I had to talk myself into this one, and considering that was the case, I would recommend one of the premier quarterbacks this week (specifically Brady, Ryan, or Prescott.) But if you are looking for a bargain from the quarterback position to differentiate yourself from the crowd in a GPP tournament, look to the 37 year old veteran Carson Palmer. Palmer had a disastrous start to the season, but has regained his footing and been a consistent source of 16 to 21 fantasy points. With a revived rushing attack behind Adrian Peterson, Palmer no longer has to do it all, which helps his fantasy prospects immensely. The Rams have been strong against the pass, but are a bottom tier defense overall, and some AP runs should open up points for Palmer and the Cardinals.
I started this article with two Arizona Cardinals, just how you draw it up. First, a word of caution. Do not stack these two players. However, Adrian Peterson looked like a different running back last week, and at $6,300, you could do a lot worse than a player who is guaranteed to see 15 to 20 carries against a bottom five rush defense.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves on Henry's 19 rush, 131 yard performance last weekend against the Colts, there are three things to keep in mind. One, the Colts are atrocious, two, Demarco Murray is still the starter, and three, 72 yards of that total came on one play. That being said, the Titans said that they would get him more carries and they did, and the team will be committing to the run with Mariota hurt. Oh yeah, and they are playing the Browns. This is more of a tournament play than cash as there is serious bust potential, but the opportunities are here at a discounted price.
Did you know that Frank Gore is 7th all-time in rushing in the history of the NFL? That has nothing to do with this article, but I wanted you to know, because that is incredible. Anyway, his carries have been trending the wrong way the last two weeks, but this is a matchup that will guarantee him opportunities. The Jaguars have a top three pass defense and a bottom three run defense. The upside potential is low, but Gore represents a great cash game play with a high floor. Make him a cheap choice to add points and spend your additional allowance on big names.
The Giants will be running the ball from here on out, and Orleans Darkwa has taken control of the backfield. It was confusing to watch Denver get gashed by a team they should know was going to run, but that spells promise for Darkwa against another tough front in Seattle. One note: It's worth monitoring Paul Perkins this week as he will likely eat into Darkwa's carries if he returns, but without him Darkwa makes an interesting pick at a low price point.
Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins are the better known commodities for the upstart Los Angeles Rams, but it's Robert Woods that has been the most productive and active wide receiver. He leads the team in targets with 39 (compared to Kupp's 33 and Watkins' 25) and yards and has been Goff's go to option in three of the last four games. This is obviously a boom bust pick better for tournament play, and Woods hasn't found the end zone yet, but Patrick Peterson will likely shadow Sammy Watkins leaving Woods room to prosper.
Rishard Matthews will not win you a fantasy week, but he is one of the most consistent wide receivers in the entire league. Even though he was out gained by Eric Decker last week, he remains Marcus Mariota's preferred target and is a virtual lock for 5 catches and 60 yards. Again, this is low upside, so he is a cash game money saver, but that low price and favorable matchup against the Browns makes him an ideal choice.
What's your 40 time? Pretty good? Can you catch a football? Then you might have what it takes to play wide receiver for the New York Giants. In all seriousness, the wide receiver situation in New York is dire, and last week's highest catch total behind Evan Engram's five was a running back's two catches for five yards. This isn't an ideal matchup, but Engram is the only weapon left in the Giants passing game, and will have the targets to prove it. His eighth spot ranking and cost of $5,500 is a steal.
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