own injuries, it appears that he will have the Cardinals’ backfield to himself against the Seattle Seahawks this week. The Seahawks rank 31st against running backs and gave up 20.9 to Conner in Week 11 when Edmonds was out. Conner shouldn’t be to heavily rostered, making him a leverage play in larger GPP tournaments.

Value – Running Back

Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $5,300

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 26: Ke’Shawn Vaughn #21 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Ronald Jones is in a walking boot, so it looks like Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Le’Veon Bell will split Tampa Bay backfield duties for Week 18. Vaughn stands out as the better play given his familiarity with the Buc’s offense and Bell’s limited role to date. I’m comfortable stacking Vaugh with Tom Brady and Mike Evans in a Tampa Bay game stack. I’m running it back with D.J. Moore or nothing at all.

High Priced – Wide Receiver 

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $7,100

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 02: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled on a carry by Bryce Hall #37 of the New York Jets during the second half of the game at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Speaking of Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s missing his two running mates, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown. Mike Evans also will not be facing Stephon Gilmore, who landed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list this week. It’s hard to find a better wide receiver play this week. Evans will probably be chalky, but if you game stack him in with Brady and a few other pieces you can gain some leverage over the field and mitigate the chalk.

Mid-Range – Wide Receiver

D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers – $5,800

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 19: D.J. Moore #2 of the Carolina Panthers carries the ball after a catch over Taron Johnson #24 of the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter of the game at Highmark Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)

D.J. Moore is sixth amongst wide receivers with 153 targets this season. All targets are not created equally though, as Sam Darnold, P.J. Walker, and Cam Newton have taught us. Still, 10 targets a game in a game environment that will force the Panthers to throw the ball, Moore is a great value at only $5,800. I’m sure lots of folks will be playing him as a one-off, but I will be run-back stacking him with Brady and Evan, possibly Vaughn or Gronk as well. They all need each other to go BOOM.

Value – Wide Receiver 

Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills – $4,900

Gabriel Davis has 22 targets and four touchdown receptions in his last four games. With Emmanuel Sanders likely out again this week, Davis will be primarily matched up with Brandin Echols, who has a 46.6 PFF cornerback grade in his rookie season. Expect the Bills to be able to exploit this mismatch all game, making Davis a great GPP play this week.

High Priced – Tight End

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens – $7,500

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 02: Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball as Jordan Fuller #4 of the Los Angeles Rams defends in the third quarter of the game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Mark Andrews, you don’t say? I feel like you were just talking about him. I was and I will do it some more. Andrews is the new TE1 in fantasy football. With four games of 29.5, 31, 38, and 44 points this season, Andrews has the explosive upside to win you a tournament. I want all the Mark Andrews this week and will be stacking him with Huntley in most of my builds.

Mid-Range – Tight End

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $6,300

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Buccaneers defeated the Jets 28-24. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Gronk smashed last week, scoring 21.5 DraftKings points!! His 10 targets led the team and so did his 115 yards receiving. Look for Brady to lean heavily on Gronk again this week down two of his three top wide receiving options. According to PFF, Gronk has the top tight end matchup this week. He wasn’t used the last time the Buccaneers and Panthers played in Week 15. He’s a sleeping giant this week. Hopefully, he’s overlooked by the public this week. I’m stacking him with Brady in all of his builds.

Value – Tight End

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers – $4,600

The Baltimore Ravens rank 29th against tight ends, giving up 15.5 points per game to the position each week. Given this is Big Ben’s last game of his career, and he can’t throw the football further than 15 yards downfield, and Diontae Johnson is OUT in the NFL’s COVID-19 list, Pat Freiermuth should see 69 million targets this week. You can full send “quote me.”

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