Fanduel Week One Quarterbacks Preview

We are still a week away from kickoff, but it is never too early to preview Fanduel prices for opening day. Here is a breakdown of the quarterback plays in week one.

Note: Reaching value on cash games = 2x salary. 

An example of this: Matt Ryan is $8,800, so 2 x 8.8 is 17.6. To reach value in cash games, Matt Ryan must score 17.6 fantasy points.

Reaching value on GPP = 3x salary

Using the same Matt Ryan example, 3 x 8.8 = 26.4. For Matt Ryan to reach value in GPP's, he must score 26.4 fantasy points. 

Generally, if all your players hit that multiplier mark, you will be in the money in almost all your contests.

Matt Ryan-$8,800 - The Falcons open the season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles in what is projected to be the highest scoring game of the weekend, according to Sportsbook. On paper, the Eagles have a weak secondary that ranked in the bottom half of the league last season in passing defense DVOA ratings. 

This should be a prime time shootout that involves Ryan slinging the ball around the field most of the game, with Atlanta's run game being shaky to say the least, as a result of both Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman having battled hamstring injuries all offseason. Atlanta will need to keep the ball in Ryan's hands to keep up with the offensive juggernaut that is the Eagles. Due to the favorable and prime-time match up though, expect Ryan to be highly owned. That being the case, stick to using him in your cash games, where he is a safe bet to reach his value, at only 17.6 fantasy points.

Sam Bradford$7,500 - Staying with the theme of Falcons vs. Eagles, Bradford will again be playing in the projected highest scoring game of the week in an offense that will run more plays than just about any other team. In his third preseason game against the Packers, Bradford showed us a glimpse of the fantasy monster he can be in Chip Kelly's system, going 10-10 for 121 yards with three touchdowns in only one quarter. You also couldn't ask for a better match up, as Atlanta ranked 31 in passing defense DVOA ratings last season. Even in a what will likely be a run-first offense, Bradford has an excellent shot at reaching or exceeding value.

Tyrod Taylor$5,000 - Who doesn't love a minimum priced quarterback? Taylor is going up against the Indianapolis Colts, who really aren't known for their defense. His ability as a runner gives him a higher floor than most minimum priced quarterbacks, and the Bill should be chasing points to keep up with Andrew Luck's high powered offense. Having Taylor in your line-up opens up so many other possibilities that usually just aren't there, and needing only 10 points to reach value in cash games, it's hard not to strongly consider him.

Other plays- Eli Manning, $8,300; Tony Romo$8,700; Ben Roethlisberger, $8,600

GPP Only Play

Andy Dalton, $7,100 - This pick is not for the faint of heart, but with his low price tag and favorable match up against Oakland, Dalton has real potential. He will have all his weapons back at 100 percent, most notably A.J. Green. Dalton has shown the ability to put up monstrous games with a healthy supporting cast, and in a GPP where you want to go against the grain, this spot is great for Dalton.

Jay Cutler$7,900 - In a game with an over/under of 50, the Chicago Bears expect to be playing from behind most of the game. Vegas has them as 10 point under dogs, meaning Cutler will be forced to throw the ball in most of the second half. Cutler might not be a great quarterback, but with the receiving options around him, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, and Martellus Bennett, he has the chance to put up great numbers in this match up.

Off the board play

Carson Palmer$7,700 - Before tearing his ACL last season, Palmer scored at least 19 fantasy points in every game he finished (he left the game early in week 10 vs Rams due to injury). In a projected high-scoring match up against the Saints, Palmer has a great shot to pick up right where he left off last season against a weak New Orleans secondary. With a likely low ownership percentage and needing just 23 fantasy points to reach value in GPP's, Palmer makes for a fantastic off the board play.

Quarterback to avoid

Andrew Luck, $9,200 - As the second-highest priced quarterback, Luck is facing a Bills defense who ranked number one in passing defense DVOA ratings last season. Buffalo was able to hold both Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning to under 10 fantasy points last year, and with the addition of defensive guru Rex Ryan as head coach, the defensive projects to keep up last seasons pace. Needing 27.2 points to reach value in tournaments, this is a spot where avoiding Luck will play to your advantage. 

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