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What Sam Darnold, Derek Carr performances tells us about Week 12 DFS QB salaries

The quarterback position had quite a few surprises in Week 12. Steve Buchanan goes over that and the outlooks of two of those players ahead of Week 13.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

I’d imagine no one expected the top three names at the quarterback position to be Ryan Tannehill, Sam Darnold and Jameis Winston. Sure, Winston was in a great spot but the other two names were, dare I say, shocking? I’ll get into the performance of Darnold and if he can keep this up and also go into Derek Carr, who was downright embarrassed by the Jets! Let’s take a peek at Week 13 DraftKings salaries.

Sam Darnold ($6,100) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

When the Jets played the Patriots and the quote from Darnold about seeing ghosts came to light, it felt like a long, hard road ahead for him to shake that off. Well, he’s responded in a big way since then and continued that trend in a huge statement game against the Raiders. Completing 20-of-29 pass attempts, Darnold threw for 315 yards with two touchdowns and 31.2 DKFP. It was his highest fantasy output of the season and second-straight game throwing multiple touchdowns. Since that embarrassing game against the Patriots, Darnold is now averaging 21.6 DKFP since. It’s truly quite impressive how much he’s been able to turn his season around and now has a matchup against the Bengals that should continue to draw attention as we build our lineups.

With a salary of $6,100, which is only a $300 jump from Week 12, Darnold will now face a Bengals defense that’s allowed an average of 24.7 DKFP to the quarterback position. They only allowed 14.7 to the Steelers in Week 12 but let’s remember, this game was against Mason Rudolph, who was benched in favor of Delvin Hodges. Before that? Six straight games over 20+ DKFP to opposing quarterbacks. We’ve also seen opposing receivers average a ridiculous 201 yards over the last five games against the Bengals. As for now, Darnold is no longer the QB you roster and hold your nose and hope for the best. Until we see otherwise, he’s a legitimate option on a week-to-week basis.

Derek Carr ($5,500) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

On the other side of the ball in this game, Carr came away with by far his worst performance of the season, scoring just 5.1 DKFP by completing 15-of-27 pass attempts for 127 yards and an interception. The score was so lopsided in the 34-3 loss that Mike Glennon came in for mop up duty in the fourth quarter. Coming into this game, Carr only scored under double-digit fantasy points once this season, which came against the Bears in Week 5 with 8.9. In a game against one of the worst secondaries in the league with the Jets, this was a massive disappointment for the Raiders quarterback, who was the seventh-most expensive quarterback on this slate.

Carr is in a great spot to bounce-back in Week 13, as they’ll travel to KC to take on the Chiefs. Against opposing quarterbacks, an average of 23 DKFP, 255 passing yards and 17 passing touchdowns. They’ve allowed over 20 DKFP in four straight games that include Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill and Philip Rivers. To say that Carr is in a perfect spot to regain some trust in the fantasy world would be an understatement. His salary XXX which make it all the more appealing. With the way the Chiefs have been playing, there should be plenty of opportunities for Carr to be throwing in this game to bring back value on his price tag.