I think it’s fair to say that Week 7 didn’t really go as many had planned. We had some players topping the leaderboards that many didn’t expect while others dwelled near the bottom unexpectedly. In this piece, we’ll take a look at two different quarterback performances and how it affects their status heading into Week 8. Salaries via DraftKings.
Ryan Tannehill ($5,100) vs. Buccaneers
It really says something when people were legitimately excited that the Titans were going to make the switch at quarterback in favor of Tannehill. I, for one, did not have high hopes for the former Dolphins QB. However, he took the field against the Chargers and completed 23-of-29 pass attempts for 312 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. For reference, Marcus Mariota threw for over 300 yards once in is six starts and two or more touchdowns twice. The performance by Tannehill earned him 23.2 DKFP, making him the eighth-highest scoring quarterback on the slate.
After the impressive performance, Tannehill is gifted a Week 8 start against the Buccaneers while only seeing a $300 bump in salary. Coming off their bye week, the Bucs have allowed an average of 24.1 DKFP, 318 passing yards and 11 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Tampa has also allowed the third-most points allowed on the year at 30.8, trailing only the Dolphins and Falcons.
With Tannehill being as cheap as he is, we can expect the buzz on him to be high and rightfully so. Of the six games the Bucs have played, four quarterbacks have thrown for over 330 yards while three of them threw for multiple touchdowns. A stack with Corey Davis ($4,400), who Tannehill targeted seven times and completed six for 80 yards and a touchdown, would only cost $9,500. Expect the ownership to be high on these two.
Kyler Murray ($6,200) vs. Saints
Murray was a massive disappointment in what should have been a huge spot for him and the Cardinals against a very poor Giants secondary. Entering this game, the Giants were allowing an average of 13.5 yards per catch, which was the second-highest in the league. Now they face Murray, who entered this game averaging 39 pass attempts and 277 passing yards. Good things should happen, right?
Murray didn’t even log a single passing yard through the third quarter and finally hit Maxx Williams for a five-yard gain midway through the fourth quarter. As the clock would expire, Murray would end with 6.96 DKFP, completing 14-of-21 pass attempts for 104 yards and only 28 rushing yards on 10 attempts. The Cardinals game plan was to run the ball with Chase Edmonds, who carried the ball 27 times for 126 yards and all three of the team’s touchdowns.
While the game plan was a bit puzzling, it shouldn’t take away from what Murray can do on a week-to-week basis. Not only did he receive a $500 drop in salary but he’ll face off against the Saints in Week 8. This is a team that’s allowing an average of 21.1 DKFP and 256 passing yards. They’ve also allowed four rushing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks, the highest total in the league. While their defensive line could give the Cardinals weak offensive line fits, it’s a really nice spot to go back to the well with Murray. Treat Week 7 is a one-off.
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