Cardinals’ Carson Palmer is a Sneaky Play for Week 5
Carson Palmer @ Philadelphia Eagles: Over the last couple of weeks, Carson Palmer’s play on the field has started to pick up. With the weight of this offense being on his shoulders after the David Johnson injury, Palmer has somewhat answered the challenge. He has three straight games passing for over 300 yards, and with the Week 5 matchup against the Eagles’ secondary (which ranks in the bottom third in points allowed to quarterbacks), look for him to thrive. I expect this game to go back and forth with the Cardinals playing from behind throughout. Look for another 50-attempt day for Palmer, meaning plenty of opportunities to score. Plan for another 300-yard day from Palmer with a minimum of two scores in this game, making him worthy of a spot start in seasonal leagues, and a very good cheap option in DFS.
[caption id="attachment_259395" align="alignright" width="420"] Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has begun to carry the offense following the loss of David Johnson. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri[/caption]
Thomas Rawls @ Los Angeles Rams: Thomas Rawls has largely been a non-factor in the Seattle rushing attack this season with only five attempts for four yards. But now, with the injury to Chris Carson, it’s anyone’s guess as to who heads this backfield going forward. Facing a Rams defense that ranks last in points allowed to opposing running backs, I have a sneaky suspicion that Pete Carroll will go with the old faithful option in Rawls. He will be a hot pickup on waivers this week, and could immediately slide into your starting lineup as a Flex option. I expect for him to be a factor in this game to the tune of 80 yards rushing and a score, even behind a suspect Seahawks offensive line. Rawls could be that sneaky play in your DFS lineup that goes largely overlooked, but allows you to build at other positions to cash.
Randall Cobb @ Dallas Cowboys: With the uncertainty about whether Davante Adams plays in this week’s game, Cobb could find himself in a position to garner quite a few looks against a Cowboys secondary that is not surprisingly towards the bottom in points allowed to WRs. He has yet to register a 100-yard game, and only has one touchdown to this point. But I expect those numbers to improve this week. Dallas has been notoriously weak against slot receivers, and Aaron Rodgers is the type of QB who will attack a weakness. Look for Cobb to go over the 100-yard mark and score this week, making him a great option as your WR3/Flex. Also, he will be a low-owned DFS option, which could give you an edge to cash with your lineup.
Hunter Henry @ New York Giants: Hunter Henry was a player that I tabbed as being a bust in pre-season articles, and to this point in the season, he is making me look very smart. He has only nine catches so far on 10 targets with just one score. Coming into Week 5, if he is to ever get it going it has to be against a Giants defense that is the worst in points allowed to tight ends. If he doesn’t take advantage of this matchup due to the receivers being shut down, then Henry probably is worthy of being cut off your roster. I expect him to bring in five catches for 70 yards and a score here, making him worth the start in season-long leagues and a DFS play that I doubt anyone will be making.
Robbie Gould @ Indianapolis Colts: Gould will be one of the cheapest kickers on the board in Week 5, but could pay the biggest dividends. This 49ers offense isn’t terrible, and will be able to move the ball against the Colts’ defense. Gould will have a few opportunities to put up points in this game, which for his price makes him a very sneaky play in your DFS lineup.
Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens: Call this strictly a matchup based option here. The Raiders haven’t been blowing up the stat sheet on defense, but the Ravens offense has looked like it hasn’t found its way yet this season. Playing at home, I can see the crowd juicing up this defense, which could cause havoc for the Ravens all day. A number of sacks and a couple of turnovers are in store here, but the real gem could be the potential for a shutout. It’s a likely scenario and one that you could pay a cheap price for in DFS. It’s a very sneaky play for Week 5.
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