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:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Cincinnati
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Washington
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Miami
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Indianapolis
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Kansas City
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Detroit
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Tampa Bay
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. St. Louis
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Jacksonville
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Carolina
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Green Bay
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at San Francisco
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Dallas
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Philadelphia
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Tennessee
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at New Orleans
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Atlanta
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
- Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Pittsburgh
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- 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: