Week 9 Punt Plays: Bucc-le Up in Tampa

The most exciting thing about this week in daily fantasy football is FantasyDraft’s Russell Wilson Experience Giveaway. For just a $3 buy in, you have a chance to win $500 PLUS two tickets and airfare to meet the Seahawks’ QB and watch him play.

If you want to meet the young star, you must have the best lineup, and in order to have the best lineup, you’ve got to punt salary somewhere, because we can’t all litter our rosters with studs at every position.

Here are Week 9’s top punt plays:

Quarterback

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers ($10,200)

I thought long and hard about this one (that’s what she said), but decided to go with Jameis Winston over fellow rookie Marcus Mariota.

Both of these promising young quarterbacks (QB) have the best matchups on paper this week, as the Saints and Giants are 32nd and 30th vs. opposing QBs (31st-ranked Ravens have a bye). It’s not a coincidence that the Saints and Giants combined for 11 passing TDs last week. In the end, I chose Winston because he has a few offensive weapons in Mike Evans, Doug Martin and a returning Austin Seferian-Jenkins (something Mariota doesn’t have), and the Bucs are playing at home.

At 48 points, the Bucs/Giants game also has the second-largest over/under of any game this week

Running Back

Chris Thompson, Redskins ($6,400)

Thompson sat out Week 7 with a back injury, but with a bye week to heal up, he should be ready to go this Sunday against the 7-0 Patriots.

The Redskins’ pass-catching back could be the steal of the day in what could be a massive blowout by halftime. Vegas has the Patriots as 14-point favorites and the game’s 52-point over/under is more than any other this week.

Washington’s 1-2 combo of Alfred Morris and Matt Jones has been a failure. Morris came out of the gate strong, rushing for 121 yards in Week 1, but has failed to eclipse 63 yards in any game since. He’s ran for under 22 yards in four of the games since. There are four QUARTERBACKS (Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith) who have more rushing yards than Morris in that span.

Jones hasn’t been any better. After an explosive Week 2 showing (146 yards, 2 TDs), he’s fallen into the background, which isn’t good when you consider how bad Morris has been.

Chris Thompson, who has 23 catches for 150 yards and a TD, will be Washington’s best back for fantasy purposes this week when the Redskins will undoubtedly be playing from behind for the majority of the game.

Wide Receiver

Malcom Floyd, Chargers ($7,800)

This is an easy one. Floyd’s salary hasn’t yet accounted for Keenan Allen‘s season-ending kidney injury, which makes him nearly a must-own in every DFS lineup. He may be one of the highest-owned players this week, but you don’t want to be the one who decided to roster someone else when he goes off.

Philip Rivers leads all NFL QBs in passing attempts and yards, and Allen is third in the league with 89 targets. Somebody’s gonna benefit from those extra targets, and Floyd is the most likely candidate (though Stevie Johnson will see a big increase as well).

The Bears are a middle-of-the-road team against wide receivers (WR), clocking in at No. 19 with 38.2 points allowed per game. They’ve actually been very good against the run too (8th-best), so it’s even more likely that Rivers continues to air it out out even with his top receiver on the sidelines.

Tight End

Delanie Walker, Titans ($8,000)

We touched on the Saints/Titans game earlier and mentioned the high over/under, but we also remarked on the lack of weapons QB Marcus Mariota has at his disposal.

While this is completely true, the one constant Mariota has in his offense is tight end (TE) Delanie Waker.

Walker is as consistent as they come. Whether it’s with Mariota or Zach Mettenberger or former QBs Charlie Whitehurst or Jake Locker, Walker manages to produce at least SOMETHING nearly every game. This season he’s averaging 12.85 fantasy points and has posted at least 12.20 points or more in all but one game.

With Kendall Wright likely sitting out and only Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas and rookie Dorial Green-Beckham as his other targets, Mariota will find Walker, and find him often. The former 49er has just one TD this season, but expect him to add to that total this Sunday in New Orleans when he faces a Saints defense giving up the sixth-most points to opposing TEs.

Defense/Special Teams

Philadelphia Eagles ($5,400)

The Eagles finished 2014 as the highest scoring fantasy defense (D/ST), and they’ve nearly mirrored that this year.

At 9.3 fantasy points per game, Philly is about three points behind last year’s pace, but that’s okay because they’re sitting at fourth overall and get a tasty matchup Sunday night vs. the downright rotten Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have lost five straight games since QB Tony Romo went down with a shoulder injury and are 2.5-point dogs at HOME this week.

This is a must-win game for both teams, but I give the Eagles the edge here. They have multiple playmakers on defense, including Malcolm Jenkins and Mychal Kendricks, and feature sack-masters Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin. They will also be getting back star linebacker Kiko Alonso, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury.

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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