Week 16 Punt Plays: One Giant Leap

Week 16 is here, and a 14-game slate awaits. The NFL’s regular season wraps up next week, but there’s still time to bask in DFS glory. Setting the perfect lineup will lead you to the promised land, but in order to do so, you must cut some corners when it comes to cost. Punting a couple positions is a necessary strategy if you want to assemble your very own dream team.

Here are Week 16’s top punt plays!


Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings ($10,200)

The Vikings’ second-year quarterback (QB) hasn’t been very good from a fantasy perspective this season. The former Louisville Cardinal is 23rd in total fantasy points among qualified QBs, and that’s led to a measly 13.88 FPs/game. But a matchup vs. the defenseless New York Giants is sure to make Bridgewater look like Brett Favre. Despite his poor season, he is coming off an outstanding 33-point showing vs. the Bears, and he should keep that momentum going against a Giants team that’s allowed the most points to opposing QBs over the past eight weeks. Adrian Peterson‘s ankle isn’t 100 percent and coach Mike Zimmer has hinted at sitting him, which means the Vikes could take to the air more often Sunday night.

Running Back

Denard Robinson, Jaguars ($10,100)

At $10,100, Denard Robinson isn’t a true “punt” here, but he’s still the 13th-highest priced running back (RB) on the board, which gives him cost-saving appeal. T.J. Yeldon (MCL) is still in a walking boot, and while Robinson popped up on Monday’s injury report, he was listed as a full participant in practice all week. The Jaguars face the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed the most point to opposing RBs in 2015, and Robinson has zero competition for carries in the Jacksonville backfield. “Shoelace”, as he is called, played every single snap for the Jags last week and should be in line for another heaping of carries and catches.

Wide Receiver

Rueben Randle, Giants ($7,000)

This is an easy one. Randle will become Eli Manning‘s main receiving target this week after Odell Beckham Jr.‘s one-game suspension was upheld on Wednesday. The Giants pass the ball 62.03 percent of the time — 11th-most in football — and they’re unlikely to deviate too much from that just because OBJ isn’t playing. Beckham’s 47 targets over the past five weeks rank him ninth in the league during that span, and somebody’s gonna have to take some of those on this week. So, why not Rueben Randle? He already has a touchdown in each of his last two games and in three of his last four.

Tight End

Eric Ebron, Lions ($5,700)

San Francisco has been pretty stingy vs. tight ends (TE) this season, giving up the 11th-fewest points to the position, but the Lions’ Eric Ebron will look to drop them in the ranks this week. With Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) done for the season, Ebron is now the main man at TE in Detroit. Ebron didn’t waste any time letting that be known, racking up 11.9 fantasy points on the strength of four catches and 79 yards receiving on Monday night vs. the Saints. The 49ers aren’t the cake matchup the Saints were, but the new and improved Lions’ offense has plenty of balls to go around, and Ebron should be good for at least a handful of catches and/or a touchdown.

Defense/Special Teams

Houston Texans ($5,600)

Marcus Mariota (MCL) is out for the remainder of the season, and that means Zach Mettenberger gets another start for Tennessee. Mettenberger was at the helm the last time the Texans faced the Titans, and it was a day to forget for the second-year QB. The former LSU Tiger was sacked seven times, lost a fumble and was picked off once, all while failing to lead the offense on a single touchdown drive. Though the Texans have to travel to Nashville for this one, it’s possible another 20-point performance is in the cards for Houston in Week 16.

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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