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In Week 2, three quarterbacks went down with an injury to add to Nick Foles’s injury in Week 1. With this big shift in starting quarterbacks, we still have the elite quarterbacks being elite as they should be. Then there are those who have yet to show any command in their respective offenses. This article will contain who I believe are the top 25 quarterbacks for Week 3.
Week 3 Quarterback Rankings
|Rank||Tier||Player||Team||Opponent||Week 3 Projetion (PPR)|
|1||1||Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City Chiefs||Baltimore Ravens||25.91|
|2||2||Lamar Jackson||Baltimore Ravens||Kansas City Chiefs||24.35|
|3||2||Dak Prescott||Dallas Cowboys||Miami Dolphins||23.78|
|4||2||Carson Wentz||Philadelphia Eagles||Detroit Lions||21.57|
|5||2||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||Indianapolis Colts||20.98|
|6||3||Deshaun Watson||Houston Texans||Los Angeles Chargers||20.92|
|7||3||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||New Orleans Saints||20.32|
|8||3||Jimmy Garoppolo||San Francisco 49ers||Pittsburgh Steelers||19.78|
|9||3||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||New York Jets||19.54|
|10||3||Jamies Winston||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New York Giants||19.35|
|11||4||Josh Allen||Buffalo Bills||Cincinnati Bengals||18.89|
|12||4||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||Philadelphia Eagles||18.67|
|13||4||Jared Goff||Los Angeles Rams||Cleveland Browns||18.59|
|14||4||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||Denver Broncos||18.21|
|15||4||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||Arizona Cardinals||18.18|
|16||5||Baker Mayfield||Cleveland Browns||Los Angeles Rams||17.62|
|17||5||Philip Rivers||Los Angeles Chargers||Houston Texans||17.57|
|18||5||Kyler Murray||Arizona Cardinals||Carolina Panthers||17.53|
|19||5||Derek Carr||Oakland Raiders||Minnesota Vikings||17.31|
|20||6||Kirk Cousins||Minnesota Vikings||Oakland Raiders||16.92|
|21||6||Marcus Mariota||Tennessee Titans||Jacksonville Jaguars||16.53|
|22||6||Jacoby Brissett||Indianapolis Colts||Atlanta Falcons||16.47|
|23||7||Mason Rudolph||Pittsburgh Steelers||San Francisco 49ers||15.73|
|24||7||Mitch Trubisky||Chicago Bears||Washington Redskins||15.24|
|25||7||Daniel Jones||New York Giants||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15.19|
Tier 1 QB
Patrick Mahomes is truly on another level. Both weeks he has surpassed his projections and even scored the most points among quarterbacks in Week 2 (finished top 5 in Week 1). This is all happening without star wideout Tyreek Hill who went down with an injury in Week 1. In Week 1, Mahomes was able to utilize Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce for an insane game. In Week 2, he used some new faces in Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. No matter who you give Mahomes to throw to, he will make them look like an absolute stud of a receiver with how well he can handle pressure and deliver some of the most accurate throws you will ever see. This is why he truly belongs in his own tier.
Big Week 2’s
Lamar Jackson yet again had a big week with 2 touchdowns on 272 yards. This first may not impress you, but Lamar is a cheat code when it comes to being a fantasy quarterback. He could also act as your RB1 as he ran for 120 yards on 16 attempts. If you were smart enough to pick Jackson up late in your draft, you should be thriving right now. Another stand out performance came from Jimmy Garoppolo who threw 3 touchdowns with 297 yards. He finally was able to utilize the rookie receiver, Deebo Samuel, and Marquise Goodwin in a very effective way. Lastly, Russell Wilson has made a name for himself again. The Seahawks appeared to be a run-heavy offense, but Wilson has been able to still throw for 300 yards with 3 touchdowns.
Both Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger left their games this week with injuries. Big Ben will be missing the remainder of the season with elbow surgery. Replacing him is Mason Rudolph. Rudolph looked decent in his first appearance, throwing 2 touchdowns for 112 yards with one interception. With Roethlisberger getting to the end of his career, this is a good chance to see the possible future of the Steelers. Teddy Bridgewater is Drew Brees replacement. Bridgewater did not start off hot. He did not find the endzone at all and ended the game with a miserable 18.3 QBR. We also got to see two new faces on the Jets. Sam Darnold sat out with mono and is likely to miss future weeks as well. His backup to start the game this week was Trevor Siemian. Trevor went down early in the game when his ankle snapped back and is ruled out for the rest of the season. We got to see the 3rd-string quarterback, Luke Falk, in action for the first time ever. Numbers-wise, Falk did not look terrible as he kept up an 80% completion percentage and had 198 yards. But most of his passes were dump-offs to Le’Veon Bell, and the Jets had trouble getting into enemy territory. If I would pick any of these to actually be worth any investment, it would be Mason Rudolph.
This is a list of quarterbacks that you should be starting every week but are facing a tough defense this week. First, we have Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers will have to deal with the Broncos who have only allowed one total touchdown through the air in two games. They also have picked off opposing quarterbacks three times, so Rodgers will have to play smart. Lastly, we have Deshaun Watson. Watson is set to face off against a Chargers’ defense that ranks 7th in passing yards per game this season. They have allowed two touchdowns to quarterbacks in each game so far. I expect Watson to have his way with them, but this is a matchup to be careful with.
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