In Week 2, six quarterbacks scored more than 30.00 fantasy points in four-point passing touchdown formats on DraftKings and FanDuel. A Dolphins/Ravens stack was the key to winning in the daily market, thanks to two impressive showings from Lamar Jackson (45.80 fantasy points) and Tua Tagovailoa (45.55 fantasy points). Carson Wentz and Josh Allen were the only two repeat finishers in the top five in quarterback scoring. Joe Flacco was the value play of the week (30.95 fantasy points).
Here are the best five quarterbacks in fantasy points after two games:
· Josh Allen – 69.30
· Lamar Jackson – 69.15
· Carson Wentz – 65.00
· Jalen Hurts – 64.50
· Tua Tagovailoa – 63.05
A top-five drafted quarterback in the season-long games finished first in scoring in each of the first two weeks (Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson). The success of Tua Tagovailoa shows why cheating the quarterback position in daily fantasy can pay off in a big way if their ticket comes in.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (DraftKings – $8,200/FanDuel – $9,000)
Allen dominated back-to-back games despite not needing to throw the ball in the fourth quarter. His top receiver Stefon Diggs is off to an electric start (20/270/4). Allen played last week’s game without Gabe Davis, who has a chance to return against the Dolphins. Allen fell short of expectations passing the ball in both contests against Miami in 2021 (179/2 and 249/2). He added eight rushes for 55 yards and one score in his home matchup. The Dolphins' pass defense had no problem defending Mac Jones (213/1) in Week 1, but Lamar Jackson found multiple flaws in their pass coverage (318/3). He also beat their defense for 119 yards and a score on the ground. Miami exploded in the passing game vs. Baltimore (469/6), suggesting this game will be played at a high-scoring pace. SI Sportsbook posted an over/under of 52.5. Allen's salary is top shelf, so his second-best wideout must suit up to be in play.
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings – $7,600/FanDuel – $8,100)
Despite delivering only one passing touchdown in two matchups, Hurts has been a beast in the run game (28/147/3) while improving his completion rate (69.8) and yards per pass attempt (9.1). He is on pace for 1,250 yards rushing, 4,896 passing yards, and 34 touchdowns. Hurts played well at home against Washington (334/3) in 2021, but they kept him off the scoreboard on the road (258/0). The Commanders sit 21st defending quarterbacks (22.98 FPPG). With Carson Wentz also ranking as a top-five quarterback after two weeks, daily fantasy players will gravitate toward the hot hand, but both quarterbacks need a correction in their inflated stats. In addition, the Eagles want to run the ball over 30 times a game, thus slowing down the clock. Hurts has plenty of firepower at his disposal, but he needs Washington to set a face pace on the scoreboard to force Philly to the air.
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (DraftKings – $7,400/Fanduel – $8,200)
One of the checkboxes I need to improve on in the daily space is the health of each offense. For Herbert to be in top form, he needs Keenan Allen in the starting lineup and a positive report about his Week 2 rib injury. Herbert is an exceptional talent with the tools to excel in many matchups. After two games, he passed for 613 yards with six touchdowns. However, I don’t expect him to run the ball as much over the next couple of games. The Jaguars’ defense dominated Indianapolis last week, but the Colts played without their top wideout. The Chargers have better overall receiving depth plus strength at the running back position. For Herbert to excel this week, Jacksonville must show further growth offensively. He projects to be slightly against the grain.