A punt play is a cheap player designed to give fantasy owners salary relief in an effort to spend elsewhere on their rosters, often to load up on more stud players. With the NFL playoffs here, punt plays may generally be more difficult to find, as value is often opened up through injuries during the regular season and teams will be taking an all-hands-on-deck approach in the postseason. With that said, here are some players with salaries below $6,000 in DraftKings’ Patriots-Titans Showdown contests that fantasy owners can consider using for salary relief on Saturday:
Corey Davis ($4,600 FLEX; $6,900 CP)
Davis has seen respectable playing time in 2019, playing in 72% of the Titans’ offensive plays, a number that held steady at the end of the regular season. With A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry commanding the attention of the Patriots’ defense, Davis is a candidate to see an expanded role in this matchup for possible game-planning reasons. Patriots coach Bill Belichick often takes away what the opponent does best, which in this case would be Brown and/or Henry. If the Patriots force other players on Tennessee to try to beat them, Davis could be a fantasy beneficiary.
Jonnu Smith ($4,400 FLEX; $6,600 CP)
Like teammate Corey Davis, Smith could see more fantasy opportunities if the Patriots elect to force players other than A.J. Brown or Derrick Henry to beat them. Smith has played on over 80% of the Titans’ offensive plays in recent weeks and ranks second on the Titans in red zone targets.
Mohamed Sanu ($5,400 FLEX; $8,100 CP)
Sanu has been a disappointment in New England, recording single-digit DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) in seven of his eight games. However, Sanu has seen strong playing time recently, playing on 96% of the Patriots’ offensive plays in Week 17 after playing on 86% of snaps in Week 16. With Sanu getting a lot of snaps, it could just be a matter of time before he sees a fantasy breakthrough. Sanu ranks a tick better than average at generating space by average yards of separation per target, and he faces a Titans pass defense that ranked toward the middle of the pack in DKFP allowed to WR during the regular season.
N’Keal Harry ($5,800 FLEX; $8,700 CP)
Harry is coming off a season-high seven targets in the Patriots’ Week 17 game and his role appears to be trending up heading into the playoffs. Harry has played on over half of the Patriots’ offensive plays in three consecutive weeks and has surpassed Phillip Dorsett as New England’s third WR. Harry’s 6’4” frame could make him a red zone threat, giving him some touchdown upside.
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