Week 10 Punt Plays: Kamar, Kamar, Kamar, Kamar, Kamar, Chameleon

Saving salary in the right places is one way to maximize your lineup’s potential. You only have $100,000 to spend, so you have to cut costs in some areas. “Punting” a roster spot is one strategy that can help you achieve this. You don’t want to throw points out the window though, so it’s important that the guys you choose can also get you decent production.

Here are Week 10’s top punt plays.

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins, Redskins ($10,200)

The Saints pass defense is 30th in football, allowing 292.2 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks (QB). They’ve also given up 24 passing touchdowns, which is dead last in the NFL and five more than the next worst team (Tampa Bay).

Kirk Cousins isn’t a great QB. He’s not even a good one. But against this defense he should be able to put up points. He has a big weapon in Jordan Reed and a couple of good receivers in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, who returned last week after missing six games with a hamstring injury.

Drew Brees has the Saints offense rolling and opposing teams have had to go to the air to keep up. Over the last three weeks, the Saints have allowed 29.4, 41.5 and 36.4 points to Andrew Luck, Eli Manning and Marcus Mariota, respectively.

Running Back

Ryan Mathews, Eagles ($6,800)

It’s not often that two running backs (RB) can succeed in the same offense, but Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray have been able to do so in 2015.

Murray has been solid this season, but you could argue that Mathews has been equally as good. Though they both have four touchdowns, Mathews has outgained Murray 409 to 390 and has a better yards per carry average (6.1 to Murray’s 3.7). An above-average coach would be giving Mathews more opportunities, but Chip Kelly isn’t that, and Mathews has inexplicably seen 39 less carries than Murray.

Despite Mathews being the second fiddle, his fantasy game hasn’t suffered. He’s coming off 21.1- and 12.7-point performances and will face a Dolphins defense allowing the third-most points to opposing RBs over the past four weeks as well as the eighth-most on the season.

Wide Receiver

Kamar Aiken, Ravens ($9,000)

Steve Smith‘s unfortunate injury has left QB Joe Flacco with limited offensive options. Justin Forsett will have an increased workload, but it leaves Kamar Aiken as the “go-to” guy in the pass game.

Aiken performed well when Smith missed Week 5 with a back injury, catching four passes for 78 yards. In fact, even with Smith around, Aiken has posted fewer than 11 fantasy points just twice since Week 1.

Being Flacco’s most trustworthy receiving option will have its perks, and facing Jacksonville’s bad pass defense (3rd-worst last 4 weeks) should yield profitable results. He was peppered with nine targets in that Week 5 matchup versus the Browns.

Tight End

Eric Ebron, Lions ($6,400)

Eric Ebron has really blossomed after a disappointing rookie season. Even though he missed two games, the sophomore tight end (TE) heads into Week 10 as the 16th-best tight end in fantasy, and 11th-best on a per game average.

The Lions go on the road to take on the Packers this week in a game that features an 11.5-point spread — largest for the week. This means the Lions will be playing from behind, which is usually beneficial to the guys catching the balls. The Packers have been terrible versus TEs of late, giving up the seventh-most points per game over the last four weeks.

Defense/Special Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers ($6,000)

There’s hope that Josh McCown will be able to suit up for Sunday’s game, but coach Mike Pettine is DFS players in the dark. This means that Johnny Manziel could be in line for his second straight start.

While that may limit the Steelers’ sack potential, it increases the opportunities for turnovers and likely decreases the Browns’ scoring output. Pittsburgh has quietly posted three double-digit fantasy point totals in their last four games, and in four of their last six. Opposing teams always have a difficult time at Heinz Field and the Browns should be in for a tough one this week.

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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