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 four-game Divisional Round slate at the wide receiver position.
Allen Lazard, WR Packers ($4,500)
Over the last two weeks of the regular season, Aaron Rodgers ($6,500) was relying upon Lazard heavily, looking his way 17 times. Lazard turned those 17 targets into nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown, good for 12.6 YPR. Lazard lines up all over the field so tabbing him for an accurate WR/CB matchup is a bit difficult. Overall, he saw the majority of his time on the right side of the field, meaning he could see Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin. On the year, Griffin was targeted against 66 times allowing 40 receptions for 13.3 YPR and two touchdowns. Lazard has a minuscule 5% target share in the red zone but has emerged as the WR2 as of late, which should give him ample opportunities in a game that has the Packers only favored by four points.
Sammy Watkins, WR Chiefs ($4,300)
After starting off the season with an insane 49.8 DKFP against the Jaguars, Watkins never saw more than 13.3 DKFP in a game after that. He’s a very unreliable receiver in the Chiefs offense but his matchup is too good to ignore. The Texans secondary has been one of the worst in the league and allows an average of 167 receiving yards and 13.5 YPR. His unreliability certainly makes him a risky play but this is still someone who averaged 6.4 targets during the regular season. Watkins has a very low red zone target share at 9% but you likely figured that out with his three total touchdowns on the season. Either way, you’re still getting a receiver in a high powered offense and is facing one of the worst secondaries in the league. If he happens to make a handful of catches in this game, he could give enough to reach value on his low salary.
David Moore, WR Seahawks ($3,900)
Moore was the WR3 in the Seahawks lineup during Wild Card Weekend with Malik Turner out with a concussion. Turner has yet to be ruled out for this matchup against the Packers so we’ll have to wait on his status. If he is, Moore would take on that WR3 role once again. Without Turner in the mix, Moore caught two of his four targets for 57 yards and 7.7 DKFP. He draws a much tougher matchup against a Packers secondary that’s allowed 155 receiving yards but a large 15.8 YPR. That could potentially bode well for Moore, who himself averaged 18.8 YPR on 19 receptions. Despite his status contingent on the health of Turner, Moore is the perfect tournament play with his boom-or-bust outcomes.
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