Week 3 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries have certainly had an impact on our rankings, with Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo all among the quarterbacks to be either sidelined or banged up.  What is the impact of them?  How does everyone else stack up?  Let’s take a look at our rankings for Week 3:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Kansas City
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Chicago
  5. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at St. Louis
  7. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  8. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Detroit
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Dallas
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  11. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Minnesota
  12. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  13. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Diego
  14. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  15. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
  16. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  17. Nick Foles – St. Louis Rams – vs. Pittsburgh
  18. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New England
  19. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  20. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – vs. Philadelphia
  22. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Houston
  23. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
  24. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  25. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Denver

Thoughts:

  • It looks like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are out to prove a point, with Brady throwing for 754 yards, 7 TD and 0 INT over the first two weeks of the season.  While Jacksonville’s passing defense has been decent thus far, they’ve faced Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill.  Solid quarterbacks, but obviously nothing close to what Brady brings to the table.
  • Ben Roethlisberger has gotten off to a great start, but so has a Rams’ defense that has allowed the sixth fewest points per week to opposing QB (13.63).  It should be a great battle, but as we’ve seen from Roethlisberger before he should still be able to produce.  Don’t knock him down too far based on the matchup.
  • A lot of Cam Newton’s value has come from his legs (111 rushing yards and 1 TD over the first two games), but why should we expect that to change?  He’s taking on a Saints’ defense that has also been among the worst at stopping opposing quarterbacks thus far (514 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT), which should just add to Newton’s appeal.
  • The calls to write off Peyton Manning may have been a bit premature, huh?  The Broncos continue to throw the ball (over the first two weeks he’s attempted 40 and 45 passes) and he is coming off a game where he threw for 3 TD.  He’s not the player he once was, but he’s a viable QB1 all the same.
  • It has been a disastrous start for the New York Giants, though the passing game appeared to find it’s footing in Week 2.  Eli Manning threw for 292 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT and in two matchups with the Redskins last season he totaled 7 TD vs. 1 INT.  He’s a gamble, but one that’s well worth considering as a low-end QB1.
  • The problem for Philip Rivers has been throwing INT (3 thus far), and not his actual production as he’s thrown for 645 yards and 4 TD.  Can we expect him to suddenly limit the mistakes?  It’s certainly hard to, as dating back to last season he has 10 INT over his past five games (and 8 straight games with at least 1 INT).  That’s going to limit his upside value, so keep it in mind.
  • Colin Kaepernick has run for 40+ yards in each of the first two games and had 117 in two matchups with the Cardinals last season.  It’s a difficult matchup overall, but his ability to make plays with his legs can’t be ignored.
  • While Nick Foles hasn’t posted monster numbers, as of yet, he draws a Pittsburgh defense that has been torched by passing attacks over the first two weeks (623 yards, 6 TD).  Sure some of that is courtesy of Tom Brady, but Colin Kaepernick produced as well.  While Foles isn’t “trustworthy”, he’s a solid option in two-quarterback formats.
  • For now we are leaving Drew Brees on the rankings, though there are injury concerns and a chance that he misses this week’s game.  Couple that with his poor performance over the first two weeks and he’s only going to be a borderline option for Week 3.  How would’ve predicted that prior to the season?

Sources – NFL.com, Yahoo!

Make sure to check out all of our 2015 rankings:

Week 3 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 2 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Kickers

15 comments

  1. Mike in Georgia says:

    I have Stafford and Rivers…understand Stafford may not be 100% and Rivers is Rivers…I could pick up either Kaepernick, Tyrod Taylor, Dalton, Winston or Derek Carr and drop Rivers…is this a good move going forward season long or bide my time with Rivers?

    Also, Travis Benjamin is available at WR and Matt Jones at RB with me being 3rd on waiver list. My WRs are Hopkins, Landry, Allen Robinson, Percy Harvin and Brandon Coleman (likely drop). My RB’s are LeVeon Bell, Arian Foster, Jeremy Hill (did he lose his job??), Latavius Murray and Rashad Murray (likely drop).

    Should I go after either one (may miss both to #1 and #2)?…or stand pat amd move to #1 on waiver wire for the next great thing (lol)?

  2. Nation says:

    Hi Proff,

    I have Drew Brees and Marcus Mariota in a 12 man league with only 1 starting QB spot. Tyrod Taylor and Nick Foles are available. Would you drop Mariota for Tyrod or would you drop a second Def or K from my roster to make room?

    Thanks for your advice!

  3. Hello says:

    Hi, looking to trade for Luck, just wanted to know what type of player would you trade for him in either 1 for 1 or 2 for 1

  4. Matthew Summerlin says:

    Yo Roto,
    I have Drew Brees and Eli with only one starting spot. Carson Palmer is out there on waivers. Should I drop one of these QBs and get Palmer? If yes, then which QB do I drop? Thanks

  5. Wendy says:

    Hi Professor, I have Bree’s and Bradford – should I roll with Bradford? Or pick up T Taylor?
    Also should I drop Woodhead for Matt Jones?

  6. Nation – In a 1 QB league, no reason to roster 3 QB. At this point I’d prefer Taylor to Mariota

    Hello – I touched on your Q in another thread, but you aren’t going to get him for pennies on the dollar. You’ll have to give up an elite player.

    Matthew Summerlin – Right now it’s hard not to want Palmer. I’d prefer him to Manning short-term, though I think the two you have already have the higher upside for the full season

    Wendy – I’d probably go Taylor / Jones right now

  7. Andy says:

    Hi Professor,
    I have Tony Romo and Drew Brees, who should I pick up to replace Romo? do you think I should keep Brees too?
    T Bridgewater, S Bradford, A Dalton, T Taylor, Joe Flacco
    Thanks.

  8. K says:

    Bradford owner — as some insurance/a backup for both this week and ROS, I’m looking at one of: Stafford, Fitzpatrick, Bortles, Weeden.

    Thoughts?

  9. Andy – I would keep Brees. As for the replacement, I’d go Bridgewater or Taylor (fairly interchangable)

    K – ROS I’d say Stafford, but for this week Bortles

  10. S says:

    Thoughts on Eli or Tannehill? I know it’s a toss up!!! Hate TNF!!

  11. craig says:

    I have Stafford and Dalton as my qbs, Tyrod taylor is still available. SHould i drop stafford for tyrod?

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