by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We are now two weeks into the season so we have some type of clarity across the league, right? Of course not! Given a slew of injuries to some of the top players in Week 2, everyone’s lineups are probably in a bit of flux. Who should we trust? Who is riskier than normal? Let’s take a look, starting off with our Week 3 quarterback rankings:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Seattle
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Minnesota
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Denver
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New York Jets
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Pittsburgh
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Buffalo
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Oakland
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at St. Louis
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
- E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Diego
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Houston
- Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Chicago
- Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
- Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Cincinnati
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Carolina
- Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
- We all know that the Seattle Seahawks are one of the premier defenses in the league, but they just allowed 284 yards and 3 TD to the San Diego Chargers and you know Peyton Manning is going to come out with something to prove. He’s thrown for 3 TD in each of the first two weeks and should once again perform at a high level. Don’t downgrade him based on the Super Bowl, though there is a little bit more risk than usual. While we move him off of the top spot, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him perform like the best in the league.
- The Oakland Raiders are a mess, but it’s been against the run that they’ve really struggled. After allowing 212 yards in Week 1, they watched Arian Foster, Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes combine for 187 yards and 1 TD. After the Patriots threw just 22 passes in Week 2, while Stevan Ridley rushed it 25 times, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them go a little bit run heavy once again. That’s going to suppress Tom Brady’s ranking as the entire Patriots offense has become a week-to-week wild card. They try to game plan and expose weaknesses making trusting anyone, even Brady, a tough sell.
- We’ve often heard about a potential quarterback controversy in Washington, but with Robert Griffin III now out it’s officially Kirk Cousins’ job. He played well in Week 2, throwing for 250 yards and 2 TD, and gets a potentially favorable matchup against the Eagles (who have allowed 5 passing TD, tied for most in the league). While we wouldn’t call him a must play option, he’s certainly a borderline option depending on your alternatives.
- After Week 1 everyone wanted to believe in the New York Jets defense… Then Aaron Rodgers exposed them. While the health of Jay Cutler’s receiving corps is a question, both Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall ultimately played in Week 2. With a secondary that is susceptible, look for Cutler to provide a big week.
- If Carson Palmer is heathy, he’s going to be a good option in two-quarterback formats. Just check the news throughout the week to be sure, but as of right now we are leaving him off the rankings. There is a bit of risk in trusting him.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings: