It’s all about finding value when playing NFL slates on DraftKings, especially if it’s low-owned value. Each week, because of injury, personnel moves, and that occasional hidden gem that no one sees coming, there are player with low salaries and even lower ownership that help break a slate wide open. Here are our picks for the top value quarterbacks on DraftKings entering Week 1:
Dak Prescott, $5,900, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
There are a handful of candidates for this honor in the high $5K range — with Carson Wentz ($5,700 vs. Washington) and Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,800 vs. Tampa Bay) have excellent matchups in Week 1 — but Prescott is our choice mainly because unlike Carson and Jimmy, ownership for Prescott is incredibly low, with DFS players likely concerned about Ezekiel Elliott’s absence. Indeed, the Cowboys offense sputtered without Elliott on the field in 2017. But Prescott has much better passing-game options in 2019, and presumably the Cowboys learned from the 2017 experience to make Dak a better player without his big back behind him. With Dallas likely to throw often against a shaky Giants defense, Dak could actually thrive without Elliott in this one.
Jacoby Brissett, $4,400, Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers
Salaries were made available well before Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement, making Brissett the lowest-priced starter in the league by default. The issue here is going to be ownership, as getting a legit starter at QB for a backup’s price almost never happens after Week 1. The Chargers have a great defense on paper, but with Derwin James out, they are weakened in the secondary. Brissett is practically a free square this week, and the effect his presence has on the rest of a lineup is almost too good to pass up.
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