With two weeks of data to work from, we’re starting to get a more clear picture of the NFL landscape. Of course things change quickly, so we shouldn’t become locked into our thinking. Who is for real? Who is about to hit a wall? Let’s try to figure it all out as we set our rankings for Week 3:
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Kansas City
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Dallas
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Seattle
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Baltimore
- Cam Newton – New England Patriots – vs. Las Vegas
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Chicago
- Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – at Minnesota
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New Orleans
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Pittsburgh
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
- Gadner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Miami
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Houston
- Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – at Philadelphia
- Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Atlanta
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Washington
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
- Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Carolina
- Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Jets
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Buffalo
- Daniel Jones – New York Giants – vs. San Francisco
- The Los Angeles Rams have done a good job of limiting opposing quarterbacks over the first two weeks (508 yards, 1 TD), though a 2 INT day against the Eagles in Week 2 help to buoy those numbers. They’ll be tested in Week 3 against Josh Allen, who has proven capable of making plays with both his arm (729 yards, 6 TD) and his legs (75 yards, 1 TD). Don’t use the matchup as a reason to downgrade Allen, who has emerged as a Top 5 option.
- The Seahawks have struggled against opposing quarterbacks thus far, allowing 847 yards over the first two games. Of course the defense is likely still rounding into form after the acquisition of Jamal Adams, so we have to be patient. They’ve allowed at least 397 yards passing in each of the first two games, so there is every reason to believe that Dak Prescott and company are going to be able to continue feasting as he’s thrown for 716 yards over the first two weeks.
- Matt Ryan has been spectacular over the first two weeks, throwing for 723 yards, 6 TD and 1 INT. He draws a Chicago defense that’s allowed the third fewest points per weeks to opposing quarterbacks over the first two weeks, so the knee jerk reaction would be to downgrade him. However Chicago hasn’t faced any juggernaut quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford & Daniel Jones), so this passing attack will be quite a different story. We’ll find out if Chicago is for real, but Ryan should continue to be viewed as a QB1 in all formats.
- Who would’ve expected Aaron Rodgers to have 6 TD passes over the first two weeks of the season? While he’s not the top tier QB1 that he once was, he’s still a viable QB1 when the matchup calls for it. Against the Saints, he’s worth utilizing.
- While Gardner Minshew has been great this season (512 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT), let’s not forget that he threw for just 173 yards in Week 1. The matchup against the Dolphins seems promising, though a lot of their downfall has come via the run (opposing quarterbacks have run for 93 yards and 2 TD over the first two weeks). That’s not Minshew’s game, and it’s hard to expect him to toss 3 TD for a third straight game. View him as a QB2, but don’t push him any higher than that.
- The Atlanta Falcons have allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks this season, with 5 passing TD and 3 rushing TD. While Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t shown it yet this season, he has 7 rushing TD in his career and has shown signs of figuring things out. There’s enough here to roll the dice as a viable QB2.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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