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Saturday DFS Primer: Buccaneers at Lions, 49ers at Cardinals and Dolphins at Raiders

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s be honest. You probably weren’t going to go out this Saturday night anyway, so why not put your fantasy football knowledge to the test and play some DFS on the rare occasion that we have NFL football all day on Saturday!

I’m here to break down the three-game slate — Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders — to provide enough DFS analysis to help supplement bankrolls for even more action on Sunday.

I’ll go by position by position labeling my top picks and fades to ensure a profitable Saturday night. Tis the DFS season! 


I was really hoping to be able to play the mobile Marcus Mariota on this three-game slate, but alas Derek Carr’s groin apparently made a full recovery. For that reason, Mariota is out as a cheap DFS punt play at the quarterback position. Carr can’t rostered because no team has allowed fewer fantasy points to QBs over the past four weeks than the Miami Dolphins.

The two primary QB options on this slate are obviously Tom Brady ($6,800) and Kyler Murray ($7,500). Murray has the highest ceiling of the two because his rushing attempts have returned — 21 carries the last two weeks — and he has dominated the 49ers in his career. 

The Cardinals’ quarterback has averaged 25.6 fantasy points per game in three contests versus San Francisco. 

Brady has the lower ceiling as a statuesque QB, but he could easily outscore Murray just with his arm because the Lions are simply terrible on defense. They have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs over the past four weeks, due in part to their lack of pass-rush.

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