In NFL DFS, if you’re going to spend up, you must be sure you’ll be getting bang for your buck. For example, a player worth $6,000 who scores 24 points has quadrupled, or 4Xed, their salary, which can send you zooming up the standings. Those are the guys we want throughout the lineup. At the same time, you don’t want to invest big on a player only for them to underwhelm at the expense of a significant portion of your DFS budget. Here are our best and worst quarterback plays at DraftKings for Week 7.
BEST: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals ($7,100)
The Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks have all of the makings of an offensive extravaganza, with little play from either defense in the game. The Seahawks have the worst-ranked defense against opposing quarterbacks in 2020, and the Cardinals have the 13th-worst. Both teams will likely put up big numbers, with Kyler Murray at the helm of the Cardinals offense, with both his arm and his legs.
WORST: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs ($7,400)
It might come as a surprise to see the reigning MVP make the list as one of the worse options this week, but it’s not an indictment on Mahomes, rather a testament to how Andy Reid keeps finding ways to win - last week, via the ground game. The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to beat the rival Denver Broncos fairly handily, so there won’t be much reason to rely on Mahomes to sling the ball around against the Broncos this week.
BEST: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers ($7,000)
Aaron Jones is currently listed as questionable this week against the Houston Texans, which means it will take Aaron Rodgers to attack the Texans 26th-ranked defense against opposing quarterbacks in 2020. Davante Adams has returned to the Packers offense, and Robert Tonyan has emerged as one of the League’s better pass-catching tight ends. Rodgers will have the weapons around him, a porous defense in front of him, and all of the ingredients for a big game against the Texans.
WORST: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints ($6,100)
Speaking of weapons around the quarterback - or in this case, lack thereof - let’s move to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints offense will be without both Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders this week, meaning the Saints #1 wide receiver will be Tre’Quan Smith. No Thomas or Sanders, means the Carolina Panthers defense can hone in on Alvin Kamara, the Saints’ lone remaining star on offense, likely meaning big problems for the New Orleans passing attack in the Superdome on Sunday.