Fantasy football season is finally here. Not just season-long fantasy, but daily fantasy football. We’ve already highlighted all of the top Week 1 DraftKings contests, complete with a $1 million first-place payday for a $3 entry, a $20 game with $250k to first place and a free $100k guaranteed game. Yes, completely free.
It’s options galore out there, but we’ve got to provide some insight into the top daily fantasy football plays at each position as we get closer to kickoff for Week 1 of the NFL. What better place to start than at the quarterback position? Let’s jump into it with the top high-priced plays, mid-priced plays and low-priced plays.
*Just to note, we will not be including Thursday night players in this write-up.
Top DraftKings high-priced plays ($7,500-$8,500)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers ($8,500)
The return of Jordy Nelson, a revamped running game with Eddie Lacy and Rodgers looking to hit the ground running in 2016. In terms of a pure passer, there is probably no one better than Rodgers in the NFL. His price tag is high, but if you’re going to spend up at quarterback, do so with Rodgers.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts ($8,300)
There are rumblings that Luck has been a bit rusty throughout the preseason and training camp. That’s all fine and dandy, but you can bet that the Colts and Detroit Lions are going to wind up in a back-and-forth shootout, which is going to be great for fantasy football. Luck’s a player to jump on, and if you think Rodgers’ ownership will be too high, then consider the now-healthy Luck.
Top DraftKings mid-priced plays ($6,500-$7,400)
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders ($7,300)
Will the New Orleans Saints be better defensively in 2016? Yep. Will it slow down Derek Carr and the surprisingly strong Raiders offense? No chance. I love Carr at this price, and will likely look to use him a fair amount in Week 1.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions ($7,200)
See Luck, Andrew above.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,200)
While we love Rodgers above, if the Jaguars want to keep pace with the Packers, it’s going to require Bortles airing it out early and often. There’s no question that the Jaguars have the talent and weapons in the passing game, and we saw what Bortles was capable of last season. Expect him to hit the ground running in 2016, and to be a strong fantasy option in Week 1.
Top DraftKings low-priced plays ($6,400 and below)
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans ($6,300)
As Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reported, all three of the Chicago Bears starting cornerbacks are currently banged up. They all may play, but regardless, Osweiler and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins could be looking at a prime opportunity to hit the ground running in 2016. If the Bears are either playing without their top corners, or with players at less than 100 percent, then it makes plenty of sense to look at an inexpensive quarterback option like Osweiler.
Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns ($5,600)
When you’re down around this price range you need to look for two things. The first is a game that could be high scoring. The second is a quarterback who can run the ball. Both things are in play here for RGIII. Griffin should have a strong fantasy day, and will more than outperform his $5,600 price tag. The Eagles defense isn’t bad, but it’s also not elite. Expect Griffin to be a low-owned play and one that could top 20-plus fantasy points for you.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys ($5,000)
The Dak attack is in full-go mode in Dallas after Tony Romo suffered a back injury in the team’s third preseason game. There’s plenty of reason to be skeptical about Prescott, but let’s factor in that he not only has a great offensive line and a powerful running game with Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris but also has one of the best wide receivers in the game in Dez Bryant. Prescott also has some wheels, and this game should feature plenty of points as well. If you want to spend up across the board, then use Prescott, because I know I will be.