Every week there is a player at every position in fantasy football that manages to surprise with their output in a given week. Sometimes it is a player who can be found on waivers, others it is one who just might exceed the expectations you had. These articles won’t feature players like David Johnson or Antonio Brown, but hopefully it is one that could at times provide a player or two who helps with your lineup in a year long or DFS format.
QB: Brian Hoyer vs Panthers: In a year long league, Hoyer isn’t someone to consider unless you’re starting two quarterbacks, but he might be worth a flier in DFS if you aren’t wanting to pay up for the position. We’ve seen Kyle Shanahan’s offenses in action and they all have had the ability to put up points. Against a young Panther secondary, Hoyer might have the chance to do that. There is also the chance the 49ers would be playing from behind, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he turns in a nice fantasy day. Expect around 250 passing yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Danny Woodhead vs Bengals: Woodhead hasn’t been able to stay on the field much in recent years, but when he has the production is there. Now he goes to a Ravens team that doesn’t have a firm running back situation, and his pass catching could help him emerge as Joe Flacco’s safety valve. Did I mention the Bengals allowed over five catches a game to running backs last season and Vontaze Burfict will be out? In a PPR league, Woodhead should give you nice value even if it is on 15 or so total touches. Expect around 75 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Kendall Wright vs Falcons: While this isn’t a slam dunk option, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wright lead the Bears in receiving this year. In a game which might require them to pass often, Wright could see double digit targets which would reward anyone who uses him as a third receiver or flex option in deeper leagues. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Charles Clay vs Jets: With Sammy Watkins traded and Robert Woods leaving in free agency, someone in the Bills receiving corps will need to step up. While that very well could be someone like rookie Zay Jones, Clay has a favorable matchup in this one. If you’re someone who likes streaming tight ends on a week-to-week basis, Clay is one who could pay off. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Kai Forbath vs Saints: While the Saints defense looked improved this preseason, the potential for a kicker in a dome where the opportunity where his team could put up points often is tough to pass up. Forbath would serve as a solid streaming option in fantasy leagues, and could have a nice impact for the Vikings and your team. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DST: Falcons vs Bears: While I mentioned Wright earlier, there are some question marks regarding the Bears offense mainly how Mike Glennon will respond as the starting quarterback. This early in the year, targeting unknowns at quarterback play or those who we know aren’t good is usually a pretty sound strategy. The Bears and Glennon could make this plan backfire, but for this week the Falcons defense could make a solid streaming option.