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Projections and Cafe Value disagree with me on this one, as I like Brian Hoyer's value this week and expect to outperform his 12.68 cash game projection. Hoyer has been a reliable fantasy quarterback, unlike many of the backups who step into a starting role. San Francisco is expected be near a three touchdown total, and that will be the case in some situations this year. Carolina's defense should be better than last year's, but in Week 1 at home I don't mind taking shots with this offense. The core of Carlos Hyde, Brian Hoyer, Pierre Garcon, and Marquise Goodwin is not all that bad for fantasy purposes. The again, we compare everything to the Jets, and they are god awful. Hoyer filled in nicely for injuries in the past, and completed 68% of his passes for Chicago last year. There are guys like Carson Wentz in this range as well, or Carson Palmer for an extra $900. Cheap quarterbacks on DraftKings make for viable plays, which is a difference in strategy from the two sites.
First things first, I would not play Carlos Hyde and Brian Hoyer in the same lineup. You may find this obvious, but some won't. Hyde is someone expected to see around 20 touches this week, which is excellent for his $4,600 price tag. Hyde has had health issues, missing a few games last season, and nine the season before. Last season was his most healthy year, and was in a lot of unfavorable game flows, and a weaker offense. San Francisco is in a transition period, but they are in much better shape than last season. Hyde averaged 17 attempts per game on the ground last year, and caught 82% of his targets (33). Scoring nine touchdowns on the ground and in the air is a big positive for him coming into the year. Hyde had 53% of the red zone rushes last season, missing three games, and having Shaun Draughn be a guy who occasionally would have a look. Workload for $4,600 is worth a look with Hyde.