by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Just three weeks in and we are already faced with having to maneuver around a handful of bye weeks. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the two quarterbacks who are out this week are among the best options in the league (Aaron Rodgers & Carson Wentz). Who are the best options to step up and replace them? Which under-the-radar options are worth buying in two-quarterback leagues? Let’s take a look:
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at San Diego
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. New Orleans
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Minnesota
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Cleveland
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at New York Jets
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Cincinnati
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
- Brian Hoyer – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Tampa Bay
- Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. New York Giants
- Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Denver
- Blaine Gabbert – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Dallas
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- The matchup would tell us that Drew Brees is going to be among the best options for Week 4. However with the game coming in San Diego it’s not quite that simple. In his road start in Week 2 he threw for 263 yards and 1 TD and he’s always produced significantly better at home than on the road (9 TD vs. 6 INT in ’15). He’s still going to be among the better options, but keep the split in mind.
- Last season against the Bears Matthew Stafford threw for 703 yards, 7 TD and 1 INT. He’s already posted a pair of 300+ yard games this season, as well as two 3 TD games, so everything seems to be pointing in the right direction. Throw in the questions surrounding the Lions’ running game and there’s every reason to slot him in as a Top 5 option.
- A healthy Russell Wilson would probably be a locked in Top 5 option against a Jets’ secondary that has underwhelmed this season. That said he’s battling a sprained MCL and isn’t even a guarantee to play. We’ll keep him on the rankings, but there’s reason to be skeptical about his potential upside.
- Brian Hoyer’s first game filling in for the injured Jay Cutler was a “success”, though he was asked to throw the football 49 times. Still, he posted 317 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT and there should be opportunities for him to make plays against the Lions (who have allowed 10 TD over the first three weeks). Obviously there’s risk, but he’s an under-the-radar option for those in need.
- Ryan Tannehill has thrown for nearly 900 yards over the first three weeks (892) and draws a Cincinnati defense that’s allowing the fourth most points per week to opposing QB. Throw in the questions hovering over the running game and he’s a borderline QB1 and a very good play as a QB2.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings: