(AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

QB: Carson Palmer – $6500

None of the quarterbacks, with the exception of Alex Smith, are all that cheap this week, so it’s hard to call Palmer at $6500 a value pick. That being said, out of the eight quarterbacks playing this weekend, Carson is the sixth most expensive. I like the sound of that. Palmer and the Cardinals are playing at home after a week off against a Packers team that has been very inconsistent on defense. It’s hard to envision a game script that doesn’t involve Palmer moving the ball through the air quite a bit, even if Rodgers goes off. Palmer and the Cards have had one of the most prolific offenses in the league this year. Stack Palmer with guys like John Brown and enjoy the results.

RB: Steven Jackson – $3300

Oh, the torture of picking a Patriots running back. There is no way to anticipate what the Patriots are going to do with their backs, but it seems (huge emphasis on that) that Jackson is the primary “runner” in the offense. I don’t expect him to get a ton of carries, but the Patriots should be able to move the ball at a decent pace, even if they get a hot Chiefs defense. With a couple of goal line carries possible for S-Jax, he presents a cheap contrarian play that could make the difference in tournaments if things break his way.

(USA Today Sports)
(USA Today Sports)

 

WR: Albert Wilson – $3800 Steal of the Week

This pick is only partially contingent on Maclin playing this weekend, as there is no way Maclin is at full strength by Saturday. Whether Maclin is on the field or not, I see Wilson being the guy getting the majority of the passing looks on the offense outside of Travis Kelce. The Patriots haven’t been able to defend the pass all that well this year, so I like the idea of having a top passing option at a price below $4000. As with all value plays, there is the chance that he disappoints in a big way. However, when considering the lack of options for Alex Smith, Wilson has a decent shot at finding the end zone and picking up a good share of receptions.

TE: Heath Miller – $3200

Same pick as last week, and the reasons for the pick remain the same: top red zone threat for an elite quarterback on a top passing offense. Obviously, playing on the road against a Denver defense that shut him down the last time they played doesn’t create the best metrics for the pick, but Denver hasn’t traditionally been all that strong against opposing tight ends. As a whole, I recommend spending on guys like Gronkowski this week, but Heath is the way to go if you’re looking to save at tight end.

DST: Steelers – $3600

Not exactly a prolific defense by any means, the Steelers are coming off of two double-digit fantasy performances on defense. Admittedly, those points came from games against the Browns and the Bengals, but it’s not like the Steelers are going up against the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ this week either. The Broncos offense is 26th against opposing defenses, a number that is actually slightly inflated by the performance of Brock Osweiler. When led by Peyton Manning, the Broncos offense has been anemic, and there’s no reason to assume that this will get any better with his recent return to the starting lineup. Add this to the often disappointing end to a Peyton season in the playoffs, and the Steelers have a chance to surprise come Sunday.

Kyle Kirby covers fantasy football for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @couch_qb.

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