Never in my life has time gone by as fast as it is now. Spring blooms and is gone in the blink of an eye. Summer goes by in seemingly a long weekend. Winter hits like a punch in the gut. While the fall lends itself to football. Now we are here with the Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 1 QB article!
Be sure to check out this week's other Bottom of the Barrel Posts - RB | WR (9/7) | TE (9/8)
As the first official week of the NFL season is close, I find it necessary to rewind time and mention what I had learned over the summer. As the 2022-23 season came to an end I was toasted. Fried out with no real direction. For the first time in my writing career, I had no idea what to do next.
I have never been as burnt out as I was in January. It left me stumped but with this feeling of emptiness. More like all alone with no prospects of change. I will admit social media gave me a false sense of security last season. With all my written work and single-slate NFL DFS videos I felt confident! I felt strong with a purpose!
While you’re in it nothing seems to be an issue. As long as the next article is out on time and the video hits the airwaves you are unstoppable! Then *poof* the season is over and you’re of no importance to anyone or anything. While I know that’s not true the allure of success, or being popular, can sway opinions and emotions.
So, I decided to do nothing. It felt wrong at first after having such a grueling schedule during the football season. I felt like a bum. Like a loser. Then it hit me, I was allowed to take a step back. I was allowed to take a break. In doing so there was a risk of becoming irrelevant on social media. Willingly halting my own progress and positive momentum. Such a bleak thought after being so involved and active the last five, or so, months.
Worst case scenario I could pick up right where I left off after the Super Bowl. In my mind that was good enough. What was the alternative? Trek onto hockey then baseball and then resent the very thing I love so much. After coming to that realization, I made the choice to rest. Furthermore, resting under the guise of a mental health break. Which was truthful after a few weeks. See, at first, I didn’t think of it that way. All I knew was that I just needed to stop before I fell over.
Over the course of the summer, I had to make peace with that decision. No matter which way I sliced it or framed it I was headed towards a breakdown. So regardless of what purpose I used or what idea I came up with I just needed time. During that time away it made sense. Had I not taken the risk of just walking away regardless of the consequences, who knows what would’ve happened?
I am happy that football season is back. I will save all the cornball amped-up and excited talk. I just wanted to be open and honest about how I spent my summer. It was not all sunshine and rainbows, but we made it out! The NFL is back!
*Note the number inside the parenthesis is the defense rank versus that position
Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 1 QB
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Jalen Hurts, Eagles @ Patriots (21st)
(FD-$9,000) (DK-$7,800) (Y!-$40)
Jalen is the most expensive player at the QB position on FanDuel for the Main slate. While Lamar Jackson beats him out by a few hundred bucks on DraftKings. Comparisons aside there are stories to tell for each quarterback. No worries, I will spare you that conversation.
As the 2023-24 season starts it’s hard not to think back on all the criticism and labels folks placed on Jalen Hurts only for him to absolutely shatter every single one of them. The Eagles have a bit of unfinished business as this season kicks off, seeing how they lost in the Super Bowl that’s the easiest narrative to create.
Jalen Hurts will be a popular play on a weekly basis this season in DFS formats. I’d like to think the opposing defense won’t matter much. Yet, that’s the beauty of daily fantasy football. We can pick and choose which players we roster. Week 1 is always a tricky spot given what we do not know. Even more so with Bill and the Pats. Do not think twice about spending up for Jalen Hurts in Week 1 and beyond.
Brock Purdy, 49ers @ Steelers (16th)
(FD-$6,900) (DK-$5,400) (Y!-$22)
Let’s see what all the fuss is about, right? As a sports card collector has been weird watching the ebbs and flow of Brock Purdy’s rookie card. Much like his real-life status, it was all tied to Trey Lance! So, the strange nature of a quarterback controversy was never really a thing. If you sit down and think about it the 49ers not only played themselves but all of us too!
Without a doubt, Purdy is now the starting quarterback for San Francisco. What does that mean for his fantasy prospects? I have high hopes for Brock this season. About ten days ago Purdy completed five of nine passes for 73 yards and ran for a five-yard touchdown run against the Chargers. Granted that was his last preseason action but again, if we listen closely, it tells a story! The trio of Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle would be enough to move the needle! Toss in Christian McCaffrey and that puts Purdy on the fast track to fantasy super-stardom!
The only argument to be made, or button to push, would be the exact reason why Brock’s fantasy star is rising! All the outrageously talented skill positions around him hinder what his true ceiling could be. I have never understood that argument. Not every professional quarterback has to be a one-man band. We have been spoiled with the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
It’s not like me to take it easy with my player projections, especially those who I mention in Bottom of the Barrel, but I have Purdy around 21 competitions, 230 passing yards, and two touchdowns. One in the air and one on the ground. He makes for a beautifully sneaky start in Week 1!
Other Interesting Players for NFL DFS Week 1
Each week I will be giving out my main plays up top, but will then be giving out some other players that caught my eye. For Week 1 this will be completely free! If you want access to these for the rest of the season be sure to sign up to be an All-Access Member.
Anthony Richardson, Colts vs. Jaguars (26th)
(FD-$6,700) (DK-$5,600) (Y!-$22)
Since the day he was drafted by the Colts, we all knew he’d be the Week 1 starter. What we didn’t know was the fact that star running back Jonathan Taylor wasn’t going to be in the backfield in Week 1. Believe it or not, that takes a lot of stress and burden off any quarterback let alone a rookie QB!
Like it or not the Bottom of the Barrel will still endorse Richardson with or without JT. It only opens spots for other players to step up and produce. When it comes to this week I have Anthony Richardson around 18 completions, 215 passing yards, one touchdown pass, 8 rushing attempts, and another 40 yards.
Kenny Pickett, Steelers vs. 49ers (13th)
(FD-$6,600) (DK-$5,200) (Y!-$20)
Once again, the Bottom of the Barrel is all about risk and reward. Any quarterback against the 49ers defense is a bad idea. Yet could also be a glorious reward just based on ownership percentages! In no way am I saying Kenny goes nuts and is part of the million-dollar winning lineup, but I do think he is worth a look in Week 1.
Anything is possible at the start of the season. Hence the reason why the Bottom of the Barrel exists, to be honest. By Week 5 or Week 8 what are the chances the 49ers defense is rolling and a top-3 unit? Pretty good bet but that has nothing to do with Week 1!
Let’s pencil Kenny in for 20-21 completions, 225 passing yards, and a touchdown pass. The kicker will be if Pickett is able to rack up any rushing yards. I think he takes off running 4 or 5 times for around 20 total yards. Not at all a safe bet in Week 1 but a risky one with an exciting range of outcomes.
Bryce Young, Panthers @ Falcons (19th)
(FD-$6,500) (DK-$5,500) (Y!-$23)
Sometimes, on certain occasions, these articles tend to write themselves. There is also a clear pattern starting to form at the Bottom of the Barrel for Week 1. Let’s use some of these rookie quarterbacks and see what we get! To me, using a rookie signal caller in Week 1 of the NFL season is like starting a rookie pitcher in baseball DFS. The opposing team doesn’t know what to expect from the rookie!
Carolina isn’t expected to do much this season when it comes to winning anything important but that doesn't mean all is lost! Atlanta is kind of in the same boat, but their offense is very intriguing. When it comes to Bryce I have him attempting over 30 passes and completing 21-22 of them. Young hangs 225 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and another 15 yards on the ground.
Desmond Ridder, Falcons vs. Panthers (24th)
(FD-$6,500) (DK-$4,900) (Y!-$20)
Color me intrigued with this Atlanta Falcons offense. I have read a few offseason articles where the Atlanta offense will remain more fluid than anything. Meaning, by rule they need an actual quarterback, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen but all offensive skill positions will be open to any sort of change based on packages called.
The idea of Ridder doing anything of importance in Week 1 isn’t all that high. Yet, that is what piques my interest. Those are the thoughts and feelings that take DFS lineups by storm. No one saw it coming yet after the clock hits 0:00 we’re looking at 300 passing yards with multiple touchdowns. I have Desmond around 17-18 completions, 200 passing yards, and two total touchdowns.
Jordan Love, Packers @ Bears (27th)
(FD-$6,400) (DK-$5,000) (Y!-$21)
The Aaron Rodgers era is over in Green Bay. That we do know. What we do not know is how this Green Bay Packers offense will look long-term with Love. Personally, I was shocked when I started to scroll and look at the QB price tags for Week 1. I must be out of touch because I’d prefer Jordan Love over the likes of Ridder, Pickett, and Bryce Young this week.
Strictly based on the matchup, alone, makes Love a beautiful play this week in Bottom of the Barrel. The Chicago Bears have seemingly placed a ton of time and effort on their offense while the defense is still a work in progress. Let’s count on Love to complete 22-23 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. There is a lot to like about this Packers offense and it starts this week. Do not let this game pass you by.
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