Week 3 FanDuel Quarterback Plays
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 – Kirk Cousins ($7,600)
Hear me out… Cousins has been kind of terrible to start this season. However, he is drawing a matchup with a Raiders defense that just allowed two touchdown passes to Josh McCown on 24 attempts. They have allowed the 9th-most FanDuel points to opposing quarterbacks this season and that includes McCown’s mediocre outing. Oakland also sits as Football Outsiders DVOA’s 22nd-ranked passing defense. (They ranked 25th last year).
Washington has also ran the 11th-most plays this season, as they are running ~65 snaps per game. This is helpful to Cousins, because Washington does not have a powerful running game. They rank 12th in the NFL, tied with Oakland for rushing attempts. They would also only have 216 rushing yards on the season, if not for Chris Thompson’s 77-yard run last week.
To top it all off, this game has the highest Vegas total on the week at 54.5. Vegas also projects the game to stay close as Washington is only a 3-point home underdog. I think this is an amazing spot for Cousins to bounce back, but we should monitor the health of his receivers.
Cash Games – Matthew Stafford ($7,900)
Matthew Stafford is priced as the QB8 on FanDuel. It is hard to think of seven other quarterbacks I would play over him this week. The Falcons rank as DVOA’s 17th passing defense and they ranked 18th last year. There is not anything to fear with this defense. Plus, Stafford looks great. He is PFF’s 4th-highest graded quarterback through two weeks. Even in a game where Stafford only needed 21 attempts to beat the Giants – he came through with two touchdown passes. The Lions basically have no red zone running game, which is great for Stafford.
Vegas lists this game as the second highest Over/Under on the week, and that total is rising, as it has reached 50.5 after opening at 49.5. As is the case with Cousins, Stafford is a 3-point home underdog, which means this game should stay competitive. I expect to see 40+ passing attempts out of Stafford, especially with their two lead running backs excelling in the passing game.
Stafford also has a leading receiver that mostly plays in the slot, where he will avoid their top cornerback. Desmond Trufant will not follow Golden Tate into the slot.
In short – All aboard the Stafford bandwagon this week.