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 tight end position.
Darren Fells, TE Texans ($3,500)
Fells continues to draw a low salary despite being quite involved in this Texans offense. During Wild Card Weekend against the Bills, who during the regular season was one of the best teams against opposing tight ends, Fells grabbed four of his five targets for 37 yards and 7.7 DKFP. Since that game, his salary has gone up $500 but he still feels too cheap, especially with Jordan Akins ($3,000) questionable to play with a hamstring injury. Fells has a very respectable 17% target share in the red zone and now faces a Chiefs team that allowed five touchdowns to this position along with 60 receiving yards and 8.1 DKFP per game. For as cheap as he is, Fells has to be one of the top value options if you’re not paying up for names like Travis Kelce ($6,400) or George Kittle ($6,200).
Hayden Hurst, TE Ravens ($3,400)
Hurst has been a bit more involved in this crowded TE field for the Ravens. While he struggles to see more than a couple of targets per game, he catches almost everything thrown his way with 30 catches on 39 targets. Hurst is not someone that’ll go and score you double-digit fantasy points (something he’s only done once this season) but his low salary doesn’t set the bar high for him to return value. He does have a 10% target share in the red zone, which isn’t high by any means but to be fair, was higher than I expected before looking it up. The Titans weren’t exactly tough against this position either, allowing an average of 8.8 DKFP with nine touchdowns and 11.4 YPR.
Jimmy Graham, TE Packers ($3,300)
Graham has fallen out of fantasy relevance for the most part but this is a really, really good matchup for him. When we think of teams that struggled against tight ends during the regular season, teams like the Cardinals or Buccaneers come to mind. However, the Seahawks quietly climbed the ranks and were one of three times to allow over 1000 receiving yards during the regular season. Now including the playoffs, they have allowed the most yards at 1216, good for 71 per game and 11.4 YPR. Despite Graham not scoring a touchdown since Week 7, he still has a 14% target share in the red zone, making him essentially a touchdown-or-bust option. At this low salary, you could do a lot worse.
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