With Week 3 just about to close out, we’ll examine two quarterbacks who saw some salary change heading into Week 4. After a really rough week for quarterbacks due to injury in Week 2, everyone seemed to come out Week 3 (relatively) healthy. With that in mind, let’s profile the following quarterbacks. Prices come via DraftKings.
Daniel Jones ($5,300) vs. Washington
Jones finally was able to give something for New York Giants fans to be excited about after a stellar performance in a shocking 32-31 victory over the Buccaneers. Sure, the Bucs blew it at the end and missing a 34-yard field goal didn’t help but lets the Giants fans relish at the moment!
Jones receives only a modest $300 bump in salary for his second NFL start against Washington. They’ve been a very generous team thus far to opposing quarterbacks and that’s even before we see them in their Week 3 matchup against the Bears on Monday. Through the first two weeks against the Cowboys and Eagles, they’ve allowed an average of 28.3 DKFP, 291 passing yards and six passing touchdowns, which is tied with multiple teams for the fifth-highest total in the league.
While it’s only been four quarters of football that we’ve seen Jones, he brings such a different dynamic to this Giants offense that it’s hard not to be excited about. Simply seeing him rush in for two touchdowns and 28 yards on his four attempts is something the Giants simply haven’t seen in years. As he continues to get his feet wet, a favorable matchup against Washington doesn’t hurt. I imagine he’ll be quite the popular option once rosters lock on Sunday.
Matthew Stafford ($5,500) vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Going up against one of the worst secondaries in the league in Week 3 against the Eagles, Stafford was a big disappointment overall, scoring just 12.1 DKFP by completing 18/32 pass attempts for only 201 yards and a touchdown. If you didn’t have Marvin Jones Jr ($5,400) on your team, who accounted for 101 of those yards, you weren’t exactly pleased with your QB/WR stack in a perceived big spot for the Lions’ offense. Kenny Golladay ($5,900) would end up being one of the biggest busts of the week, making only two catches on eight targets for 17 yards and an ugly 3.7 DKFP.
Despite a poor performance, Stafford’s salary remains the same as the Lions are now set to take on the Chiefs. The same Chiefs defense that has allowed an average of 271 passing yards and four touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. While it’s nothing impressive, these numbers come against Lamar Jackson ($6,900), Derek Carr ($5,300) and Gardner Minshew ($5,200). If we had a “get right” spot for Stafford, this certainly would feel like the one. With the Lions sporting a +6.5 spread in this game, Stafford should be throwing early and often in this game. As the week grows, the buzz on him should begin to grow and suddenly, everyone will forget about his lackluster performance against the Chiefs.
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