It’s always fun to get something very productive for a discount.
Sure. The new iPhone is very popular, does multiple things and is extremely effective. However, you have to pay top dollar for that production, and some people just aren’t comfortable with that. However, you can also get a different phone that has apps, games, internet and, get this, can make phone calls. You just don’t see cell phones doing that these days.
When it comes to fantasy football, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are the iPhones, while someone like Carson Palmer serves as the lower tier smart phone. There are plenty of other smart phones on the market that can return significant value.
Let’s go bargain hunting.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals– I wrote about Palmer in-depth in my Cardinals team preview, but the more I research, the more I like Palmer as a streaming option throughout the season. Sure, he threw a career-high 22 interceptions last year, but a large part of it was due to a poor offensive line. He ranked inside the top-10 in sacks among passers, and according to Pro Football Focus, Palmer was under pressure on 40 percent of his dropbacks, the sixth-most in football. And when he was under pressure, he tossed three touchdowns and 15 interceptions, compared to 21-7 when seeing a clean pocket. Arizona’s line should be much better, as they acquired Jared Veldheer and Jonathan Cooper will be healthy this year. He has the weapons and some strong matchups this year, despite playing in the NFC West.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals– Dalton was shockingly the 5th-best fantasy quarterback last year, but greatly benefited from some favorable matchups. And, as Denny Carter pointed out using the RotoViz Game Split App, Dalton has always been money against bottom-ranked pass defenses, but weak against good secondaries, making him an ideal streaming option. Carter states that Dalton averaged just 16 fantasy points per game in 18 contests against top-10 pass defenses, but 23.4 points per game in 30 games against bottom-ranked pass defenses. Dalton has strong weapons in the passing game, and has a few matchups to target for streaming purposes.
Eli Manning, New York Giants– The nice way to describe Eli’s 2013 campaign was– he lacked confidence. A lot of confidence, actually, as he went on to toss just 18 touchdowns and an insane 27 interceptions. He didn’t have great chemistry with his receivers, saw pressure in his face quite a bit and often forced throws. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo looks to fix this offense with his fast-paced style, and worked with an elite passer in Green Bay in Aaron Rodgers as the Packers quarterback coach. Manning still has some weapons to work with, and the guy is a two-time Super Bowl champion. And Manning was a top-seven fantasy option just two short years ago. I’m not saying he’ll return to that level again, but he can’t be worse than last year, and playing the NFC East twice is very fantasy friendly.
Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers– McCown was tremendous for the Bears last year, and if you combined he and Jay Cutler’s numbers from 2013, you have the third-best fantasy quarterback. Of course, he greatly benefited from throwing to some monsters in Marshall and Jeffery, but he now has three new monsters to utilize. A forest in the receiving corp, Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will provide huge targets for McCown in the passing game, and McCown could see plenty of touchdowns in this offense. Granted, Tedford is more of a run-heavy coach, passing on 46 percent of plays in college, while rushing almost 37 times per game. Still, I think this Bucs offense has great potential, and McCown could be a sneaky fantasy passer.