Finding that diamond in the rough can take a little detective work, so we’ll get you started on your search for the three-game holiday slate this Saturday. A punt option is usually a player so inexpensive that you aren’t looking for big points, but just enough to keep from sinking your lineup while you pay up for bigger — home run plays like Christian McCaffrey or Michael Thomas or Lamar Jackson. Punt plays are usually better for riskier lineups that you’ll play in tournaments. Below are a few that could help you out this weekend.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers ($5,500)
Everyone will be on DeShaun Watson and Jameis Winston on Saturday and for good reason, but Garoppolo has shown enough upside to give you a fighting chance at a much cheaper price. Tom Brady is the cheapest quarterback on the slate at $5,200 as he takes on the Bills and with the Bills defense and the lack of receivers in New England, along with a 38-points over/under, I don’t think I can punt that deep. Garoppolo’s receivers are healthy and they are coming off a letdown game at home to the Falcons. This week they get another home game against a tough Rams defense, but I expect them to get their act together in the second highest over/under for Saturday
Sony Michel, Patriots ($4,600)
I expect the Patriots to try to run, as they should be able to hold Josh Allen down and the Bills pass defense is stout. Michel has been mostly bad this season but the team hasn’t given up on him yet. Last week they gave him 19 carries and two targets. He ended up with 103 yards and his best game in a while. He’s the most likely player to get goal line work as well, so his upside is one of the best at his price this week.
Rex Burkhead, Patriots ($3,600)
Last week Burkhead saw six attempts for 53 yards and a touchdown and he caught two targets for six yards. That isn’t the workload we want to see but with the Patriots offense not hitting on all cylinders and Burkhead finally healthy, there’s room for him to get more work, both on the ground and through the air, and the Bills are much better against the pass than run.
Duke Johnson, Texans ($4,100)
Johnson is an outstanding player but doesn’t get enough usage to have any consistency in fantasy. But this week, him and Carlos Hyde face one of the best run defenses in the league, which should end up helping Johnson see more work out of the backfield as a receiver. The team has faced mostly middling to poor run defenses this season but when they took on the Patriots three weeks ago, Hyde had 10 carries for 17 yards and Johnson ended up catching 5-of-6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown while rushing nine times for 36 yards.
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