More than ever with the emergence of daily fantasy sites, fantasy football has become an even bigger part of the modern fans experience. Regardless of what form it is, you still need to find out ways to max out your roster. Hopefully over the course of the year, I’ll give you a few players who can be on your bench or on waivers that could swing a week for you. To those of you who are new to these, I don’t say to start guys like Eddie Lacy or Dez Bryant. Rather I focus on under the radar players with favorable matchups who could also be bargains in daily fantasy games.
QB: Carson Palmer vs Saints: This early in the year without bye weeks, you’re going to start whatever quarterback you drafted. But Palmer could be a very nice play in daily leagues as he doesn’t come at a high price but the matchup has potential for top-tier statistics. The Saints secondary is already banged up and was vulnerable to big plays last year. Bruce Arians offenses love to throw the ball vertically, so Palmer is probably going to hit on at least a few plays to make it worth your while. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Doug Martin vs Titans: There might not have been a running back who improved their fantasy stock in the preseason as much as Martin. He looked like his old self and could end up being one of the best value picks when we look back at fantasy drafts at years end. Against a Titans defense that struggled against the run where the Buccaneers could be in a situation to milk the clock, now is the time to jump on the Martin bandwagon before it’s too late. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Allen Robinson vs Panthers: Even with some unknown to how Blake Bortles will carry over his preseason play, Robinson is worth a look this week as a third wideout and in daily leagues. With Julius Thomas out, Robinson figures to have at least ten or so throws headed in his direction against a Panthers secondary that still has some question marks. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Tyler Eifert vs Raiders: Eifert is one of my favorite breakout picks this season and he starts off right away with a favorable matchup. The Raiders struggled covering opposing tight ends in 2014 and Eifert has the size/ability to make big plays between the twenties and the red zone. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Chandler Catanzaro vs Saints: Catanzaro turned into a solid fantasy option last year and in what could be a shootout, has some value this week. Kicking at home in an indoor stadium only helps his cause. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Chiefs vs Texans: While going against DeAndre Hopkins without top corner Sean Smith could make some people back-off, there is a lot to like here. Alfred Blue isn’t going to be able to make up for everything Arian Foster can contribute and Brian Hoyer hasn’t fully proven himself as a starting quarterback. If you need a defense that might be on waivers, the Chiefs are one to target. Expect around three sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception.