For those of you who are new to Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), GPPs are "Guaranteed Prize Pool" Tournaments with larger, sometimes very large prize amounts. FanDuel is one of the biggest sites in DFS and offers some of the biggest prizes in the industry. The goal of this article is to guide you towards some players that could help you take home that big prize. Footballguys offers a ton of resources to help you build that winning lineup, and this is just one of the many - but I hope that you will find it a valuable resource and check this article out on a regular basis.
Before we talk about the players for this week, we cannot completely ignore cash game plays. Typically a "GPP player" for the week is one that can score big or score terribly - the classic "boom or bust" player. A wide receiver that can catch two deep balls for two scores can get you 30+ points - or he might wind up with nada. Chasing 1-3 big plays can win you a tournament, but filling out a roster completely with these types of options will likely leave you well short of first place. That is why you cannot ignore the cash game plays each week as well, as combining the two groups is what usually leads to those big victories in GPP contests. So, expect some mention of players who are cash game plays each week, as well as some players that could be considered for both GPP and cash games.
Note - this article is not intended to provide a fully exhaustive list of every possible player. That would be an immensely long group of players. These are just some of the best options I see for GPPs this week when considering value, price, upside, and matchups.
Second note - Keep in mind the multiplier target(s) you want to hit for both cash and GPP / tournaments on FanDuel. In general, you are looking for 2x in cash (twice the cost of the player in $1,000 increments) and 3x in GPP. That means a player that costs $6,000 should produce 12 or more points in cash and 18 or more in GPPs.
Now, on with this week's top options:
GENERAL THOUGHTS ON WEEK 10
To help you out each week, I will give you some general thoughts as we progress through the season (you can also find more on the weekly Power Grid show (link to be updated Friday - available on the DFS home page) - be sure to watch and subscribe!). For this week, there are lots of options again, but many of the decisions will hinge upon scratches that will happen this weekend, so expect some updates here on Saturday.
This is a challenging week in that there are so many ways to go. The first question is at quarterback, where you can go cheap to Ryan Fitzpatrick or even Jacoby Brissett. Strong options abound in the $8-9K price range, with several different quarterbacks to choose from. The story is similar at running back, where there are lots of good choices – predominantly at the pricier end of the spectrum – but at all price points there are good values, and injury reports over the next 48 hours could make some even more appealing.
For starting points, at least regarding chalk, kicker and defense are the way to go. Taking the top options at kicker and defense gives you a foundation on which to build (or you can try a method that I have used in the past, which is to take the most expensive option at each position and then build off of that, knowing you can always pivot to find better bargains if you need the cap space). Tight end boils down to mid-range options or Rob Gronkowski, so I would recommend building with each option and see how you like the results. Wide receivers are scarcer, but in GPPs your stacks should solve some of those selections. Lastly, given all the running backs, filling in the pieces that fit at the position with the remaining budget after filling every other spot feels like the smart way to construct this week.
As always, keep an eye out for both injury and weather updates for Sunday, and also monitor the Vegas lines for any movement. If the totals start to drop, expect adverse weather conditions for passing and kicking games in those contests.