“Man, Jay Cutler really saved my ass.”
Bet you never thought you’d utter those words in your entire life, huh? However, if you followed my Week 2 daily fantasy quarterback advice, you’d know that I was pretty high on Cutler putting up decent numbers at San Francisco. He preformed well above his $8,100 price tag, passing for 176 yards and four scores against an “elite” 49ers’ defense. One of my other choices, Drew Brees, had a respectable day as well (237 yards, two scores). However, I did miss the mark with Robert Griffin III and Carson Palmer, who were hurt early and didn’t even start due to injury, respectively.
But don’t fret, it is a new week, and I am striving for greatness again. Here are my choices for quarterbacks that I expect to make an impact this week. As always, the dollar amounts shown are courtesy of FanDuel. If you aren’t playing on FanDuel yet (and I really don’t know why you wouldn’t be), here is a link to get you started. On to the picks!
Aaron Rodgers ($9,800), QB Green Bay Packers at Detroit
All signs point to a great game from Rodgers in Week 3. He’s coming off a solid performance against my New York Jets, in which he threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers’ were down early against New York, and were forced to throw the ball a lot against a banged-up Jets’ secondary. The talent on the Lions’ defense definitely lies within their front seven, and especially with their defensive-line, so I expect Rodgers to combat that by going to the air early and often. Rodgers is definitely worth the high price tag this week. Pairing Rodgers with Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb in a 50/50 league is a pretty safe route to doubling your money in Week 3.
Nick Foles ($8,400), QB Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
When you play in Chip Kelly’s offense, you score. Foles looked sharp on Monday Night against the Indianapolis Colts, throwing for 331 yards and one score with one interception. However, he could have added at least a couple more touchdowns to his stat line, had it not been for a few dropped passes in the end zone and a few tackles inside the five-yard line. I think Washington’s secondary is average, despite allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks in the league through two weeks. I’m playing Foles in both my 50/50 leagues and my GPPs tournaments this week.
Andy Dalton ($7,900), QB Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee
Andy Dalton is going to be this week’s Jay Cutler, just you watch. No A.J. Green? No problem. People will be running far away from Dalton due to the fact that he lost Green and that the running game with Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill really clicked in last weeks’ win against the Atlanta Falcons. I foresee this game with the Titians being a shootout, and the Bengals will have to pass to keep up. I am a huge fan of pairing Dalton with either Bernard or Mohammed Sanu in a GPP tournament, however, I would look for a more elite option first in a 50/50 league before turning to the Bengals’ signal caller.
Tony Romo ($7,600), QB Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis
The Rams are 19th in the league in average fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks so far this year They should be much worse. The Rams are another overrated defense that should be torn apart again this week by Dallas’ pass-happy offense. Romo had an average week against the Titans last week, throwing for 176 yards and a score, but I think he will turn it around in a big way this week. Expect for the Cowboys’ pass-heavy offense to return in Week 3, which will allow Romo to have a great fantasy day. Romo is a nice, inexpensive play in a 50/50 league paired with either Dez Bryant or Terrance Williams, or in a GPP tournament by his lonesome.
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