Attention turns to Week 3 of the NFL season. Here is all the information you need to start preparing for DraftKings tournaments coming on Sunday.
Last week if you were smart enough to grab Patrick Mahomes on DraftKings you likely won some money. His six touchdown passes were impressive, and this week’s price reflects that. Bad news for this upcoming Sunday there are big names playing on Sunday and Monday night that will not be available for the biggest tournaments. Good news is Mahomes is available.
Speaking of, let’s jump right into the quarterback rankings.
*This article will be updated and re-released on Sunday with up to date injury information.*
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins – $7100
The Green Bay Packers are 1-0-1 against two divisional opponents and Aaron Rodgers has yet to throw an interception. Offensively they still have not found their ultimate groove but putting up 29 points against the stout Vikings defense is no easy task.
This week an easier test awaits for Rodgers in the Redskins. Washington, while ranking second best in quarterback points allowed, is doing that off the back of easy match-ups. They’ve played Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck. Neither are the player that Rodgers is and neither team can score like the Packers.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers – $7000
Coming off of the most impressive first two weeks in NFL history, DraftKings is taking notice of Patrick Mahomes. It’s highly unlikely he repeats his six touchdown performance again. That being said, his opponent this week, the 49ers are vulnerable on the back end. San Francisco has yet to record an interception and sixth in points allowed to quarterbacks. At home in Arrowhead for the first time with that crowd finally behind him, Mahomes is staring down another fantastic performance.
3. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills – $6800
Kirk Cousins was brought to the Vikings for one reason, to complete a roster that was ready to win now. Minnesota’s defense is fierce and they have weapons at every skill position. Cousins was supposed to be the key that unlocks this team. Through two weeks it has been exactly what Minnesota could have wanted. Cousins has thrown six touchdowns and only one interception as the Vikings are 1-0-1.
This week they get a Buffalo team in Minnesota that has allowed six touchdowns through two weeks and were demolished in both games. The only thing limiting Cousins this week may be the commanding lead the Vikings take on Sunday.
4. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs – $6500
Make that three straight quarterbacks that were focal points of their team’s offseason. Jimmy Garoppolo may have finally lost a game as a starter, but hopes are still high in San Francisco. This could be the game that gets Jimmy G going.
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to score points and their defense will let them up just as fast. This game, like all Kansas City’s games this season, is going to be a shoot out. Garoppolo is waiting for an opportunity like this to take advantage of a weak defense and get into a groove in this offense. Now is that chance.
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons – $6400
Another season of fantasy football and another appearance by Drew Brees in the top five points scored at the quarterback position. After a disappointing Week 1 loss and a narrow escape from the Browns a week ago, New Orleans gets their toughest test yet. Divisional opponents the Atlanta Falcons welcome Brees and company to Atlanta.
The Falcons defense has been middle of the pack, including a strong performance against the Panthers in Week 2 without Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. This could be a more run-heavy game plan for the Saints with the Falcons offense on the other side being just as dangerous. There is always a chance Brees throws four touchdowns but this week does not feel like the week for that.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals @ Carolina Panthers – $5700
It has been forgotten because they played on Thursday night but the performance the Bengals and Andy Dalton put on were one of the more impressive of Week 2. They took a Baltimore defense and sliced them up for four touchdowns through the air. Now Dalton and this improved offense goes to Carolina with three extra days of rest. Carolina’s defense has allowed the tenth most points to quarterbacks with only one touchdown. There are yards to be had against this defense. Without Joe Mixon behind him, more pressure on Dalton who can rise to the occasion this week as the 14th priced quarterback.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks – $5100
Despite winning the game on Sunday night, it was not a memorable fantasy performance for Dak Prescott. He did not turn the ball over and showed off his legs. That knocked him down to the lowest priced starting quarterback in DraftKings for Sunday. That is just too good of value to pass up against a Seattle defense that has been middle of the pack despite playing two sub-par offensive teams. Prescott’s legs keep his floor low and minimizes risk. This game may be lower scoring than most but Prescott is not a bad play if you’re trying to be a bit contrarian.