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 – Carson Palmer ($7,100)

Someone who you are going to see here very often is Carson Palmer. Palmer had a brutal road game, traveling coast-to-coast last week. Even so, he managed to finish with 15 FD points and 291 passing yards. Palmer has three 300-yard performances and a 291-yard performance over his last four games. He has averaged almost 45 passing attempts during that span. While efficiency is important, it is hard to argue with that kind of volume at QB. Their best RB is basically a WR, although there is some cause for concern if they force the issue with the newly acquired Adrian Peterson this week.

The Bucs have allowed the fifth-most FD points to QBs and the most FD Points to WRs. Granted they are getting some bodies back this week, but even with their defense mostly healthy, Case Keenum managed to throw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns on them. He also completed 76% of his passes.

The Bucs have also been very stout against the run (which the Cardinals can’t do anyway). They rank sixth in DVOA and are allowing only 3.4 yards per attempt, seventh-best in the NFL. As long as Palmer is throwing it 40 times a game and John Brown is seemingly healthy, I will be firing up Palmer in GPPs. This is a great spot to do it.

Cash Games – Deshaun Watson ($7,900)

Generally speaking, I don’t like to pay up at QB, but with Mark Ingram at $5,900 this week, I will be making it up to Watson. Over the past three weeks Watson is the QB1, averaging 30 FD points per contest. Dak is next best at 25.7 FD points. Watson has at least 17 FD points in each contest after Week 1 against the Jags. He’s also averaging just under 36 rushing yards per game. His ceiling is massive and his floor is buoyed by his rushing ability.

This week the Texans have an implied team total of 28.25 (which should project Watson for two-three touchdowns), and four-to-five scoring drives for the Texans would certainly put Watson at value. The Browns are allowing 7.9 passing yards per attempt and have allowed 11 passing touchdowns – both bottom-5. Plus, even while only giving up 228 passing yards per game, Cleveland is allowing the fourth-most FD points to quarterbacks. On top of all that, Cleveland ranks third in DVOA against the run and has allowed the 11th-fewest FD points to RBs, as they funnel points to the passing game. The Browns are allowing the second-lowest yards/attempt in the NFL. I’m going to ride Watson while he’s hot.

John Proctor

John works as an attorney full-time but spends the majority (all) of his free time with fantasy football. He participates in pretty much every type of NFL fantasy format, from MFL10s, to redraft, to dynasty, and most of all - NFL DFS. He is also a co-host of the DFS Power Hour Podcast and a contributor at FantasyLabs.

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