NFL Daily Fantasy Football Week One Ranking The Quarterbacks From First To Worst
The money position in daily fantasy football is at quarterback. You don’t have to spend big dollars (I’m actually suggesting you take a pass on Week 1’s highest priced QB) to win big, but you do need to find a quality signal caller in a good matchup. You’ve got more than a few options this weekend when it comes to favorable matchups and several of them could be the difference in moving your DFS performance from good to great.
NY Jets @ Buffalo
Odds: Bills -6.5
Jets: Josh McCown g, close to being the answer at quarterback for the Jets, or anywhere else in the NFL for that matter. This is going to be a long season for the men in green and the only reason you’d want to take McCown is if you were absolutely desperate.
Bills: Tyrod Taylor isn’t a terrible choice at quarterback. He’s just in a bad situation here. The Jets are going to struggle to score points which in turn means the Bills are likely to try and sit on a lead by using their run game. I’m staying away from both quarterbacks in this match-up.
Atlanta @ Chicago
Odds: Falcons -6.5
Falcons: There’s a lot to love about Matt Ryan on Sunday. The defending NFC champs were electric on offense in 2016 and now new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian wants to up the pace of play. The only drawback to Ryan is that Atlanta will most likely be playing from the position if having a lead which could result in fewer pass attempts.
Bears: The Bears have Mike Glennon keeping the seat warm until Mitchell Trubisky is ready and a crop of receivers that are largely unproven. Take a pass here.
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Odds: Bengals -2
Ravens: Joe Flacco was a Top 10 fantasy quarterback and could very well be again. However, keep in mind that he didn’t take a single snap in the preseason and will be going live for the first time on Sunday afternoon. The best scenario for Flacco is to wait and see.
Bengals: Andy Dalton is an interesting choice here. He’s going to have to pass to keep Cincinnati in this game because the Ravens are a stop the run first type of defense. While certainly not a 5* choice at quarterback, Dalton could be a pretty solid value pick.
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
Odds: Steelers -8
Steelers: Be a little bit careful with Big Ben. He’s got a lot of tools around him but keep a couple of things in mind. 1) He’s not the fantasy points producer on the road that he is at home and the Steelers are playing a divisional game away from home. 2) Pittsburgh is most likely going to be playing with a lead which means feeding the ball to Le’Veon Bell more often than they’re passing it around the field. Those are two very solid reasons to give Ben Roethlisberger a pass this weekend.
Browns: DeShone Kizer was very hit or miss in the preseason and he’ll most likely be even more so in games that matter as he becomes the next in a long line of starting quarterbacks for the browns. I like his salary but I’m not a fan of the learning curve that he’s going to be on.
Arizona @ Detroit
Cardinals: Here’s the best bang for your buck at the quarterback position this weekend. Carson Palmer is a mid-range price and he’s playing against a defense that we near the bottom of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and receivers last season. He’s also got a fantastic running back to feed which means Detroit has to play honest on defense. I like Palmer to have one of his better performances of the season in Week 1.
Lions: This isn’t a great matchup for Matthew Stafford. Arizona has one of the top defensive secondary units in the NFL and Stafford is tasked with going against them. He’s a solid DFS pick on most weekends, just not this one.
Jacksonville @ Houston
Odds: Texans -4.5
Jaguars: Two words when considering Jacksonville’s quarterback situation…Blake Bortles. Stay away, in fact run away from this option.
Texans: Ummm…Tom Savage isn’t much of a better fantasy option than Blake Bortles. Just wipe this entire game off your list when considering quarterbacks.
Oakland @ Tennessee
Raiders: By all accounts David Carr is healthy and ready to pick up where he left off before an injury shortened his 2016 season. The Titans were near the bottom of the league in points allowed to quarterbacks and receivers, so Carr is a guy you definitely want to look at. Considering the outcome of this game will likely still be in the balance heading into the fourth quarter, Carr should be at, or near, the top of your list for quarterback options.
Titans: While not as high on the list as Carr, Marcus Mariota deserves consideration for all the same reasons. He’s an efficient quarterback who can earn points both with his arm and his legs and he’ll have a mid-range price tag. If you’re looking to save money at the position and still get some bang for your buck then here’s where you start.
Philadelphia @ Washington
Odds: Redskins -1
Eagles: The Redskins were middle of the pack last year in pass defense but they should be much improved in 2017 with Josh Norman in their secondary. This is a bad fantasy matchup for Carson Wentz. I encourage you to stay away.
Redskins: There are better options out there than Kirk Cousins based solely on matchups. However, if you’re set on taking the Redskins quarterback this weekend then I’m not going to say you’re wrong. In fact, nearly 5,000 passing yards last season would say that you’re absolutely right.
Indianapolis @ LA Rams
Odds: Colts -3
Colts: If you take Scott Tolzien this weekend then you’re on your own. Move on down because there’s nothing to see here.
Rams: Jared Goff becomes an interesting option as a value pick. He’s near the bottom in terms of price tag and he’ll be involved in a game that could go down to the wire. You could do a lot worse than Goff if you’re looking to save money at the quarterback position.
Seattle @ Green Bay
Odds: Packers -3
Seahawks: Oh man, I really like the potential of Russell Wilson here. The Packers were 27th in fantasy points allowed to the quarterback last season and Wilson’s mobility makes him a dual-threat option. My hesitation here is that Green Bay kept Wilson in check last season, despite their defensive problems against the pass. I still like Wilson to get a ton of chances to rack up points on the road here though.
Packers: Aaron Rogers is going to be the most expensive quarterback on the board and in most week’s he’s worth the price tag. I’m not sure that’s the case in Week 1 though as he draws a tough matchup against a formidable Seattle defense.
Carolina @ San Francisco
Odds: Panthers -6
Panthers: Cam Newton’s fantasy stock took a nosedive in 2016 but if there’s a quarterback who can turn it around then it’s him. I don’t like him this weekend though because the Panthers are making a stronger effort to protect their franchise signal caller and for that reason will be handing the ball off a lot while playing with a lead. Newton is going to have some great games this season…just not this Sunday.
49ers: Brian Hoyer is the biggest high risk/high reward option out there at the quarterback position this weekend. He’s got a terrible offensive line to work with, but modest skill position players around him. He’s most likely going to be playing from behind which means a lot of opportunities to throw the football and put up numbers. This is definitely your value pick if you’re trying to stack higher priced players at other positions.
NY Giants @ Dallas
Odds: Cowboys -3.5
Giants: I’m fading on Eli Manning mostly because Odell Beckham is questionable. Even if he does play it won’t be a 100% and that’s a lot to put on Manning’s shoulders against a Dallas defense that was decent against the pass. Manning needs a healthy OBJ to make him worth selecting this weekend.
Cowboys: The Giants are a run-stopping defense which means Dak Prescott will be given the opportunity for a lot of passing opportunities in a game that should be close. He’s not the top option for quarterbacks this weekend but he’s a long way from the bottom as well.
New Orleans @ Minnesota
Odds: Vikings -3.5
Saints: Drew Brees is a top-flight quarterback but he draws a tough matchup against a Vikings defense that was Top 10 against the pass a year ago. The better quarterback option in this game is on the other side of the field.
Vikings: I like Sam Bradford here. He draws a good matchup against a defense that struggled against both the run and the pass last season. New Orleans has the offensive weapons to stay in this game, which means Minnesota will need to keep putting the ball in Bradford’s hands to make plays against poor defense. Bradford could have a high ceiling this week.
San Diego @ Denver
Odds: Broncos -3
Chargers: Denver’s defense held opposing quarterbacks to less than 200 yards per game last season. They are legitimately good and you should legitimately not consider Philip Rivers in Week 1.
Broncos: Unsettled is the best description for the Denver quarterback situation. Trevor Siemian is the starter for now but he’ll give way at some point to Brock Osweiler and it could be sooner rather than later.
Top 30 DFS Quarteracks For Week 1
- David Carr*****
- Russell Wilson*****
- Matt Ryan****
- Carson Palmer****
- Kirk Cousins****
- Sam Bradford****
- Drew Brees***
- Dak Prescott***
- Aaron Rogers***
- Marcus Mariota***
- Andy Dalton***
- Ben Roethlisberger***
- Matthew Stafford***
- Jared Goff***
- Brian Hoyer***
- Philip Rivers**
- Cam Newton**
- Joe Flacco**
- Eli Manning**
- Tyrod Taylor**
- Mike Glennon**
- Carson Wentz*
- DeShone Kizer*
- Tom Savage*
- Blake Bortles*
- Trevor Siemian*
- Scott Tolzien*
- Josh McCown*
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