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