Finding that diamond in the rough can take a little digging, 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 tournament lineups.
Today we’ll look at wide receivers, which are usually the easiest to find punt options from; even on a three-game slate.
Justin Watson ($4,600), Ishmael Hyman ($3,000), Buccaneers
Breshad Perriman is the safest play of the Tampa Bay wide receivers with Mike Evans out and Chris Godwin likely out, but his price shot up to $6,000 and there will be other receivers for Jameis Winston to throw to. Of the three games on Saturday, this game is by far the best to look for ancillary plays due to the likely high-scoring and pass first nature.
Godwin did play much of last week, seeing 61 percent of the snaps before leaving while Scotty Miller, who also left with a hamstring injury, saw 15 percent. Watson got 56 percent while Hyman had 17 percent and no other receiver saw the field. O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate saw a nice uptick in work, so Watson and Hyman might not be forced targets but they will be on the field against a Texans pass defense which ranks 27th in DVOA against the pass.
Kendrick Bourne ($3,600), 49ers
Bourne isn’t heavily targeted but when he is, there’s a good chance it’s near the end zone, as he has five touchdowns since Week 9, which is the most on the team for the season. The Rams are weakest against slot receivers on the season and Bourne has seen 51 percent of his snaps from the slot. We are relying on a touchdown, as his targets are low, so he is very much a risk/reward play.
N’Keal Harry ($4,000), Patriots
Julian Edelman looks like the walking dead on the field right now while Mohamed Sanu can’t separate to save his life. That leaves Harry, who the Patriots are trying to manufacture touches for, as seen by his two carries last week. Harry has had two red zone targets in the last two weeks, catching one for a touchdown and catching another that should have been a touchdown but the Patriots were out of challenges. Much like Bourne, he’s a player we probably need a touchdown out of to be worth the play, but he’s set up well for that chance.
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