Carson Palmer isn’t travelling with the Cardinals north for a Thursday night meeting with the 49ers, giving veteran backup Drew Stanton a short week to prepare for his first start of 2016. Stanton din’t start in 2016, as Palmer’s consistency was key to Arizona’s playoff run.
If you’re streaming fantasy quarterbacks, Stanton isn’t the worst option. The 49ers are coming off a physical loss to the Cowboys, where Ezekiel Elliot rushed 23 times for 138 yards. For the record, the worst option would be his opponent Blaine Gabbert.
The Thursday night games are typically sloppy, and all Stanton needs to do is find his playmakers and let them move the ball. David Johnson is the type of back that can take a short pass to the house, and Stanton will likely dump off to DJ plenty on Thursday.
Stanton was 5-3 as the Cardinals starter in 2014, after Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 10. Two of the three losses were against playoff teams (Seattle and Denver), and Stanton threw for 244 yards and two scores against the 49ers.
For fantasy purposes, Stanton could be a decent option on Thursday night. The Niners are awful against the run, and it could open up some plays for Stanton downfield.
Then there’s this:
Stanton didn’t fare well last week, but he’ll do better with time to prepare and a full game on Thursday. A cheap play in DFS, Stanton would be worth an add in 12 or 14 team leagues if you’re really hurting for a QB. Palmer should be back in a few weeks.