We’ve got a loaded slate on tap for Week 3, and if you’re looking for NFL DFS advice when it comes to selecting the best quarterback, you’re in the right spot. Let’s dive into the top NFL DFS quarterback picks and fades for Week 3. Our NFL DFS projections are especially high on Kirk Cousins, but they’re low on Josh Allen at this week’s price point.
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NFL DFS Quarterback Picks for Week 3 | DraftKings & FanDuel
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers will square off in what should be a high-scoring affair. This game has a total of 54 points, which is far and away the highest on Week 3’s Sunday slate. Quarterback Kirk Cousins should do plenty of the damage, especially now that the Vikings have functionally admitted that Alexander Mattison isn’t the answer at running back.
Cousins is projected for 3.8x value at DraftKings and 2.7x value at FanDuel. He takes on a Chargers defense that has coughed up an NFL-high 712 passing yards in two games, more than what the Giants and 49ers, two teams that have played three games already, have surrendered. The L.A. defense is allowing 10.3 yards per pass attempt, an embarrassingly high number.
Minnesota’s quarterback will cost you $6,900 at DraftKings and $7,800 at FanDuel. That makes him the eighth-priciest option at both sites. He isn’t a spend-up option, but he is a great mid-range asset, especially when paired with stud wideout Justin Jefferson or rookie Jordan Addison.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Yeah, yeah. We all know Patrick Mahomes is a great quarterback, and the DFS sites do, too. He’ll cost you a whopping $8,300 at DraftKings and $9,200 at FanDuel, but that isn’t stopping him from rendering as one of the top point-per-dollar plays in our NFL DFS projections. He’ll take on the disorganized Chicago Bears, who just parted ways with their defensive coordinator this week.
Mahomes should cook a Bears team in disarray. The Bears have coughed up the eighth-most passing yards this year with 562. They’ll likely have to play without star safety Eddie Jackson, who suffered a foot injury against the Buccaneers last week. Without Jackson, Chicago’s defense will be extra vulnerable to Kansas City’s high-powered passing attack, making Mahomes a great spend-up option.
NFL DFS Quarterback Fades for Week 3 | DraftKings & FanDuel
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills will take on the Washington Commanders this week, which means Josh Allen is a bad bet to pay off when he costs $8,100 at DraftKings and $8,800 at FanDuel. Washington’s defense has coughed up the 12th-fewest passing yards with 419 and only three passing scores. They are also tied for the NFL lead in sacks with 10.
Allen adds a lot of value with his legs, but the daunting Washington defensive front, which features studs like Jonathan Allen and Chase Young, is a bad matchup. The secondary is exploitable, but Allen’s receivers are unlikely to have much time to get downfield. With soggy conditions in the forecast, don’t expect the Bills to rely on their passing attack all that much.
Allen is projected to return only 2.6x value at DraftKings and 2.3x value at FanDuel. If you’re looking to spend up at quarterback, listen to our NFL DFS projections and just take Mahomes. Allen will have to play in disadvantageous conditions while contending with a good pass rush.
Zach Wilson, New York Jets
I hope you weren’t thinking about playing Zach Wilson this week. He’ll take on a New England Patriots defense that even caused problems for the high-flying Miami Dolphins passing attack last week. New England has coughed up the 11th-fewest passing yards this year at 419. They have allowed only two passing scores as well.
Wilson made some splash plays in his first game against the Patriots last year, but he didn’t show up in their second meeting. Wilson will also deal with rainy weather in Foxborough, which will make his life that much more difficult. He may cost only $4,900 at DraftKings and $6,300 at FanDuel, but, you know, you get what you pay for.