Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 3
Quarterbacks (Updated: Saturday, Sept. 21 - 01:58PM CT)
1. Peyton Manning (vs. Oak, Monday night)
If ESPN could take this week's Monday Night Football matchup back, surely they would. I feel bad for Raider Nation, as this is NOT the time to get a matchup against Peyton on the league's biggest stage. So far in 2013, the Broncos have scored 90 points in two games, with the next highest point-output being 66 by the Green Bay Packers (almost a 3rd fewer points). The best part is that 66 of those 90 points came in the second half!
2. Drew Brees (vs. Ari)
It's pure and simple; the Superdome savior, Drew Brees, puts up staggering fantasy football numbers when he's inside the dome at home. We all know he leads every category for QBs since arriving in New Orleans, but at home in the Mercedes Benz paradise, Brees averaged just over 309 yards and exactly three TDs from 2010-2012. Just ridiculous. He has 81 pass attempts in two games thus far, only four less than Peyton, which tells us all what we already knew - that the Saints still plan to pass the pill around with Sean Payton back on the sidelines calling the plays.
3. Michael Vick (vs. KC, Thursday night)
If he can stay healthy for 16 games (which he can't) then he'll have the highest ADP value of any QB in this years #FF drafts while commanding Chip "Big Balls" Kelly's jaw dropping hyper-offense. The pace is amazing, the momentum is the stuff fantasy football gods dream of. Although not knowing how to slow down the game and milk the clock cost them this week's game against the Bolts, it's hard to think this offense is going to get outscored by any team in the league. Sunday's 428 passing yards by Mike Vick is the most he's had in his career, it's actually his only 400 yard passing game… hell just to shit on his passing capacity more, it's only his 12th career 300 yard game.
4. Matthew Stafford (at Was)
Washington’s pass D was one of the worst in the league last year and just when you thought it couldn’t get worse coming into this season… it did - these guys. Given Stafford's uneventful opening to the season, and the belief that this is the type of game he can have his way is the main reason his ranked this high. Add to that, Reggie Bush is banged up, so Matthew is going to have over 40 passing attempts for the second time of the season.
5. Colin Kaepernick (vs. Ind)
Dåwg would probably have Colin in the top 2-3 this week except he thinks the 49ers are going to get back to establishing the run a little bit more after not doing so much of it the first couple of games. The run opens it up for this team, grinding… they need teams to worry about that part of their attack, or else their one eyebrowed QB is going to have a hard time living up to his potential as one of the next Superstars of the league.
6. Aaron Rodgers (at Cin)
It looked like Mr. Rodgers was trying to be Pyeton Manning's neighbor and match his previous week's 7 TDs and 452 yards passing this week. Double check discount boy had completed 26-of-31 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns in the first 30 minutes of Sunday's game alone - at one point, he was on pace for a 670 game. With Eddie Lacy concussed, James Starks was back there again... different dynamic, basically we feel it's back to the old way for the Packers, and there is no reason to think isn't the going to be the norm moving forward for the rest of this season.
7. Carson Palmer (at NO)
If pick-6's hurt your fantasy score, then move him way down - but the team is 1-1, and these guys are obviously going to have to pass to keep up with their competition. This is favorable to any owner that has Palmer on their team, but the limitations are extreme. While we prefer this Heisman Trophy winner as a QB2 in general, this week, against a string-cheese New Orleans secondary, he's a Top-10 play.
8. Tony Romo (vs. StL)
Tony Romo owners were hurt badly by the 4th quarter drop Dez Bryant had against the Chiefs on Sunday that should have gone for a long touchdown… As an owner who has that particular QB-WR combination in my main league, it definitely hurt - I would have won the week if Dez grabs that pass and scores. Ahhh... fantasy football aneurysms.
“I knew I had it. That’s what I was thinking, took my eyes off the ball. Shouldn’t have. That was a real bad mistake. That is not winning football. I can’t win like that. I can’t beat the guy and be nonchalant with the football.” -Dezzy Did Dallas & Vegas on Sunday.
Romo is already annoying owners just two games into the new season - he has no 300-yard games, no three-TD games (actually, he has only three TDs through the first two games).
This week is primed for Tony to have his 2013 breakout performance, but to be honest, this team (as usual) isn't giving us happy feelings at all.
9. Matt Ryan (at Mia)
Like his bestie, WR Julio Jones, Mr. "Personality" Matt Ryan is a better fantasy QB on the road than he is in the house that Deion built, and all signs point to a nice clear day to put up some serious fantasy points against a tough Dolphins defense. Dawgmaticå is confident that Ryan puts up Top-10 Week 3 QB numbers despite Rowdy Roddy still nursing his ankle injury and having his worst start to a season in ages. That said, Happy Harry Douglas is showing signs of why the Falcons made him a third-round pick in 2008, while Tony G and Julio will also help Ryan's cause.
10. Tom Brady (vs. TB)
11. Robert Griffin III (vs. Det)
12. Andy Dalton (vs. GB)
13. Eli Manning (at Car)
14. Cam Newton (vs. NYG)
15. Ryan Tannehill (vs. Atl)
16. Sam Bradford (at Dal)
17. Alex Smith (at Phi, Thursday night)
18. Matt Schaub (at Bal)
19. Russell Wilson (vs. Jax)
20. Joe Flacco (vs. Hou)
21. Philip Rivers (at Ten)
22. Andrew Luck (at SF)
23. Josh Freeman (at NE)
24. Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Chi, Sunday night)
25. Jay Cutler (at Pit, Sunday night)
26. Jake Locker (vs. SD)
27. Geno Smith (vs. Buf)
28. E.J. Manuel (at NYJ)
29. Terrelle Pryor (at Den, Monday night)
30. Brian Hoyer (at Min)
31. Christian Ponder (vs. Cle)
32. Chad Henne (at Sea)
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19. Cam Newton (vs. NYG)
19. Cam Newton (vs. NYG)