Welcome to Week 3 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.
Philip Rivers $8,000 (San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts)
There was a lot of concern about the Chargers offense last week after Keenan Allen went down with his knee injury. The same concerns existed last season. In both cases, Rivers just kept on throwing and kept putting up huge fantasy numbers. Even with Danny Woodhead now out of commission, there’s really no reason to think Rivers is going to become less effective. And against the porous Indianapolis defense, Rivers might well be the top overall QB play this weekend, let alone the top value play. Rivers still has potent weapons and faces a defense more than willing to help him connect with them.
Joe Flacco $7,600 (Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars)
Flacco is going to fly under the radar most weeks, which is great news for sharp DFS players, because with a running game that inspires no one, Flacco is going to throw more often than not. And as Rivers proved last week, the Jaguars are a great matchup to exploit through the air. It might not be flashy, but the production is there to be had and the veteran Flacco should pile it up at an extreme low ownership.
Ryan Tannehill $7,400 (Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns)
The Dolphins might be the best 0-2 team of all time. They gave the Seahawks all they could handle in Seattle and simply ran out of time last week in New England. This week, the Dolphins are finally at home and here comes the beat-up Browns, who added Joe Haden to the injury report late this week. With Arian Foster not expected to play, the Dolphins are going to have to win this extremely winnable game through the air, and if Haden is out, Jarvis Landry could go wild. Tannehill would be the benefactor there, of course, and should be low-owned for a high-upside play.
Dak Prescott $7,100 (Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears)
At some point, Prescott is going to have his breakout game. How about at home against a pitiful Bears defense playing on a short week? Sounds good to us. Prescott has been remarkably mistake-free through two games, but just hasn’t quite put it all together for a DFS jackpot. At $7,100, this might be the week to take a flier on the rookie and see if he can put it all together for a multiple-touchdown affair.
Alex Smith $6,800 (Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets)
The Jets defense is showing a pretty wide split between run and pass defense that favors the quarterback. It may have been 10 days ago, but that’s not too long to recall that Tyrod Taylor shredded the Jets defense with fewer healthy weapons at his disposal than Smith will have this Sunday. At a near bargain-basement price, Smith allowed for roster flexibility in a matchup in which he could easily throw for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Russell Wilson $8,700 (Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers)
Wilson is not playing anything like the version that tore up the league through the air and the ground the past two seasons, yet his price remains sky high. Even at home, it’s hard to imagine Wilson going off for the kind of game he’d need to justify his salary. The 49ers look a lot better this year under Chip Kelly, so this is hardly a pushover game for Seattle. There are too many better places to find your QB this week.
Matt Stafford $8,200 (Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers)
The Packers are playing their home opener this week after a brutal divisional loss last Sunday night. The Lions’ running game takes a big hit with Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve and the passing game regressed last week – not surprisingly against a team not named “Colts.” Expect the Packers defense to re-assert itself after letting Sam Bradford have his way last week. Stafford could be in for a long afternoon.