Welcome to Week 2 of the Daily Fantasy season. With one week in the books, prices are starting to make corrections, but not quickly enough to prevent us from finding some nice values on FanDuel. This article looks at some of the projected lesser-owned plays at quarterback who could provide huge boosts to your tournament lineups, as well as some trap plays to avoid.
Eli Manning $8,100 (New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints)
Ownership levels for quarterbacks are rarely an issue, as teams can only use one and there are 30 to choose from. So even though Manning projects as among the highest-owned QBs this weekend, it’s not prohibitive. Eli and Drew Brees combined for a jaw-dropping shootout last season and there’s no reason to think it can’t happen again. Take the $1,100 discount and go with Manning if you want a QB from this game.
Marcus Mariota $7,500 (Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions)
Quarterback pricing on FanDuel is really tight this week. There are several excellent options between $7,500-$8,100 this week. This is where ownership can make a difference, as Mariota figures to be fairly low-owned. He struggled last week against the Vikings, but the Lions are a much more forgiving secondary and Mariota should produce at a higher level in a higher-scoring game.
Matt Ryan $7,900 (Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders)
Ryan will probably never again be the DFS darling of a few years ago. But even as his Falcons struggle and sputter, Ryan still puts up solid numbers, like an East Coast Philip Rivers. We saw what the Oakland secondary is capable of allowing last week, and Ryan could be throwing plenty in a likely come-from-behind posture in the Black Hole. Cover your eyes, but count your points if you use him.
Josh McCown $6,000 (Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens)
I like to include a super-cheap option with high upside at each position. I’m not entirely sure McCown really qualifies for either, but here goes: At $6,000, he’s about as cheap as you’re going to get for a starter and the fact remains that he had one of his best games of 2015 against the Ravens. Even without Josh Gordon, there are weapons at his disposal. He should be able to pay off his salary and allow you to spend up for some of the prime WR options.
Andrew Luck $8,500 (Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos)
I cannot in good conscience advise using Luck for such a high price on the road against a defense that beat up Cam Newton 10 days ago, not when options like Eli and even Blake Bortles against the Chargers are available for $400 less.
Luck at home against the Swiss-cheese Lions secondary is one thing. Luck on the road in Denver against that defense screams stay away. It doesn’t help that Luck was limited in practice Thursday. He’s just too expensive for the limited production he’s likely to provide.
Russell Wilson $8,400 (Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams)
The Rams sure looked terrible against Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers on Monday night, and that might seem like a good reason to get Wilson into your lineup. But it’s just as likely that Seattle will look to win this game on the ground and protect a gimpy Wilson in a game they should control. Wilson’s high price tag for what might wind up a game-manager’s level of production screams for a fade.