I had a family gathering this morning so I’m up against the clock here. As usual, there’s lots of news popping off this morning — Spencer Ware is active for the Chiefs, but he probably will only be an emergency back, boosting Charcandrick West and both Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller are active for the Bears, just to name a few notes.
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Carson Palmer’s expectations against the Eagles is on the rise, pushing him into our top-5 ahead of Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford, who were in their for our early rankings.
Of course, we still have Tyrod Taylor ahead of Palmer, in fourth place, and Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers in 8th and 9th place respectively. These are boom-or-bust rankings. Make an argument for either of those veteran QBs and count me in. However, I think Tyrod, Bortles and Stafford also have miles of upside.
The big news here is Javorius Allen sneaking into fourth place, in a home game against a tough Chiefs defense. He is a dual threat and should handle all of the backfield workload.
Adrian Peterson dropping from first to fifth, behind Allen, is also interesting. It’s the fantasy semifinals, so you can’t bench Adrian Peterson. Unless something in your gut was telling you to bench him in favor of Allen. In that case, these rankings should validate your gut.
It should be relatively easy to get Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffery and Calvin Johnson into the same lineup at Draft Kings. That’s a killer three-part combo at the top. Jeffery and Johnson are a bit of a surprise compared to the experts consensus at Fantasy Pros.
Jeremy Maclin at eighth is also quite a surprise, but I’ve talked about his opportunity quite a bit, including in our Draft Kings sleepers column.
This list isn’t so far out there we need a telescope to see it, but Jordan Reed over Rob Gronkowski for first place is going to make some people turn up their nose. Same type of player — more of a wide receiver than a tight end.
The other big one is Greg Olsen at 7th. It’s an amazing matchup and he’s going to play. I just foresee too many scenarios in which the Panthers are up big and they rest Olsen’s injury in the second half.