Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer have played very well in recent weeks despite being ignored on the wire in many leagues.
Analysis: Roethlisberger has 9 touchdown passes to just 3 interceptions in his last three games. During that stretch he has thrown for 971 yards and he has done it against competent defenses(NE/BUF/DET). Although the Steelers are still not running the ball well they remain committed to the run which has made things a bit more manageable for Ben. As it stands now Ben is available in 15-20% of fantasy leagues. Up next for Roethlisberger is the Browns in week twelve followed by the Ravens.
Carson Palmer is on a hot streak of his own. The Cards have won three straight games and Palmer has thrown 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in that span. Today he threw for 419 yards against the Jags, completing 30 of his 42 passes. Up next for Palmer is Indy this coming week followed by Philly. Palmer still has the Rams, Seahawks and Niners left which aren’t great match-ups but we will see where his level of play is after the Indy and Philly games. He is available in 50-90% of fantasy leagues.
Rookie EJ Manuel has more fantasy points than Tony Romo, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson through the first two weeks of the season.
Analysis: EJ has been impressive thus far but he’s not a QB1 yet. His first two starts have been at home and this week against a solid Jets defense in New York we will see if EJ can sustain his current 95.9 passer rating which is a top ten mark. EJ is available in 60-90% of fantasy leagues but the hype machine is out in full force. It does appear that the Bills have a franchise/oft-injured quarterback on their hands, but the “fantasy reality” is that he’s strictly a QB2.
Although Cam Newton has not played well thus far he will outrush Manuel by several hundred yards this year. Yes, EJ is athletic and has a similar body type but expect about 250 rushing yards from the rookie. The fact is Sam Bradford, Andy Dalton and Philip Rivers are all playing very well which hurts Manuel’s value. Aside from Rivers(who is a must own) and Dalton another widely available QB to watch is as always Mr. Carson Palmer. Palmer is on the road in New Orleans this week- expect a pass happy affair.
Oakland tight end Brandon Myers caught 14 balls for 130 yards and a score Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: Brandon Myers has caught at least five balls in seven of his last eight contests and he has four touchdowns in his last five games. He isn’t a sexy fantasy player but he is a Raider tight end and that is a great thing to be at the moment. Oakland does not even have a semblance of a running game. Carson Palmer has thrown at least 40 passing attempts in five of his last seven games and no one is benefiting more than one Brandon Myers. Myers was targeted 15 times Sunday and has 38 targets over his last four games. All this twenty-seven year old does is produce these days.
Keeping his huge game Sunday in mind it is a must to pick Brandon Myers up now if you even have a chance to. He is outperforming the majority of the tight ends in the NFL and only four weeks are left in the season to capitalize. He’s available in over seventy percent of leagues and he may reach 1,000 receiving yards this year… unbelievable!
Carson Palmer is still available in one-third of fantasy leagues as he continues to rack up the numbers.
Analysis: The Raiders may have been thumped in week ten but Carson Palmer continues to light up the fantasy scoreboard. He’s now passed for 6 touchdowns and 782 passing yards over the past two games. He put up 368 yards and two scores against Baltimore Sunday and now has the Saints in week eleven. The Saints can score in bunches so expect Palmer to be airing it out as the Oakland defense continues to struggle.
Palmer now ranks 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, 10th in touchdown passes and 2nd in passing attempts. This is all a recipe for fantasy success but Carson continues to fly under the radar. I’m sure there will be stories this week on how great Christian Ponder is and how Colin Kaepernick is a fantasy revelation in the wake of Alex Smith’s concussion but Palmer simply has the numbers to back it up. With a week eleven matchup at home against the Saints you have to like Palmer for 300 plus yards and two touchdown passes or you could roll the dice with Cam Newton and hope for the best.
Carson Palmer is playing some solid and consistent football yet he’s not getting much love from the fantasy world.
Analysis: Palmer has thrown for an average of 293 yards per game and has 5 touchdowns with 2 interceptions through three games this season. He makes a great QB2 and he’s still available in plenty of leagues out there.
It is becoming rather apparent that Oakland is an unbalanced passing team, Darren McFadden has yet to carry the ball twenty times in one game this year as the Raiders rank second to last in the NFL in rushing attempts per game. With Palmer out there slingin’ it every week and not throwing tons of picks, he makes a better fantasy option than a Kevin Kolb or an Alex Smith. Palmer’s quarterback rating sits at 89.3, just above his career average and his best(at the moment) since his 2005-2007 Cincy days.
The Raiders are simply passing the ball too much and fantasy owners need to take notice. Palmer is second in the league in passing attempts while Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 42 fewer balls this year. Palmer is one dangerous quarterback when he’s not making mistakes and at the moment he isn’t making many.