Starting at QB, I see no reason to use either option. Cam Newton has been inconsistent and certainly isn’t worth the $9,000 price. Mike Glennon has been solid, but even at $5,900, I don’t want a QB2 starting for me, especially against the league’s (arguably) best front seven. The RB situation is a mess. Doug Martin is out indefinitely, which could mean nice value for his replacement… normally. However, Mike James is a mid-level talent and unproven, making his $4,600 price a bit high for the upside play. And again, that Panthers front seven is beastly. DeAngelo Williams hasn’t been as good as he should be with no Jonathan Stewart, so even his $4,600 price isn’t extremely attractive. I do like Vincent Jackson quite a bit. Glennon targeted him 22 times last week, and if you are going to attack the Panthers, it’s through the air. The rest of the options don’t have enough upside given their prices: Steve Smith $6,000; Mike Williams $5,000; Brandon LaFell $4,600. At tight end, Greg Olsen in past years has been a PPR TE1, but this year hasn’t been the same. If his price were lower, I’d consider him, but not at $5,000. Tim Wright is a nice gamble if you really want the lottery pick. At $3,200, you can spend big elsewhere, but there is a lot of risk involved. If I’m going to spend big at D/ST, I might consider the Panthers, but I’d rather save the money and go a few hundred cheaper with the Bengals or even the Packers.
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