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DFS Week 3 Quarterbacks: Expect a Bounce Back for Burrow, Cousins

Week 2 was a disaster for Joe Burrow and Kirk Cousins but DFS players should look to get them in their DraftKings and FanDuel lineups in Week 3.

The mid-tier quarterbacks in Week 2 were major letdowns. The NFL brings many peaks and valleys, forcing daily and season-long fantasy players to make many wrong decisions. In most cases, stats tend to balance over time for star players.

Week 3 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

A short memory is required when setting lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. Therefore, trusting the process and shaking off last week’s mistakes is critical in lineup building.

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (DraftKings –  $6,600/FanDuel – $7,500)

The Bengals stumbled out of the gate offensively due to repeated pass-blocking failures (10 sacks). In their defense, Cincinnati has faced two of the better pass rushers (T.J. Watt and Micah Parsons). Burrow already has four interceptions while gaining only 6.0 yards per attempt. He has no completions over 40 yards this season (15 in 2021). The Jets’ pass defense has three sacks over the first two matchups, with one passing touchdown allowed. Their pass defense (39-for-57 with 442 yards) has been helped by facing two running teams (Baltimore and Cleveland). I expect Burrow to be pushed to the bench on many season-long teams if they have Tua Tagovailoa on their roster. Against New York, Burrow should have a much longer passing window, giving him a chance to shine for the first time in 2022. The Jets’ offense moved the ball well in back-to-back games, suggesting an up-tempo game. SI Sportsbook set the over/under at 45.5, as they expect this to be a mid-tier scoring game. Both offenses have plenty of receiving talent, setting the stage for a game stack.

Related: Week 3 Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for QB/TE/DST

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (DraftKings – $6,500/FanDuel – $7,700)

The Rams had one challenging matchup for their passing offense over the first two weeks. Stafford has the same rhythm with Cooper Kupp (24/236/3 on 29 targets), but he is averaging only 6.6 yards per pass attempt with more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4). Stafford doesn’t have a completion over 40 yards (18 in 2021), which may be a sign that his elbow isn’t quite in game shape. Last season he faced Arizona three times (301/2, 287/3, and 224/3). The Cardinals’ pass defense had no answer for Patrick Mahomes (365/5), but their coverage against the Raiders was much better (252/2). Arizona is still down a couple of their top receivers, plus James Conner has an ankle injury. Stafford’s ticket to daily paradise relies on Kyler Murray playing well and forcing the Rams to chase on the scoreboard.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (DraftKings – $6,700/FanDuel – $7,600)

The success of Justin Jefferson in Week 1 (9/184/2) blurred the eyes of drafters that cheated quarterback with Cousins. He isn’t an every-week starter in the season-long contests. The Eagles pressured him on many plays last week, leading to three interceptions and no completions over 20 yards. Despite his disappointing showing, he did throw 68 touchdowns over the past two seasons while having one of the best wideouts in the game. Last year, Cousins threw for 615 yards and three touchdowns in two games vs. the Lions. Detroit struggled in both games (27.15 and 32.15 fantasy points) vs. quarterbacks.