NFL Week 3 is upon us. I list the Top 5 NFL Quarterbacks, based on DraftKings' salary, for Sunday in Week 3. Check out my thoughts after looking at the list.
NFL Week 3 Top Fantasy QBs
1. Tom Brady, $7,700, New England vs Houston
2. Aaron Rodgers, $7,300, Green Bay vs Cincinnati
3. Drew Brees, $7,200, New Orleans at Carolina
4. Matt Ryan, $7,100, Atlanta at Detroit
5. Derek Carr, $6,800, Oakland at Washington
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Carolina
Is Brees still relevant? Absolutely, he is! One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time can still light up the scoreboard with pinpoint TD passes. The problem with spending so much on Drew in Week 3 is that he faces a super-talented defense.
Carolina is ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed per game. The Panthers only allow 196.5 total yards. Of those 196.5 total yards, 136.5 are rushing yards. Yes, Carolina got to play against San Francisco QB Brian Hoyer in Week 1. Sure, the Panthers got to shut down QB Tyrod Taylor in Week 2.
No doubt, Drew Brees is a much, much better quarterback than either Hoyer or Taylor. None of that matters. At $7,200, Brees' asking price is just too much.
Best Choice Based on Salary
Derek Carr, Oakland at Washington
Carr can be added for $6,800 because he hasn't yet climbed into elite status. That's the only reason I can think of. Carr goes up against the the 26th ranked passing defense in the NFL. So far, quarterbacks are averaging 272.5 yards per game versus Washington's D.
In only 8 quarters, Derek Carr has thrown for 492 yards and 5 TD passes with 0 picks. Washington must put an extra body into the box to stop RB Marshawn Lynch. Carr could have a big night.
NFL Week 3 QB Options
Phillip Rivers, $6,400, L.A. Chargers vs Kansas City
The Chargers' rushing game is woeful. It ranks 31st in the NFL. It averages a horrendous 54 yards per game. KC's pass defense ranks 30th in the NFL. Rivers could have one of those 3 TD, 400 yard passing games if this turns into a shootout.
Matthew Stafford, $6,200, Detroit at Atlanta
The only chance Detroit is going to have of keeping this close is for Stafford to go bonkers. There's no way Detroit's defense stops Atlanta's offense. Not indoors. Not with the reigning NFL MVP feeling good. Stafford figures to throw 30 to 40 passes just to keep Detroit within a TD of Atlanta.
Jay Cutler, $6,100, Miami at New York Jets
Yes, he's Jay Cutler. But, he's also facing the New York Jets' defense. Even if WR Devante Parker can't go, there's Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. Cutler should have a sweet game against NYJ on Sunday. This is especially true if the Jets concentrate on stopping Miami RB Jay Ajayi.
Alex Smith, $5,900, Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers
5 TDs, no interceptions, close to 700 yards passing, and a 77.8% completion percentage means that Chiefs' RB Alex Smith offers great value at less than $6,000 on DraftKings. Smith plays against a Chargers' team that played in front of less than 26,000 fans in Week 2. It's tough to get motivated as a defender when you don't have enough fans in your stadium to qualify for an open practice session.
I believe Smith has a monster game in what should be a shootout.