Punt plays are something we must consider when building a lineup, usually in tournaments. Sure, in a perfect world, we could just jam in all the expensive players, call it a day and rake in the cash. But we don’t live in a perfect world, do we? Punt plays are players that aren’t usually relied upon to bring us those big fantasy production games but have some potential and could surprise us. We’ll look at some options to consider for this two-game Conference Championship slate at both the wide receiver and tight end position.
Kendrick Bourne, WR 49ers ($4,200)
Bourne made some noise last week during the Niners Divisional Round win over the Vikings. Seeing five targets, Bourne made three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, good for 13 DKFP. Bourne is a perfect tournament option to consider with his big-play abilities and having six touchdowns on just 33 receptions. While he’s certainly not high on the pecking order when it comes to targets, the Packers do allow an average of 15.7 YPR, which was one of the highest in the league. Bourne could be seeing some higher ownership this week due to scoring against the Vikings but I still can’t imagine his ownership will be anything high enough to consider fading him.
Mecole Hardman, WR Chiefs ($3,800)
Admittedly, Hardman really should have had a bigger game against a very poor Texans’ secondary. He was targeted four times but only came down with two receptions for 10 yards, 13 of which came on one catch. Hardman is a bit like Bourne where his opportunities have been limited but he still has six touchdowns to his credit despite 28 receptions. Hardman is the definition of big-play ability with his 20 YPR. It’s very realistic that he’ll make one or two catches in a game but he can easily pay off his salary with the number of yards we’ve seen him rack up on those catches. As I mentioned, Bourne could be a more trendy pick because of his touchdown last week while Hardman was quiet overall.
Jonnu Smith, TE Titans ($3,400)
Smith has been very quiet since the playoffs started, catching three of his four targets for 21 yards. He does have a touchdown to his name during this span but he’s averaging just 5.5 DKFP against the Patriots and Ravens. For someone that was averaging 11 DKFP in the final weeks of the season, it’s been a disappointment. Luckily for Smith, the Chiefs were nothing special defensively against opposing tight ends, allowing an average of 8 DKFP and 59 receiving yards per game. Smith has a 12% red zone target share, which isn’t huge but we also have to consider that this is a team with Derrick Henry, so they understandably are running more in these situations. The pricing at tight end is essentially stars and scrubs, as Travis Kelce is the most expensive at $7,100 and Jimmy Graham, who is the third-most-expensive, is $3,700. If you want to get away from the chalky Kelce, Smith does bring some appeal.
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