You only start one quarterback so you better make it count. Quality and upside are important here while securing a solid floor. I know that sounds like a lot so let’s try and keep it simple. Look for a good matchup, a quarterback who has been performing well with a strong supporting cast, a defence that will be favorable to opposing signal-callers, and a game script that supports success. For the most part, the quarterbacks at the top of the salary list speak for themselves as elite options, but here we dig deeper.
For those who have yet to subscribe, what are you waiting for? Until then you will get one free pick to whet your appetite. Russell Wilson ($7,900 DK, $9,000 FD) gets a great matchup this week as the Seahawks get the only team in the league that gives up more yards than they do, in the Jets. The Jets are coming off a week where they fired their defensive coordinator, so if average quarterback Derek Carr, can put up 380 yards, I look forward to seeing what Russell can do this week.
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Ryan Tannehill ($6,700 DK, $7,900 FD) will get the best medicine this week after a tough loss, a trip to Jacksonville. In the Titans’ first meeting with the Jaguars, Tannehill threw four touchdown passes and threw for 240 yards. If he has that same type of efficiency this time around in the red zone then we will see another big day from Tannehill.
Justin Herbert ($6,800 DK, $8,300 FD) comes in this week as another bounce-back candidate. After a rough week last week where he threw for just over 200 yards and a couple of interceptions, but it’s a new week, and Herbert will get to test his meddle going up against the third-worst passing defence in the league in the Falcons. This is a really nice price for him this week.
Remember around this time last year when people thought Aaron Rodgers ($7,500 DK, $9,100 FD) was done? It’s amazing what a difference a year can make. Rodgers will head into Detroit, to take on the lowly Lions, who he has terrorized for much of his career. The Lions gave up 30 points to a substandard Bears offence last week, so I expect Rodgers to have a field day with the 7th worst passing defence in the league, much like he did when the Packers put up 42 points on the Lions in week 2.
Tom Brady ($6,900 DK, $7,800 FD) is coming off a bye week and will be facing the Vikings at home. The Vikings have the sixth-worst passing defence in the league, and when you combine that with the rested and prepared Tom Brady, leading one of the best passing attacks in the league, that sounds like a recipe for success. Don’t hesitate to buy Brady this week, this is a good price.
This week Philip Rivers ($5,900 DK, $7,000 FD) and the Colts will get to face a Raiders team that is in the bottom third of the league in passing defence(don’t forget they gave up 28 points to the Jets last week) and will bring their 12th best passing attack with them to Vegas this week. Rivers has been consistently sitting around the 300-yard passing mark each of the last four weeks, so don’t be surprised if he puts up a big game this week.
DeShaun Watson ($7,600 DK, $8,000 FD) early in the year was a player that people thought would struggle without DeAndre Hopkins. He hasn’t though, he has proven himself a franchise quarterback. Watson leads the second-best passing attack in the league(by yards) up against a Bears team that is fresh off giving up over 400 yards to Matthew Stafford. You’re going to have to pay up for him, but the question should be more about finding the money to get him into your lineup than it should be about wanting to.
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