Week 3 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks (Updated)

The big news of the week was the announcement of Michael Vick taking over the starting job in Philadelphia.  That wasn’t the only news, however, as a few teams made quarterback changes.  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  3. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver
  4. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Houston
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  6. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Dallas
  7. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Seattle
  8. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Jacksonville
  9. Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  10. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  11. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  12. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Tennessee
  13. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. Indianapolis
  14. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  16. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – at Carolina
  17. Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Diego
  18. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Washington
  19. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – at Kansas City
  20. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Philadelphia
  21. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Miami
  22. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  23. Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – at New York Giants
  24. Derek Anderson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Oakland
  25. Bruce Gradkowski – Oakland Raiders – at Arizona

Thoughts:

  • Michael Vick was installed as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback early in the week.  After his performance in Week 2 and the Jaguars poor defense (they are allowing 300 passing yards per game and 420 total yards per game), you have to love the matchup.  He’s a must start option in all formats.
  • There have been rumors that Kevin Kolb may be traded, so don’t give up on him yet in two-quarterback formats.  There certainly are teams that are looking for help, so let this play out for now as long as you had a viable replacement and room on your bench.
  • The Raiders have decided to start Bruce Gradkowski this week over Jason Campbell.  It’s a bit of a surprise, but as I’ve mentioned, I would consider Gradkowski a sleeper in two-quarterback formats (click here to view our Sunday Sleepers article).
  • Will Vince Young stick this week or will Kerry Collins again replace him?  It’s certainly hard to trust Young right now, so consider him a low-end QB2 until he proves otherwise.
  • Charlie Batch will get the start for the Steelers, with Byron Leftwich on the bench (is he healthy?).  It would be a surprise to see the team try to do anything but grind the game out on the ground, so stay away from this situation and be cautious with their wide receivers as well.
  • Jimmy Claussen will be making his first NFL start, but it’s hard to trust him quite yet.  Those in two quarterback formats should be watching extremely closely, however.  If he’s still available, you should stash him just in case.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 Rankings:

Week 4 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks
Week 3 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)

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