2015 Fantasy Football DFS: Week 3 Quarterbacks
Talk about a rough week for quarterbacks. Last week, we lost Tony Romo for at least eight weeks, while Jay Cutler, Drew Brees, and Matt Stafford all were banged up enough to the point where their status for Week 3 remains up in the air (though both Stafford and Brees are expected to play this weekend). Hopefully some of you cashed out last week on Draftkings, and I’m here to help you do just that this week. Without further adieu…your Week 3 DFS QB rankings.
Tier 1 – Elite
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, $8,000 – The thought of spending this kind of money on a quarterback might make you queasy, but Rodgers is just about as automatic as it comes from the position, especially from a fantasy perspective. There’s something to be said about a guy who can take a wide receiver like James Jones, whom the Giants chose the recently cut Preston Parker over, and turn him into a formidable fantasy wide-out. Hell, I might even try out for the Packers soon and see what kind of black magic Aaron Rodgers can pull to make me a star. If you’re okay with spending big money to land a QB this week, Rodgers is your guy. If you’re not so okay with spending large at the position, Tier 3 is all you.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots, $7,700 – If I could take a guess, this will be the popular pick on Draftkings this weekend, as Brady has been putting up monsters numbers and is going against a subpar Jacksonville Jaguars defense. The Patriots have had the lead for most of the time during their first two games of the season, yet they still passed the ball on a little over 73% of their plays, so don’t shy away from Brady because you’re worried about the team blowing out the Jags in the first quarter. Don’t be surprised if Brady is owned by over 20% of teams this weekend.
Tier 2 – Value
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, $7,000 – Wilson, along with Tom Brady, will be among the popular picks on Draftkings this weekend, and with good reason. For one, Wilson is going against the Chicago Bears, who have been a train wreck on defense and have yet to record a sack this season. The Seahawks have surprisingly dropped their first two games of the season, and will be looking to make a statement against a weak team for their home opener. Get this: opponents have thrown the ball 47 times against this Bears’ defense this year, with seven of those passes going for touchdowns. That’s good for a TD every 6.7 attempts, which is far and away the worst in the NFL. The Seahawks should run away with this game, and there is no reason to expect Wilson to play poorly against this Bears’ defense.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals, $6,600 – This is my third week now giving Palmer the green light in DFS, and he has yet to disappoint. Somewhat quietly, Palmer has been one of the best quarterbacks in fantasy football this season, being overlooked by most due to Tom Brady’s outstanding season. Palmer has a favorable matchup this week, going up against the 49ers defense were was embarrassed by Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. Palmer has scored at least 20 fantasy points in his last seven complete games that he has started, dating back to last season. I prefer Palmer and this matchup over the more expensive, big name quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
Tier 3 – Contrarian
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans, $6,100 – It’s somewhat surprising to see Mariota’s price tag for this week be this low, especially considering the fact that he’s facing a Colts’ defense that has made opposing offenses look like juggernauts thus far into the season. Mariota and company will be looking to bounce back from a double digit lost they suffered against the Cleveland Browns last weekend, and what better way to do it than upsetting their division rivals? Let’s not forget that top Colts’ cornerback Vontae Davis suffered a concussion during Monday night’s game against the Jets, which will only benefit Mariota. The rookie quarterback has settled into the NFL rather nicely thus far, as he’s thrown six touchdowns against zero interceptions in his first two games in the league, while looking strong against a tough Browns’ defense last week. Mariota tweaked his ankle in the game against Cleveland, though he’s listed as probable for Sunday’s action and shouldn’t be limited by the injury.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals, $5,700 – I will be the first to admit that I love bashing Andy Dalton just as much as the next guy, but $5,700 for a guy who threw for three touchdown passes last week and is going up against a Baltimore Ravens’ defense that just got beaten by the Raiders? Sign me up. This is the pick for those of you who prefer not to spend big on the Aaron Rodgers’ and Tom Brady’s of the world, but this kind of a pick can win you big money any given week if it pays off. This is the very same Ravens’ defense allowed Derek Carr to throw for 351 yards, including three touchdowns, which ranked him fourth among quarterbacks on Draftkings this past week. Despite the fact that the Bengals like to run the ball a lot, Dalton still has some weapons to throw to, including the emergence of Tyler Eifert at tight end. At this price, Dalton costs less than Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick, and Tyrod Taylor – all of whom I prefer Dalton to this week.