Each week I will list my top GPP quarterback and top Cash Game quarterback to use in your DFS lineups on FanDuel. Below are this week’s options.
GPP – Ben Roethlisberger ($8,000) and Sam Bradford ($7,100)
Generally speaking, this game is one I think has potential to outscore the two “popular” games of the week. While it does not boast a 50+ point over/under like the ATL/GB and NE/NO games, it does have a total that is slowly moving upwards. The line is also moving toward Minnesota, which tells us that this should be a much closer game than originally expected. If I had to pick a game to hit the over – this is it. I love stacking all of the passing weapons together. My favorite stack – QB: Big Ben, WR: Antonio Brown, WR: Stefon Diggs.
Both the Steelers and Vikings finished in the top-7 in fantasy points allowed to Quarterbacks last season (FanDuel scoring). However, they both have legitimate liabilities in their secondary. Trae Waynes received a 59.9 overall grade by PFF last season. He was bad enough that the Vikings traded for another cornerback close to season’s start. The Steelers also had major issues with their cornerbacks last season, as Ross Cockrell was their only strength. They lost him this offseason to the New York Giants and then signed Joe Haden. Haden received PFF’s 72nd overall grade for his Week 1 performance.
The Vikings were also a very strong rushing defense (when at full strength) in 2016, allowing the seventh-fewest FanDuel points to running backs. This should funnel the Steelers into throwing the ball. We also see Le’Veon Bell is working his way back to football shape, as he struggled in Week 1. While everyone else is jamming in Rodgers, Ryan, Brees and Brady – I will be heavily exposed to the passing offenses in this game.
Cash Games – Matt Ryan ($8,100)
The most cost effective way to get heavy exposure to the Falcons and the Packers this weekend is to stack Matt Ryan with Ty Montgomery in cash games. TyMo is $6,500, which is grossly underpriced and Matt Ryan is priced as the FanDuel QB5 in a game with a 54-point over/under. Brady, Rodgers and Brees are all at least $500 more expensive. Ryan is just as good of a bet for a monster game.
The Packers passing defense allowed the seventh-most FanDuel points to quarterbacks in 2016. I am not buying last week’s Seattle outing as an improvement. For perspective, Sam Bradford only had one game last year with 300+ yards and 3 Touchdowns. It was against the Packers. They have made minimal moves to improve this secondary and I will continue to target them.
Ryan is a cost effective way to get exposure to Julio Jones. Julio ate the Packers alive to the tune of 9 catches, 180 yards and 2 touchdowns in their 2016 playoff meeting. Ryan threw for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns in that game. I hate to pay up at quarterback in cash games, but with TyMo’s outrageous price on FanDuel, and the discount for Ryan, he will most likely be my cash game quarterback.