5 fantasy matchups to exploit in Week 13
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Carson Palmer at Rams
Just one week after carrying DFS lineups with 317 yards passing and four touchdowns against a tough Bengals defense, Palmer was a bit of a disappointment in Week 12 against the 49ers. His fantasy day was bailed out by a late rushing touchdown, but he couldn’t get much going in the passing game. However, there is reason to believe that Palmer will get back on track in Week 13 in a matchup that is much better than it looks on paper. Palmer should have much lower ownership due to his price tag and recency bias, and that is a good reason to get him going in your lineups.
Prior to throwing for just 271 yards and no touchdowns in Week 12, Palmer had been on a three-game tear where he racked up 1,055 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. During that span, he had all of his weapons firing — Michael Floyd and John Brown played huge roles, in addition to Larry Fitzgerald, who has been dominant all season. Both Floyd and Brown are getting healthier now and rounding back into form. Last week, Floyd was eased back into action, but he should be much healthier with another week removed. Brown racked up 99 yards and five receptions and looked fully healthy for the first time in over a month — his day could’ve been even bigger had Palmer not overthrown him on a long pass.
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