Divisional Round Punt Plays
Every week John Lee, Cecil Lammey and I (Jeff Pasquino) discuss our punt plays for DraftKings on The Audible to close out our weekly DFS DraftKings podcast. These are players that we are looking at to fill in a last spot on our lineups that are relatively cheap. We have all been there - we have only a few bucks left and 1-2 spots to go in our roster, and we need a good value play to fill in that gap. The rules we play by are that the player must not cost more than $3,500.
Just like always, I can only use one on the show - and I am not going to steal the thunder from our three picks that make the airwaves - but I will share a few guys that did not make it for the final cut. With such a small slate (four games) this week, there are not that many - but there are still a few to consider. So who did I pick on the show? You have to listen! So, tune in for my pick this week, and give the following list of additional punt plays for this week a read and tell me what you think, either in the comments or on twitter (@JeffPasquino). Here goes:
Steven Jackson, RB, Patriots ($3,300) - Rumor has it that the Patriots want to get Steven Jackson going this week to spark a New England ground game, and they could need him if Gronkowski either cannot play or is at less than full strength.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seahawks ($3,200) - Carolina will blanket Doug Martin, so someone else has to step up to help Russell Wilson. Jermaine Kearse could easily be that guy. He has had 20 targets over the past four weeks, resulting in 16 catches and two scores over that period. He's on the field plenty, so he looks like a reasonable roll of the dice.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Steelers ($3,000) - With Pittsburgh now having to play without Antonio Brown, it will be all hands on deck for the receivers. That means DHB moves up to #3 in the pecking order. The question is, will it be all hands, or all stone hands?
Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs ($3,000) - If Spencer Ware is unable to go, Davis makes for a reasonable punt this week. Davis was the RB2 last week for the Chiefs with Ware sidelined, rushing to close out the game, and he led off the game with a kick return for a touchdown. Pairing him with the Kansas City defense is a bold contrarian move that could pay off big if he returns another kickoff.
Scott Chandler, TE, Patriots ($2,600) - New England wants Rob Gronkowski to be ready, but if he misses this game (or is limited), Chandler is a competent understudy. One touchdown catch makes 3x value for Chandler, which is not unreasonable at all if he moves up the depth chart for Saturday.
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