There are so many great quarterback options in Week 2, I am foaming at the mouth! Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.
I think it’s clear that one of the top GPP plays is Aaron Rodgers ($8,300). Rodgers suffers from being compared to himself. It takes a lot for people to notice how great he is, because we’ve come to expect greatness from him. He can throw 4 TD passes and we wouldn’t bat an eye. In reality, Aaron Rodgers is REALLY good at football. He had a “ho-hum” 23.06 point day versus Chicago last week only throwing for 189 yards. The truth is, that’s all he HAD to do. He was 18-23 with 3 TDs. I like him as a GPP play because the general public believes that the Seattle Seahawks defense is the greatest defense to ever play the game. That’s the same defense that surrendered 297 passing yards to Nick Foles in Week 1. Rodgers, at home on a low ownership is exactly what I want to target in GPPs.
I am licking my chops to get Drew Brees ($7,800) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What’s great about Brees is that he’s always going to rack up passing yards. He threw for 355 yards in Week 1 against a very good Cardinals defense. He was able to return 20.5 DK points while only throwing one TD. That ability to rack up yards significantly raises the floor of Brees, making him one of the better cash game plays of the week. The Bucs were absolutely decimated by Marcus Mariota and the Titans and now have to travel to play the Saints in the Superdome? That’s a tall task.
If you follow me at all, you know I am high on Tony Romo ($7,100). He has this stigma of being a “choke-artist” but continues to produce fantasy points. He was the third highest scoring QB in Week 1 and will now play the Philadelphia Eagles as a five point underdog in the highest total of the week. That would indicate a good game script and a lot of passes from Romo.
The Carson Palmer ($6,700) “thing” is very much real. Palmer led all QBs in Week 1 with 28.68 points. We shouldn’t really be too surprised, when Palmer is healthy, he has been fantasy relevant. He only played in 6 games last season and scored 17+ in five of them, including 24+ on two occasions. He’s now going to get the Chicago Bears who surrendered the third most passing yards last season including a 300 yard passer in seven of their sixteen games.
If you’re feeling frisky, take a look at Jameis Winston ($5,600). He could not have had a worse NFL debut, right? He looked flustered, threw two interceptions and was run out of the building by Marcus Mariota. Despite all that, he still finished with 16.20 DK points on 33 pass attempts. He looked much better in the second half where he went 10-21, 140 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Sure, you can argue that this was mop-up time, but it’s very valuable time for a rookie QB to work on getting comfortable in the league. There is no where to go but up for Winston who will likely be getting his stud WR Mike Evans back in Week 2. I am a firm believer that the Saints secondary might be the worst in the league. Finally, game script would dictate another game where the Bucs trail and Winston has to throw quite a bit.