High: Lamar Jackson ($7400)
With Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert dueling on Thursday Night Football and Josh Allen playing on Monday Night, Lamar Jackson is the top dog for Sunday’s slate. In Week 1, Jackson had a fairly subdued game by his standards (213 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, only six running attempts), largely because he didn’t have to try all that hard to beat the New York Jets. Making his home debut for the season against the Dolphins, Jackson has both a tremendously high floor and ceiling—over the course of his career, Jackson has averaged over 70 yards per game at home.
Middle: Derek Carr ($6200)
For whatever defects Carr may have as a passer, there’s no denying that he can sling the rock. More, he has the best weapons of his career—if not some of the best weapons in the entire league. Last week, Carr showed an instant connection with game-breaking wide receiver Davante Adams, but Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller are top-tier sidekicks as well. Against a lowly Cardinals defense that was just torched for 360 yards and 5 touchdowns by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Carr is in a great position to put up crooked numbers in the box score.
Value: Trey Lance ($5700)
Despite the question of whether Trey Lance is actually good at football, his goodness in fantasy football is much less uncertain. For years, running quarterbacks have been fantasy football’s most dangerous weapon, in large part because the scoring system rewards good running much more than good passing (you get .1 points for each rushing yard and six points per rushing touchdown versus .04 yards for each passing yard and four points per passing touchdown). As the point-man for the 49ers’ endlessly creative ground game, Lance carries immense fantasy potential, even coming off a rain-soaked stinker in last week’s upset loss to the Bears.