DFS Top 30 – Quarterback Breakdown For NFL Week 2
Tom Brady takes on Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers will duel with Matt Ryan. While both are sure to be entertaining matchups, I’ll tell you which one I believe will provide the most fireworks.
There’s also a great value option out there if you’d like to stack up on other positons.
Game By Game Breakdown
Cleveland @ Baltimore
Odds: Ravens -7.5
Browns: DeShone Kizer proved against Pittsburgh that he can be a legitimate dual-threat quarterback in this league. However, he’s still just a rookie and he’ll be playing on the road against a defense that recorded a shutout last week. Keep an eye on Kizer for future plays but avoid him this week.
Ravens: The Browns are ranked 17th against quarterbacks, in DFS points, after week one, and while that may tempt you to at least look at Joe Flacco the fact that the Ravens only attempted 17 passes last week should cause you to shy away. The Ravens are heavy favorites at home with an offense that will be heavy on the run.
Buffalo @ Carolina
Odds: Panthers -7
Bills: I don’t really like either side of the field in this game, but I certainly don’t like Tyrod Taylor. The Panthers won’t be the best defense in the league against the pass, but they’ll be a long way from last. I’m not certain that Taylor had enough weapons to work with in order for him to be a target this week.
Panthers: At best, Cam Newton is a middle of the pack quarterback selection this weekend. The Bills played the Jets last week and so we really didn’t get an indicator as to how good, or bad, that defense is going to be against the pass. I promise there will be better options at quarterback.
Arizona @ Indianapolis
Odds: Cardinals -7.5
Cardinals: The loss of David Johnson undoubtedly means more passing opportunities for Carson Palmer. Before you get too excited about that, keep in mind that Palmer threw three picks last week. Palmer is the best of the quarterbacks we’ve mentioned so far…but please keep reading.
Colts: Scott Tolzien had two interceptions returned for touchdowns last week and could easily find himself replaced by Jacoby Brissett this week. This is the worst quarterback play of the week at quarterback.
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Odds: Titans -1.5
Titans: Jacksonville was one of the surprise teams of week one. A defense that recorded ten sacks a week ago was a good reason why. It’s also a good reason to stay away from Marcus Mariota this weekend.
Jaguars: Jacksonville’s plan for success this season will be to rely on defense and a strong running attack. Blake Bortles will be asked to do very little for this team. I’m not interested in a quarterback who is only asked not to lose the game.
Philadelphia @ Kansas City
Odds: Chiefs -4.5
Eagles: Carson Wentz is priced low enough to consider him as a solid value pick. However, he’s on the road facing a Chiefs defense that gave Tom Brady fits last week.
Chiefs: Alex Smith was spectacular last week in the opener against New England. Was an indicative of the development of offensive weapons around him or an indicator of a potential problems with the Patriots defense? Time will tell but I’m still not 100% on board with Smith.
New England @ New Orleans
Odds: Patriots -7
Patriots: New England quarterback Tom Brady against a defense that was 28th in DFS points against the quarterback last week. Yes, please!
Saints: Drew Brees comes in a little cheaper than Brady and you could easily end up getting the same results. The Pats were 30th last week in DFS points given up to the quarterback and Brees will most likely be looking to keep New Orleans on pace in a shootout game. I actually like him as a better pick than Brady.
Minnesota @ Pittsburgh
Odds: -6 Steelers
Vikings: Sam Bradford was sensational against New Orleans on Sunday night…but that was against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. I would expect to see Bradford’s numbers come back down a bit this week, but he’ll still be a solid option this week.
Steelers: Ben Roethlsberger is playing at home where he puts up much better quarterback stats. That said, the Vikings looked pretty salty against Drew Brees and company last week and could have a similar performance against the Steelers. If you’re going to pay for Big Ben then I suggest that you pay just a little more for a quarterback in a better match up.
Chicago @ Tampa Bay
Odds: Bucs -7
Bears: Mike Glennon attempted 40 passes last weekend and still just barely cracked 200 yards through the air. He’s too ineffective to take a chance on, especially playing on the road.
Bucs: I’m not sure what to do with Jameis Winston. I certainly don’t hate him as an option, (the Bears are in the bottom half of the league in pass defense) but I don’t love him either. I think my only option here is to wait and see but I can certainly see a case for using him.
Miami @ LA Chargers
Odds: Chargers -5
Dolphins: If you’re looking for a bang or bust option here then Jay Cutler is your man. The Chargers were 27th in the NFL in DFS points by an opposing quarterback, and that was to a Denver team that was expected to struggle at the position. There’s potential for Cutler to have a Top 5 quarterback performance this week…but then again, he’s Jay Culter which means there are tons of reasons to stay away.
Chargers: Phillip Rivers was decent against a tough Denver defense on Sunday night but he still ended up with less than 200 yards. He comes home this Sunday to play a Miami defense that has basically had two weeks to prepare for the game. I’m off on Rivers this week.
New York Jets @ Oakland
Odds: Raiders -14
Jets: The offensive struggles we expected to see from New York did, in fact, show up in week one. The Jets are a two-touchdown dog on the road this weekend mostly because they have no offensive options. Stay away here!!!
Raiders: I had David Carr as my top quarterback value last week. His 22-for-32 performance for 262 yards and two scores wasn’t too shabby either. I like him again this week, but the 14-point spread scares me off because I think we’ll see a heavy dose of running from the Raiders.
Dallas @ Denver
Odds: Cowboys -2
Cowboys: Dallas didn’t need much from Dak Prescott last week and now the sophomore quarterback goes up against one of the top pass defenses in the league on the road. This is an easy fade for me.
Broncos: The Dallas defense looked legit against Eli Manning and the Giants’ passing attack last week. I’m not at all interested in Trevor Siemian this week.
Washington @ LA Rams
Odds: Rams -2.5
Redskins: Again, I’m at a loss here. The Rams were better than expected last week but they were playing a Colts offense that is just reeling right now. Still though, LA is favored for a reason and that’s causing me to fade off on Kirk Cousins against a defense that scored twice on interceptions last week.
Rams: There’s little doubt that Jared Goff is one of the best value plays out there. He was very good in Week One and the Redskins struggled at the same time to a quarterback with a very similar skill set to Goff. If you want to save money at quarterback then Goff is your answer.
San Francisco @ Seattle
Odds: Seahawks -13.5
49ers: Next to the Jets, San Francisco enters the weekend as the second largest underdog. Outside of some possible garbage time points, there’s no reason to look at Brian Hoyer.
Seahawks: Look for Russell Wilson to have a bounce back performance this weekend but Seattle will most likely be playing from the position of a large lead which means lots of handing the ball off.
Green Bay @ Atlanta
Odds: Falcons -3
Packers: Aaron Rodgers is a quarterback that you would consider regardless of how the matchup looks. There’s a lot of hype about having the two quarterbacks in this game as your top options but the player I’m looking at in this contest is at running back. I can’t argue against using Rodgers but I certainly don’t see him as a lock.
Falcons: Green Bay put the brakes on Russell Wilson last week but Matt Ryan has a different set of weapons. I’m taking the same stance with Ryan as I am Rodgers here. There’s a lot a hype in this game but I think Brady/Brees will actually provide more fireworks.
Detroit @ NY Giants
Odds: Giants -4.5
Lions: Can lightning strike twice with Matthew Stafford? There’s no need to risk it here because there are much better options and matchup at this position.
Giants: With or without Beckham, I don’t believe that Manning is a play here. Detroit is a Top 15 pass defense and gave Carson Palmer a lot of trouble in last week’s blowout win, and Palmer has better weapons to work with than Manning does. Pass on this passing option.
Top 30 QBs For Week 2
- Drew Brees*****
- Tom Brady*****
- Sam Bradford****
- Jered Goff****
- David Carr****
- Jay Cutler****
- Matt Ryan***
- Aaron Rodgers***
- Matthew Stafford***
- Kirk Cousins***
- Phillip Rivers***
- Jameis Winston***
- Russell Wilson***
- Ben Roethlsberger***
- Alex Smith***
- Carson Palmer***
- Cam Newton***
- Mike Glennon***
- Eli Manning**
- Dak Prescott**
- Carson Wentz**
- Trevor Siemian**
- Blake Bortles**
- Joe Flacco**
- Marcus Mariota**
- Tyrod Taylor**
- DeShone Kizer*
- Scott Tolzien*
- Brian Hoyer*
- Josh McCown*
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