Week 3 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Now two weeks into the season we are getting a better idea of who we can trust and who has been disappointing.  However, these conclusions just lead to more questions.  Can Cam Newton continue his hot start?  Has Matthew Stafford entrenched himself as one of the top QB in the league?  Let’s take a look at how things stack up for Week 3:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans – vs. Houston
  3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Padres – vs. Kansas City
  4. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  8. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at New Orleans
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  10. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  11. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears –vs. Green Bay
  12. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  13. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
  14. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Indianapolis
  15. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
  16. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at St. Louis
  17. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at Tennessee
  18. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  19. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – vs. Denver
  20. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  21. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Oakland
  22. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Baltimore
  23. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – at Cleveland
  24. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – vs. Miami
  25. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco


  • It has become crystal clear that, if he can stay healthy, Matthew Stafford is capable of posting gaudy numbers.  Over the first two weeks of the season he has thrown for 599 yards and 7 TD (tied with Tom Brady and Ryan Fitzpatrick).  Taking on a Vikings team that has allowed 288.0 passing yards per game, he is a must play option in all formats.
  • Speaking of Fitzpatrick, he has been extremely impressive to open the season, though he’s going to be put to the test this week against New England.  Can the Bills keep up?  They are going to have to put the ball in the air early and often to try (while they likely will try to keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands, it’s not likely to work), making Fitzpatrick a very intriguing option as a QB1 for the coming week.  He may not throw for over 300 yards, but he’s showing that he can find the end zone early and often.
  • Tony Romo suffered a punctured lung in Sunday’s game, but returned and helped bring the Cowboys back to beat the 49ers.  The fact that they let him come back in Week 2 would make you think that he’s going to play in Week 3, wouldn’t it?  We’ll include him on the rankings for now, though a change could be needed.
  • Does Schaub vs. Brees smell like a shootout to anyone else?  Both quarterbacks could post some big-time numbers in that one.
  • I am not going to say that I am not still skeptical about Cam Newton.  He did throw 3 INT in the Week 2 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, as he tried to keep up with Aaron Rodgers.  However, it’s hard to overlook the fact that he’s thrown for over 400 yards in each of his first two NFL games.  Then again, against the Jaguars, will they need to throw the ball quite as much?  While he could produce some points with his feet, you have to think that the Panthers will finally try to establish DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.  I would consider Newton a QB2, as it is unlikely that he reaches those types of numbers again.
  • Mark Sanchez showed why fantasy owners have reason to be concerned about him in Week 2.  Sure, he tossed 2 TD while going 17-24 for 182 yards.  However, he also tossed 2 INT.  It’s hard for me to consider him anything but a low-tier QB2.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessors Week 2 information:

Week 3 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 2 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers


  1. LouGatsby says:

    Professor, the QB situation has been spotty at best on my team and I’m getting a little nervous. I have..

    QB1- Matty Ice
    QB2- Joe Flacco

    Of the 1st 2 weeks, both have had good performance followed by a terrible performance or vice versa. Based primarily on style of play I want to keep Matt Ryan as they can open it up however I’m considering trading Flacco for Hasselbeck. In my opinion the if CJ2K can get going they could be a dangerous sleeper team. Would you advise against Flacco for Hasselbeck at this point or would that be shrewd move? Your opinion is always appreciated.

    • I know Flacco’s been bad, and I can understand wanting to jump ship, but I do think Hasselbeck is a little bit of an oversell. With Ryan in place, I can see moving Flacco, but is there another piece you can at least get back in the deal to even it up?

      Personally, I wouldn’t be jumping ship quite yet, though. I still like Flacco’s potential to produce more, though Hasselbeck has closed the gap.

  2. LouGatsby says:

    Thanks for the response, I will monitor both QB’s and keep an eye on their production.

  3. Sam says:

    hey professor, its Sam from last week again, just wanted to say thanks a ton for the help, beat my comish by 60 pts! didnt follow the lineup you set me up with to the T but used it as a great guideline. anyways number two in the waivers right now and was wondering who i should pick up for the long run. im stuck between danny woodhead, but i already have benjarvis. Dexter McCluster, because of the jamal charles injury, and julio jones just cause he has matt ryan throwing to him.

    i picked up andy dalton, the texans defense, and eric decker earlier this week due to injurys to austin and hernandez, who i didnt release and are sitting on the bench till they are healthy, and currently in negotiations for a trade to snag me James Starks and Jason Witten for Fred Davis, Chris Cooley and Vernon Davis. im just kinda lost in all this action, again this is my first time ever in a league so any help would be great!

    sorry for rambling so ill get to my intent behind this comment:
    1:Best Free Agent pick up if the trade i mentioned above goes through
    2:Best Free Agent pick up if the trade doesnt go through
    3:should i start the giants defense or the texans defense this week?

    im sure you dont remember me from last week but again thank you for the insight

    my league set up for reference is:
    QBx2, RBx2, WRx3, TE, W/R, W/T, Q/R/W/T, R/W/T, DEF, K

    thanks again

    • Sam, I do remember and I’m glad to hear you won! First off, I love that trade if you can make it. Trading three tight ends for a RB and arguably the best TE in the league is a steal.

      As for the FA, I probably like Julio Jones the best, long-term, though I can see McCluster being the pick. Is it a PPR league? That will help send it over the top for me, so let me know that.

      As for the D, if Vick is out I would definitely go with the Giants. Houston vs. NO is a matchup I’d want nothing to do with.

  4. Dan says:

    Romo or Fitzpatrick for week 3?

  5. Sam says:

    thanks for the response, i made that trade with the guy after a lil negotiating. the final trade was: ryan fitzpatrick, james starks, and jason witten- is what i got
    he got- d bowe, andy dalton, chris cooley and fred davis.

    good trade?

  6. Mike Warren says:

    Hey Professor,

    I have a question about a trade I’m thinking about proposing… I would give away Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates and I would take in Tony Romo and Ray Rice… Do you think the other guy would do it?

  7. Dan – Assuming Romo is playing, he’s the way I would go. He showed how tough he was last week and could light up the Redskins secondory.

    Sam – Assuming you have the depth at WR to part with Bowe, I love the move!

    Mike Warren – It all depends on team need. Does he have enough RB to part with Rice? With Gates’ hurting also, it’s a long shot.

  8. Mike Warren says:

    How about if I gave him Dustin Keller/Rivers for Rice/Romo??

  9. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    this is what happens when in a 14 team league and you choose to go rb/wr/heavy and throw in a qb injury or 2…
    I got Bradford(my backup turned starter)vs ravens or Dalton vs the 49ers. both looked good last week…
    only options to pick up would be Henne/Collins/Gabbert – slim pickings

  10. damanzi says:

    I have schaub as well as Stafford who I got both at great values in my draft. I shifted to Stafford in week 2hurt and it paid off, but I can’t shake the feeling that im gambling when I start him. Who do you like this week and bigger numbers going forward?

  11. Muddy – it is slim pickings, but we all know Bradford has the potential to breakout. He’s shown it before, even with little talent on the outside. It looks like he’s building a rapport with Mike Sims-Walker, so don’t be surprised if he starts producing.

    damanzi – As long as Stafford stays healthy, I could see him posting similar numbers to Schaub. The only question has always been his health, so having both of them is a great luxury for you. I’d play the match-up from week-to-week and enjoy having a great combination at QB.

  12. Kormani says:

    Which would you have started this week: Romo or Culter?

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