Sunday’s Fantasy Football Players to Watch – NFL Week 7

The NFL goes in it’s 7th week of play. Sunday’s action starts in London with the Giants taking on the Rams (Enter Contests). The Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers will enter their bye weeks. Here are the names that are down for big results this weekend for fantasy football.

QB Matt Ryan & WR Julio Jones – Atlanta Flacons (vs SD)

Atlanta boasts the league’s top offense, averaging 441.5 total yards and 33.2 points, but has failed to hit either mark in the last two games. Ryan and Julio Jones have developed into the league’s most prolific passing duo. Ryan has averaged 369.3 passing yards and thrown nine touchdown passes over his last four home games.

QB Derek Carr, WR Michael Crabtree & WR Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (at JAX)

The trio of Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper continue to carry Oakland offensively. The quarterback enters Week 7 tied for fifth in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes and has thrown only three interceptions, which is a league-low among signal-callers with at least 225 passing attempts. Crabtree shares the league lead with five receiving TDs and Cooper is averaging 16.3 yards per catch while ranking fourth with 585 overall. Cooper is seeking his third straight overall contest with at least 100 receiving yards. Expect the Raiders to be pumped up, as it is coach Jack Del Rio first return to Jacksonville since being fired as the Jaguars’ coach in 2011.

QB Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams (vs NYG in London)

Los Angeles’ big problem at the beginning of the season was the offense, but quarterback Case Keenum and company have been doing more than enough to win of late. Keenum threw for 321 yards and completed 19 straight passes at one point against Detroit last week.

TE Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (vs CLE)

One of the biggest issues for Cincinnati has been its struggles in the end zone, a problem that could be rectified with the potential season debut of tight end Tyler Eifert, who hauled in 13 touchdown passes last season. Three of them came in one game versus Cleveland.

TE Hunter Henry – San Diego Thunder (at ATL)

San Diego TE Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games.

RB David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (vs SEA)

Arizona featured one of the league’s top passing attacks last season, but second-year running back David Johnson has altered the team’s offensive identity by rushing for 268 yards and five touchdowns over the past two games, giving him a league-best eight scores on the ground. Johnson could be in for a heavy workload if the Cardinals have to turn to Drew Stanton, who threw for 124 yards on 11-of-28 passing in place of Palmer in a Week 5 win at San Francisco. The running back is the first player in franchise history with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the season’s first six games.

 

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Cardinals (1-3) vs 49ers (1-3)

The Arizona Cardinals are plagued by turnovers of late. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers (Enter contests). With veteran Carson Palmer ruled out due to concussion, Stanton will be left looking to conjure the magic that saw him pull a 5-3 mark out of his hat during a stint in 2014.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS

Stanton struggled mightily in taking over for the concussed Palmer on Sunday, completing just 4-of-11 passes in a 17-13 setback to Los Angeles and his two interceptions upped Arizona’s turnover total to nine during its two-game skid. Arizona has not scored in the first quarter this season and was blanked over the first 15 minutes of a contest in six straight dating to 2015.

David Johnson (64 carries, 300 yards, three TDs) leads the NFL with 510 yards from scrimmage and has recorded 100 or more total yards in all four contests this season and eight of his last nine games. Johnson amassed 124 from scrimmage (83 rushing, 41 receiving) versus the Rams, but the workload was decidedly different in last year’s season series with San Francisco (15 carries, 46 yards). The 24-year-old is spelled by Andre Ellington, as veteran Chris Johnson (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Tyvon Branch is also placed on injured reserves. Fellow safety Tyrann Mathieu will temporarily move to the slot while D.J. Swearinger plays in nickel packages. Cardinals LBs Chandler Jones and Markus Golden each have recorded a sack in all four contests this season.

ABOUT THE 49ERS

The 49ers had no such issue against the Rams with a 28-0 season-opening shellacking, but the defense of Chip Kelly’s club summarily has been shredded to the tune of 458.3 yards and 35.7 points per contest during its three-game losing streak. To add injury to insult, four-time NFL All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman sustained a torn left Achilles in Sunday’s 24-17 setback to Dallas and will miss the rest of the season.

San Francisco collected eight takeaways in its first three games to provide a helping hand for the NFL’s 28th-ranked offense, which scored a league-best 45 points off the turnovers after mustering an NFL-worst 25 for the entire 2015 season. The 49ers failed to force a turnover versus the Cowboys on Sunday and Blaine Gabbert’s fourth interception of the season ended his team’s bid for an upset. Carlos Hyde (73 carries, 299 yards, NFC-best five TDs) is averaging 4.9 yards per rush over his last two games, but got limited to just 51 yards in a 47-7 loss at Arizona on Sept. 27. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who had six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown last week, leads the team in catches (18) and receiving yards (202).

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Conference Championship Round Daily Fantasy Football Review

The Conference Championship round tasted bittersweet on multiple levels. As a fan of traditional Fantasy Football, Cam Newton’s 382 total yards and 4 touchdowns put the icing on his 2015 breakout cake, virtually guarantying SuperCam will be over drafted next season. I’ll be waiting on Quarterback once again next year, watching Cam, Russell Wilson and others being taken a round or two early, finding value in the later rounds.

The New England Patriots fan in me couldn’t help but notice the glaring weakness in both the running game and downfield passing game. James White did his best James White impression, looking good enough to contribute as a Daily Fantasy Football value player but requiring a big play or TD in order to help his team win in both an NFL and DFS matchup. White, who finished with a respectable 56 total yards and 5 receptions, allowed several downfield throws from Brady slip through his arms that may have changed the outcome for owners.

The NFL fan side of things couldn’t help but appreciate the drama of this season’s Peyton Manning journey coming to a head with a 2 touchdown, zero interception performance vs. his long time rival. Manning connected with the DFS value play of the day, Owen Daniels on both scores. Daniels presented owners with a cheap option at the TE position, enabling to spend up elsewhere.

As an avid DFS player and fan of sites like Fanpicks.com, Rob Gronkowski certainly returned value for me as the Chuck Norris of the NFL world hauled in 8 passes for 144 yards and a crucial touchdown late in the game. Gronk and Daily Fantasy Football fans have experienced a roller coaster relationship this season but he was without question the top Tight End going into the weekend and didn’t disappoint.

C.J. Anderson broke a 30 yard run in the second half which enabled him to slightly return value with his 90 total yards and 3 receptions. (Remember Ronnie Hillman?) Julian Edelman and Emmanuel Sanders both did just enough to not personally cost you your matchup but neither performed to the level DFS owners have come to expect. Edelman finished with 7 for 53 while Sanders hauled in 5 for 62.

The Greg Olsen and Cam stack has been a smart DFS play all year and this weekend it paid off yet again as Olsen came away with 6 receptions and 113 yards. The DFS tournament play of the week came in the form of, not former Arizona Cardinal Ted Ginn Jr. but of fellow wide out Corey Brown. Brown, aided by an 86 yarder, totaled 113 yards and a touchdown on 4 receptions.

Surprise Performances

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Palmer was absolutely dreadful on the day, reverting back to the player whom once upon a time was so easy to bet against. Palmer had the best season of his career in 2015 but for Arizona fans and DFS owners who placed faith in the quasi ginger, any positive memories we had disappeared like a fart in the wind as Palmer threw interception after interception, finishing with 4 in total.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Johnson was widely considered to be a safe play this weekend due to volume but more than delivered on that label, especially in PPR formats. Johnson finished with 9 receptions and a touchdown to go along with his 128 total yards as he finished a clear number one at the RB position this weekend. The Panthers defense was enough of a threat to consider fading Johnson in tournaments but that strategy failed, miserably, just like our next group.

The Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers

Terrible.

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Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers 1/24/16 Preview & Picks

  • At 6:40 pm, the 15-1 Panthers will host the 13-3 Arizona Cardinals in a contest of two true powerhouses.

How can we not be excited? This will be the very first time two Heisman-winning quarterbacks face each other in an NFL playoff game. Cameron Newton, as he likes to be called from time-to-time won it along with a National Championship while at Auburn and the veteran Carson Palmer claimed his trophy while starring at USC over a decade ago.

Both Qbs have been monsters this season and have heavy MVP consideration. Newton may be the favorite as his brash style gets the media all giddy, but Palmer is the better thrower. His aerial distribution has been so impressive, as all four WRs have had moments in the sun.

Larry Fitzgerald leads that group, though he’s been “old and washed-up” for a couple of years now…right. He was an animal on that 75-yard catch and run in OT last week and should get his fair share of chances again today. Josh Norman usually stays on his side and still has Michael Floyd, John Brown and occasionally J.J. Nelson to worry about.

Floyd was a beast himself, scoring a pair of touchdown last week. His size and speed will be VERY hard for guys like Cortland Finnegan or Robert McClain to handle. They are weak nickel backs at this point in their careers, and if Floyd played a full season he would have been among the league leaders at his position.

John Brown gets alot of hype for his flash, but his toughness is so impressive for a smaller receiver and he should eat up his matchup as well.

Rookie sensation RB David Johnson is a little banged up, but he is a tank and should pound out some hard yards against this stout Panthers D. As a former WR, his hands and ability in the open field make him a dangerous weapon, so watch for at least five targets with him coming out of the backfield as they will want to avoid that D-Line,

Tedd Ginn Jr has been fantastic all season for Carolina, but he has been dealing with a knee issue since Week 16 and a matchup with Patrick Peterson may be too much for the smaller Ginn to handle.

Greg Olsen always gets his fair share of targets from Cam Newton. The TE is probably how the Panthers want to attack this All-Star Cardinals D squad as their outside coverage will be tight. Five catches for just under 100 yards and a score is my guess.

Jonathan Stewart (foot, ankle) had himself a day last week against the Seahawks. 19 carries for 106 yards and two TDs versus that defense is no joke, but neither is this Cardinals front-seven. Stewart is pretty consistent and has that big-game ceiling.

AdviceThis will be a hard fought game, but Michael Floyd is in line to be the X-factor with 120 yards and another pair of scores over various Panthers DBs. Larry Fitzgerald is Mr. Playoffs but he could see alot of Josh Norman which may limit his yardage. At RB even as a rookie, David Johnson has been my money man all season.

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Green Bay Packers versus Arizona Cardinals NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks 1-16-2016

 

The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs will feature in prime time the Arizona Cardinals hosting the Green Bay Packers. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to NBC TV on Saturday January 16th at 8:15PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day real money leagues.

 

This is a rematch of the regular season meeting between these teams back on December 27th. It was all Arizona as they crushed the Packers 38-8 at home. The Cardinals got a great performance on both sides of the ball. Carson Palmer passed for 265 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. It was a three headed monster for the Cardinals running game as they rushed for 121 yards. The Arizona defense had a fantastic game by limiting the Packers to just 178 yards and registered nine quarterback sacks.

 

Arizona is on a bye week as the number two seed in the playoffs. They possess the number one rated offense in the NFL as they gain 408 yards per game. They average 30.6 points per game which is second best in the league. The Cardinals has been outstanding on the defensive end as they limit opponents to 321 yards per game.

 

Green Bay is only the 25th ranked passing team in the NFL. They have not been able to overcome the injury of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The Packers defense has performed well as they sit sixth best in the league in pass defense by giving up 227 yards passing per game. They went 0-2 to close out the regular season scoring just eight points at Arizona and 13 points at home to Minnesota to close the regular season. The team improved off those two dull efforts with the 35-18 road victory in the NFC Wildcard game last week against the Washington Redskins. The Packers moved the football on the Redskins defense for 210 yards passing and two touchdowns thrown by Aaron Rodgers with 141 yards rushing. The difference in the game came in the red zone. Green Bay was 4 of 5 while Washington was 1-4. That is a huge swing as the Redskins were able to move the football through the air in the passing game with Kirk Cousins passing for 329 yards. Arizona is better in the red zone in scoring and defending than the Washington Redskins. The Cardinals would be the preferred playmaker choices from this playoff meeting.

 

Green Bay Packers QB:

 

Aaron Rodgers

 

The Packers wide receivers have been graded by NFL scouts as being the slowest off the line of scrimmage of any unit in the league. It will be hard to hear the snap count for Green Bay at a noisy Cardinals stadium in this playoff game. In the playoff win last week at Washington Rodgers completed 58.3% of his throws for 210 yards with two touchdowns. He has touchdown passes in ten straight games and he has thrown for multiple touchdowns in six of ten games. Pass protection will be vital in this game for Green Bay as Rodgers took nine sacks last times these two teams met.

 

Green Bay Packers RB:

 

Eddie Lacy

 

Lacy is splitting carries with James Starks. That does not offer fantasy value. Last week Lacy had 12 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown for 5.3 yards per carry. But the issue is Lacy is receiving an average of only 12 carries over his past four games.

 

Green Bay Packers WR:

 

James Jones

 

The veteran wide out for the Packers has caught 50 balls for 890 yards with eight touchdowns. Jones had seven grabs last week for Green Bay for 81 yards. In Week 17, Jones had 102 receiving yards with four catches.

 

Arizona Cardinals QB:

 

Carson Palmer

 

The veteran quarterback for Arizona is coming off an outstanding regular season. He has been injury free starting all 16 games. Palmer is completing 63.7% of his passing for 4671 yards with 35 touchdowns and 11 picks. The yardage and touchdown passes are all career highs.

 

Arizona Cardinals RB:

 

David Johnson

 

The Cardinals have been hit hard with injuries to their running back position. Johnson has 125 carries for 581 yards with eight touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry average. He had a three touchdown performance at Philadelphia in Week 15.

 

Arizona Cardinals WR:

 

John Brown

 

Brown is a big play receiver for the Cardinals. He has caught 65 passes for 1003 yards and seven touchdowns with 15.4 yards per catch average.

 

NFL Playoffs Real Money Football Fantasy League Picks

 

QB: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

RB: David Johnson (Cardinals)

WR: John Browns (Cardinals)

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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NFL Week 14 Value Picks

Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston (NO @ TB) Based on season averages, New Orleans still maintains the second most passing yards allowed (average 287 passing yards per game) in the NFL, only beat by the Giants (average 314 passing yards per game). While they gave the Panthers a good game last week in what was probably their most impressive showing this season, they still allowed 331 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns. Winston has been consistently getting decent number of passing yards and if he can connect with Evans, Jackson, or Seferian-Jenkins for a couple passing touchdowns, he could be a big value pick for the week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Ten @ NYJ) Fitzpatrick is coming off of two big fantasy performances in a row with 277 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns two weeks ago and 390 passing yards with 2 passing touchdowns last week. While Tennessee ranks somewhat low in passing yards allowed with an average of 230 per game, Fitzpatrick is hot and he has his two weapons in Marshall and Decker.

Running Backs

David Johnson (Min @ Ari) Johnson is now the primary running back in a team that used to split the play time between three. He showed he could handle the role last week with 99 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. Minnesota has allowed an average of 116 rushing yards per game and the majority of those should go to Johnson, with Kerynn Williams taking his share as well.

Bilal Powell (Ten @ NYJ) Although classified as a running back, Powell produced his value last week with receptions and reception yards. He ran for only 17 yards but has 8 receptions for 91 yards and a receiving touchdown. He is a good value stack with Fitzpatrick this week.

Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones (Pit @ Cin) Pittsburgh is also very high on the list of passing yards allowed with an average of 275 passing yards allowed per game. Marvin Jones has proved to be one of Dalton’s favorite targets and Dalton has been on his game lately. Jones still comes at a very cheap price and he has a high upside this week against the Steelers.

Vincent Jackson (NO @ TB) While Evans may be the receiver getting the most attention from this team, Jackson has been quietly generating good fantasy value. The Saints weak secondary does not have much depth, so Jackson may be able to sneak away with a couple long balls undetected.

Tight Ends

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (NO @ TB) Seferian-Jenkins has a high potential for fantasy value and his salary is very low. He is a good stack to use with Winston for this week against the weak Saints defense. Seferian-Jenkins was limited last week but should see an increase in play time and targets this week.

Antonio Gates (SD @ KC) Rivers has been struggling as of late after a hot start to the season. He has been somewhat limited with injuries to his top receivers, but that has served to give Gates much more targets, especially in the red zone. If Rivers can get his game going again, Gates has good upside potential this week.

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Minnesota Vikings versus Arizona Cardinals Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-10-2015

A pair of playoff contenders will be showcased on Thursday Night Football as the Arizona Cardinals will be home to the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Fantasy League GM’s can tune to CBS TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 10th to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to rebound after a bad 38-7 home defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks defense did a very good job of taking running back Adrian Peterson out of the game by stacking the line. This forced Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to beat the Seahawks linebackers and secondary. It was no contest as Bridgewater likes to lob up passes and lead his receivers to run under balls. He doesn’t have the arm strength and accuracy to throw in tight windows yet and that weakness was exposed greatly by the Seahawks defense last week. They fell to a flat footed tie with the Packers in the division at 8-4. The team is 31st and second worst in the NFL in passing offense by throwing for 179 yards per game. Minnesota could be very vulnerable in this game as they lose the services of four of their starters on defense due to getting injured in the physical battle with Seattle. It is tough to play the Seahawks but even worse when you have a Thursday night game after playing them on the previous Sunday.

 

The Arizona Cardinals enter play with a record of 10-2 and can clinch the NFC West with a win and a loss by the Seahawks on Sunday. The team came off a dominating victory last week to the St Louis Rams 27-3 and they get revenge from an earlier home loss to the Rams at home. The Cardinals have performed very well on both ends of the field. They are the top scoring team in the NFL as they put up nearly 32 points per game. They are third in the league in passing offense as they throw for 299 yards per game. Teams score just 19.3 points per game on the Cardinals which is fourth best in the NFL. We are going to make a case here to select the Arizona Cardinals defense. This is a play against the Minnesota Vikings offense for the second straight week. It is another nightmare matchup for the Vikings as they will take Adrian Peterson out of the game and expose the weakness of Teddy Bridgewater in threading the needle.

 

Arizona Cardinals QB:

 

Carson Palmer

 

The veteran quarterback is completing 64% of his throws this season for 3693 yards with 29 touchdowns and 9 picks. He threw for 356 yards with two touchdowns last week in the win at St Louis. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.

 

Arizona Cardinals RB:

 

David Johnson

 

The rookie from Northern Iowa was called into action with injuries to the Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson. David Johnson ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on his 24 carries.

 

Arizona Cardinals WR:

 

Larry Fitzgerald

 

Fitzgerald is leading the Cardinals with 91 catches for 1047 yards with seven touchdowns. He is averaging 11.5 yards per catch on the campaign.

 

Minnesota Vikings QB:

 

Teddy Bridgewater

 

The second year quarterback still has some development work to get better in this league. He has some good qualities and can complete passes to open receivers. But when the opponent can stop the run and the coverage is tight on receivers the Vikings signal caller struggles to complete passes downfield. Many times he looks to check down or will complete a pass to a tight end well in front of the first down markers that stall drives.

 

Minnesota Vikings RB:

 

Adrian Peterson

 

The Vikings pro bowl running back struggled for yardage against a very good Seattle Seahawks defense last week. He had 8 carries for only 18 yards.

 

Minnesota Vikings TE:

 

Kyle Rudolph

 

The Minnesota tight end has 39 catches for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Look for Bridgewater to target his tight end heavily in this game against a very good secondary and run defense.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

RB: David Johnson (Cardinals)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

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