Week 3 Rankings (2013): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the first two weeks of the NFL season now in the books we are starting to gain some clarity around the league (though in the NFL do we ever truly have the full picture).  Which quarterbacks are looking strong for 2013?  Who has matchups that, on paper, put them in position to produce in Week 3?  Who is looking like a riskier play than normal?  Let’s take a look at all of these questions as we dive into our rankings for the coming week:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Cincinnati
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
  4. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Washington
  5. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Miami
  6. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Kansas City
  8. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Detroit
  9. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
  11. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. St. Louis
  12. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Jacksonville
  13. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Carolina
  14. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Green Bay
  15. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at San Francisco
  16. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Dallas
  17. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Philadelphia
  18. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Tennessee
  19. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at New Orleans
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Atlanta
  21. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
  22. Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
  23. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Pittsburgh
  24. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
  25. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Chicago


  • Colin Kaepernick is coming off a terrible performance, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.  Of course it came against the Seahawks, in Seattle, so we have to cut him a little bit of slack.  It’s pretty safe to expect a bounce back performance in Week 3.
  • At this point we have to suppress Tom Brady on the ratings, at least until Rob Gronkowski and/or Danny Amendola return to the lineup.  Until then the offensive weapons are below average and he easily could struggle.  If one, or both, of his top targets are healthy for Week 3 he’d get bumped into the fifth spot (between Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan).
  • The Washington Redskins defense has been atrocious this season, while Matthew Stafford has been solid (635 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT).  In other words, Stafford is looking like a great play.
  • Speaking of the Redskins, they need to figure out how to avoid falling so far behind in the first half.  Of course, the deficits have allowed Robert Griffin III to throw early and often and post big numbers.
  • Andrew Luck has quickly emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the league (439 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT over the first two weeks), but do you trust him against the San Francisco 49ers?  It’s an extremely tough matchup and drops him to being more of a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 for this week.
  • The Green Bay Packers have allowed 6 TD with just 1 INT over the first two weeks of the season (they’ve faced Kaepernick and Griffin).  Part of that is because the Packers play shootouts, and the same thing will likely be true this week against the Bengals.  Andy Dalton could be a very attractive QB option thanks to his supporting cast and the matchup.
  • Sure Alex Smith is not a player anyone is going to clamor for, but taking on the Philadelphia Eagles he suddenly looks like a solid play for those in two-quarterback formats.  Keep in mind that over the first two weeks the Eagles have allowed 360.5 passing yards per game.
  • Carson Palmer’s value is tied directly to the health of Larry Fitzgerald.  Right now, that’s not looking too good…

Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings:


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16 Responses to Week 3 Rankings (2013): Top 25 Quarterbacks

  1. Lambda says:

    Rest of season…Pryor or Rivers if Vick is my QB1? Or is Smith the safest play?

  2. romo says:

    im starting matt ryan for sure but a toss between newton and bradford.. suggestions?

  3. sam says:

    Luck or Stafford?

  4. romo – Newton for me

    sam – Stafford all the way for me. I love him for this week and there’s very few people I’d sit him for.

  5. Brandon says:

    go with Luck or pick up and start Bradford/Rivers/Smith?

  6. l says:

    Is there something about the Chargers vs Titans match-up I should know about that has Rivers ranked 18th this week? I was seriously considering starting him over Romo (ranked 11th). I actually thought St. Louis’ secondary started looking pretty decent in the second half of the Falcons vs Rams match-up last week.

  7. Mike says:

    Stafford or RG3? Reggie Bush or D Richardson? I’m assuming Bush will be very limited at best.

  8. Mike says:

    Antonio Brown or Miles Austin at wr3 – ppr

  9. steven says:

    My qb is peyton. I have colin on my bench and have a offer of aj green for him. So i trade him atraight up

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