Week 6 Punt Plays: The Buck Starts Here

After sitting out one week, I have made my triumphant return to the FantasyDraft Locker Room.

Where was I? Unfortunately, I went under the knife to fix a recurring nerve issue in my elbow. We had been off to a good start this season, so hopefully you were able to continue your solid play in my absence.

I’ve been officially activated from the IR, but there’s still some lingering pain, so I’m going to be a little more brief than usual this week, as I need to get my writing hand strong for the stretch run.

Without any more delay, let’s get into Week 6’s Punt Plays!


Jay Cutler, Bears ($10,300)

The Bears quarterback’s (QB) confidence is at an all-time (well, maybe all-year) high after leading his team to comeback wins in each of the last two weeks.

He was able to do so without his best receiving weapon in Alshon Jeffery, but that could change this week as the fourth-year wideout is expected to make his return after missing each of the past four games.

Since sitting out Week 3 with a hamstring injury, Cutler has completed 54-of-88 passes (61.4%) for 533 yards and a 4/1 TD/INT ratio. He’ll look to continue that streak when the Bears travel to Detroit to take on the 1-4 Lions. To say the Lions have struggled would be an understatement. After finishing last year 11-5, they’ve been an embarrassment on the field and QB Matthew Stafford was benched in the fourth quarter of last week’s game. The Lions are currently allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs.

Running Back

Javorius Allen, Ravens ($8,800)

The Ravens haven’t gotten off to a good start in Week 6. The team placed backup running back (RB) Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) on the IR and starting RB Justin Forsett (ankle) is a game-time decision Sunday.

With Taliaferro done, Javorius “Buck” Allen immediately assumes backup duties behind Forsett, but if Forsett can’t suit up this week, he’d be the starter in a game against the hapless San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers rank 27th versus RBs in fantasy, allowing at least 17 points to an opposing RB in three of five games this season. On the flip side, the Ravens are 15th in the NFL in total rushing yards. Even if Forsett does play, Allen should still get plenty of work. He carried the ball eight times for 58 yards, including a 44-yard romp in the third quarter, during last Sunday’s overtime loss to the Browns.

Wide Receiver

Dwayne Harris, Giants ($6,300)

The Giants won a big game Sunday night, but they may have lost some key players in the process.

Wide receivers (WR) Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle both suffered hamstring injuries in the team’s last-second win vs. the Niners. While Randle has been given a “probable” tag, Beckham has yet to practice as of Friday. Coach Tom Coughlin stated that Beckham didn’t need to practice to be able to play, but he’s probably closer to sitting than he is playing.

If OBJ can’t go, Dwayne Harris is a great punt play at the WR position. Harris was the clear beneficiary of their injuries on Sunday, hauling in six catches — on eight targets — for 72 yards.

The Eagles have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season and just gave up 100-yard games to both Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead. The Eagles do have a great run D however, which should force Eli Manning to throw the ball more, adding even more incentive to rostering Harris.

Since it’s a Monday night game, just be sure to check Beckham’s and Randle’s injury statuses before locking in your lineups.

Bonus: If Beckham’s vague status makes you wary about rostering Harris, try Stefon Diggs-MIN ($6,300) or Kenny Stills-MIA ($6,200)

Tight End

Zach Ertz, Eagles ($6,600)

After entering last season with a ton of hype, it’a safe to say that Zach Ertz isn’t going to be the fantasy stud we all thought — at least while he’s in Philadelphia. Chip Kelly clearly doesn’t trust him to block, and that limits his snaps. Ertz has only played in 64.4 percent of the Eagles’ offensive plays, and while that’s not good for fantasy, it has also caused his price to drop on FantasyDraft.

This week he’s coming in with a $6,600 price tag, which is reasonable considering he’s facing the Giants, a team that has allowed the third-most points to tight ends (TE). Sure, the Giants have faced some tough TEs in Jason Witten and Jordan Reed, but they were torched by Charles Clay in Week 4 (9 catches, 111 yards) and even permitted Niners’ backup Garrett Celek to get some burn this past Sunday. They could also be without linebacker Jon Beason, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter vs. SF.

Not only is it a good matchup for Ertz, but he has had relative success when facing his division foes, totaling seven catches (on 11 targets) for 103 yards and a TD in two games against them last year.

Defense/Special Teams

Minnesota Vikings ($5,700)

The Chiefs were dealt a huge blow on Sunday when star RB Jamaal Charles suffered a season-ending ACL injury, making them a team DFS players want to target against in the upcoming weeks.

Charles had racked up 541 total yards this season — nearly 30 percent of the Chiefs’ offense — and no matter how well Charcandrick West and Knile Davis do in his stead, that kind of production is going to be impossible to replace.

Andy Reid’s team is just 4-7 on the road since the beginning of last season, and with just six days to prepare to play in a tough environment, the Chiefs are likely to be off their game this week. On top of that, the Vikings have allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards in the NFL and rank in the top 20 in rushing defense.

Alex Smith and the rest of the Chiefs’ offense is primed for a shredding at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings’ defense.

Bonus: Eagles defense ($5,600) if Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t play

Seth Klein

Seth is a DFS writer at FantasyDraft, as well as a writer for TheFantasyFix and Razzball. You can find his player rankings at FantasyPros. Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Seth is a lifelong New York sports fan. Seth has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him on Twitter at @SethDaSportsMan.

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