Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

 

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Seattle
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Minnesota
  5. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  6. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Denver
  7. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New York Jets
  8. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Pittsburgh
  10. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
  12. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Buffalo
  13. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Oakland
  14. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City
  15. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at St. Louis
  16. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  17. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
  18. E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Diego
  19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  20. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Houston
  21. Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Chicago
  22. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  23. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Cincinnati
  24. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Carolina
  25. Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta

Thoughts:

  • 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:

 

Week 3 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 2 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

42 comments

  1. Mike72 says:

    Hey Mr. Professor who will have the better next 2 weeks in a standerd scoring non ppr? Rainey or Knile Davis? Thanks as always

  2. Rob says:

    Hey professor, I was offered a trade offer to swap Pierre Garçon for Emmanuel Sanders in a full pt ppr league. What do you think about sanders outlook going forward, and is the trade worth it. Thanks

  3. shiv says:

    I have Zac Stacy, Ryan Matthews, Chris Ivory, Bishop Sankey, and James Starks. Should I drop Starks and pick up Jonathan Stewart or Donald brown to strengthen my RB corp?

  4. Brandon says:

    Offered a trade of Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, and Lamar Miller for Gio Benard and Greg Jennings in a 1 pt PPR. Seems like a pretty good trade for me, but Benard has been so lights out I’m having trouble pulling the trigger.

    • Who are your other RB? It does make sense if you have depth, but with Moreno out for a while you could be leaving yourself thin,

      • Brandon says:

        I have Benard, leveon bell, and bobby rainey so I’m already thin, but my leagues only requires me to start one RB, my other receivers r julio jones, ty hilton, victor Cruz, and cecil shorts

        • I like your receivers, but they have underperformed. Bernard is a beast and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him outperform Thomas in the least. I assume you can start 2 RB?

          • Brandon says:

            Yes I can start 2 RB and that’s usual how I go, only having to start one RB is great for bye weeks thiugh considering the receivers and TEs I have

          • There’s talk of Cincinnati going more “committee” which does concern me, but Thomas battles for touches himself. I’d call this one a gut call honestly

  5. Jim says:

    Should I drop Lamar Miller or Toby Gerhart to pick up Knile Davis this week? I have Jamaal Charles and AJ Green hurt. My starters at WR/RB/Flex this week are Demarco Murray, Andre Ellington, Keenan Allen, Roddy White, Mike Wallace. I also have Micheal Crabtree and Josh Gordon on my bench. Or should I just run with my current players. My guess is that I would need to spend 30-40% of my waiver wire funds to get Knile Davis, does that seem about right?

    • That may be a little high. You could probably live without him (nice to have depth), though I would use him this week over one of the WR in the FLEX (and probably next week too). That said, given what you have he isn’t a must add, but would be beneficial

  6. Sam says:

    Professor, I swapped R.G. III for Cousins but am unsure if I should rely on Cousins’ week 2 performance or play Tom Brady instead?

  7. Josh says:

    Thinking of starting Cousins instead of Romo. Seems like you have them pretty close on your charts. It looks like Romo isn’t passing down-field much, and with his health issues, Cousins seems like the better option. What would you do?

    • I have them back-to-back, so it’s a virtual coin flip. I’d probably lean Romo, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Cousins was the better option. Go with your gut on this one, and that seems to be leaning Cousins.

  8. Bob says:

    I have Romo and Dalton at QB. If AJ reen plays who would you start? Also should I be looking to make a trade for a viable QB each week? I just picked up a recently dropped Carson Palmer in hopes that he returns this year.

    Thanks again.

  9. Patrick Kelly says:

    Hey professor,
    My league is half point per reception, should I start Pierre Thomas or Ahmad Bradshaw week 3? Its for my flex spot because I already have Gio Bernard and Ellington as my starting rbs. Also on the bench I have Justin Hunter and James Jones.

  10. RT says:

    RP – Glad to be hear again this year and your draft guide was very helpful!

    I need one for Flex. Thanks

    Victor Cruz
    Markus Wheaton
    Hakeem NIcks
    Danny Woodhead
    Cecil Shorts

  11. romo says:

    hey roto. dalton or rivers?

  12. Bob – I’d still go Romo for this week. Monitoring the waivers each week won’t hurt, but the guys you have are more than usable.

    Patrick Kelly – Thomas is. “safer”, but I’d go Bradshaw, higher upside for me.

    RT – Welcome back and I’m glad I could help!! I’d be more apt to use Woodhead in a PPR, especially with Mathews out, but don’t underestimate Cruz’ upside, with all of the negativity hanging over him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have a big game this week. Maybe it’s a “gut” call, but Cruz is the way I’d go,

    Romo – Rivers

  13. Matt B says:

    Brees or Cutler? Cutler has looked a little better than brees the past 2 weeks

  14. Mike says:

    Hey professor, this week: Kaepernick or Cousins?

  15. Matt B – Like them both, but I’d go Brees at home

    Mike – Kaep for me

  16. Phil says:

    First time poster,

    I understand there is some hesitation with Peyton this week. I have Jay Culter on the bench, would I be better off just starting Culter? He seems like the safer pick…

  17. Gamer says:

    I expect this is a toss up, and was already leaning towards your rankings; but start Cutler over Foles? thanks

  18. Phil says:

    Too good to sit my ass. Goes to show that you shouldn’t listen to this “professor” guy. Cutler was the better option. Last time I read your *****.

    • Manning threw for 303 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT while Cutler hasn’t played yet. Not sure how you can draw any conclusions, but if that performance from Manning cost you the week (which is still an unknown), it’s a bad break.

      Plus, I said Cutler was “safer” but Manning was too good to sit. His performance, at least in my opinion, backed that up as he threw for over 300 yards against the best defense in the league.

  19. Alex says:

    For week 4 should I start Brady (currently starting) or Flacco (benched). I’m thinking Flacco because Brady hasn’t put up ANY good points for me at all lately. So am I right with my decision to start Flacco or keep Brady in? Thanks 🙂

  20. Tricia says:

    I wanted to drop Wilson and pick up Cousins (I am in a standard scoring league). But Rivers and Cousins have the same BYE. So that won’t work. Not sure why but I really want to pick up Cousins. 🙂
    Struggling with McCoy as well. Very skeptical. Frustrated

    • Cousins played well, but don’t drop Wilson for him quite yet. Plus, with the bye week situation, it’s an easy call. Stay the course for now as Wilson is the best QB option you have and I prefer Rivers to Cousins this week as it is.

  21. Alex says:

    To pick up Doug Martin or to not pick up Doug Martin…?

    (My RBs are Fred Jackson, Darren Sproles, and Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch.)

  22. Alex says:

    Anything I can email to you? Just temporarily I want to know if any of these free agents are worth picking up… Eric Decker and Larry Fitzgerald are also free agents in my league. The real question is… Do I pick him up

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