While quarterbacks typically have the highest tier of any position, their daily salaries fancy contests on DraftKings and FanDuel don’t always align with public perception.
Positional Rankings Week 2: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST IKI Flex
Here’s a look at the top three mid-priced quarterbacks for Week 2 on the main roster Sunday:
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (DraftKings – $5,700 / FanDuel – $7,500)
The weather was a big factor for Lance in Week 1, leading to just 164 passing yards and an unattractive passing rate (46.4%) and yards per attempt (5.9). He ran the ball 13 times for 54 yards. The 49ers played without George Kittle (groin) and their top running back (Elijah Mitchell) left the game early with a knee injury. Seattle showed risk defending the pass (340/1) and rush (20/103 – 5.2 yards per carry), but the Seahawks allowed the Broncos just 16 points. I expect San Francisco to bounce back at home with Lance tossing the ball more successfully. However, the 49ers can’t afford to lose another game, so a poor start to the game could lead to a trip to the showers in the second half. I consider him one of the top five quarterbacks in Week 2 because of his high floor as a runner.
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DraftKings – $6,400 / FanDuel – $8,000)
Tampa Bay only scored 19 points against Dallas, but Brady showed he was going to be tough to defend in 2022. Julio Jones bounced back in his step and Tampa needs him out of the gate, with Chris Godwin expected to missing a few games with a hamstring problem. The pace of the game saw Brady passing for just 212 yards with a touchdown on 27 pass attempts. In 2021, he passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans while struggling at home (214/0). The Saints held Marcus Mariota to 215 passing yards without a touchdown through the air. However, he was successful against them in the running game (12/72/1). With 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, Brady will be worth his investment in daily space.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (DraftKings – $6,200 / FanDuel – $7,300)
It took an entire game in Las Vegas for Carr to show that Davante Adams (10/141/1) won’t lose any fantasy value with his new team. He passed for 295 yards with two touchdowns, but three passes ended up in the hands of Chargers defensemen. Arizona failed to defend the Chiefs’ receivers, leading Patrick Mahomes to finish Week 1 as the top quarterback (365/5). The Cardinals didn’t record a sack while giving up 9.2 yards per pass attempt and 4.6 yards per carry. This week, the Raiders need to involve Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller more in the passing game to improve their ability to move the ball. DraftKings lists this game with the highest/lowest (51.5) of the week.