Week 3 QB Rankings: Quarterback Fantasy Stats & Projections

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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

RankTierPlayerTeamOpponentWeek 3 Projetion (PPR)
11Patrick MahomesKansas City ChiefsBaltimore Ravens25.91
22Lamar JacksonBaltimore RavensKansas City Chiefs24.35
32Dak PrescottDallas CowboysMiami Dolphins23.78
42Carson WentzPhiladelphia EaglesDetroit Lions21.57
52Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsIndianapolis Colts20.98
63Deshaun WatsonHouston TexansLos Angeles Chargers20.92
73Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksNew Orleans Saints20.32
83Jimmy GaroppoloSan Francisco 49ersPittsburgh Steelers19.78
93Tom BradyNew England PatriotsNew York Jets19.54
103Jamies WinstonTampa Bay BuccaneersNew York Giants19.35
114Josh AllenBuffalo BillsCincinnati Bengals18.89
124Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsPhiladelphia Eagles18.67
134Jared GoffLos Angeles RamsCleveland Browns18.59
144Aaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersDenver Broncos18.21
154Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersArizona Cardinals18.18
165Baker MayfieldCleveland BrownsLos Angeles Rams17.62
175Philip RiversLos Angeles ChargersHouston Texans17.57
185Kyler MurrayArizona CardinalsCarolina Panthers17.53
195Derek CarrOakland RaidersMinnesota Vikings17.31
206Kirk CousinsMinnesota VikingsOakland Raiders16.92
216Marcus MariotaTennessee TitansJacksonville Jaguars16.53
226Jacoby BrissettIndianapolis ColtsAtlanta Falcons16.47
237Mason RudolphPittsburgh SteelersSan Francisco 49ers15.73
247Mitch TrubiskyChicago BearsWashington Redskins15.24
257Daniel JonesNew York GiantsTampa Bay Buccaneers15.19

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.

New Faces

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.

Tough Matchups

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.

I am a student at the University of Michigan studying Sport Management. I have been involved in sports as long as I can remember, playing football, baseball, and basketball. I also love learning how to play songs on the piano and ukulele.

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