Week 3 Rankings (2020): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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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:

  1. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Kansas City
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Dallas
  3. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Seattle
  4. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  5. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  6. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Baltimore
  7. Cam Newton – New England Patriots – vs. Las Vegas
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Chicago
  9. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – at Minnesota
  10. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New Orleans
  11. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  12. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Pittsburgh
  13. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  14. Gadner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Miami
  15. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Houston
  16. Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – at Philadelphia
  17. Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
  18. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Atlanta
  19. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  20. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Washington
  21. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
  22. Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Carolina
  23. Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Jets
  24. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Buffalo
  25. Daniel Jones – New York Giants – vs. San Francisco

Thoughts:

  • 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

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

12 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, Prof. I have Stafford and Minshew. Stafford will be getting back Golladay and DET may be involved in a shootout in ARI. On the other hand, Minshew is just getting it done and JAX alive in ball games. Which one do I start? I’m leaning towards Minshew vs. MIA.

  2. Hey Professor. Curious as to whether I can snipe Michael Thomas from a team desperate for RB help. I currently have…

    RB: Edwards-Helaire, Chubb, Gordon, Kelley, Swift, Mattison (claims to drop Mattison for Freeman, Gaskin, Gibson)
    WR: Robinson, Golladay, Di. Johnson, Reagor, Campbell (claims to drop Campbell for Cole, Valdes-Scantling)

    Target team has…
    RB: M. Sanders, Gurley, Lindsay, Hines, Howard
    WR: M. Thomas, R. Anderson, T. McLaurin, J. Crowder, D. Parker, C. Kupp

    Looking at flipping Gordon for Thomas, especially if Thomas can’t suit up for Week 3 and if the target team is unsuccessful in getting waiver relief for their RBs. Am I on to something? Thanks as always for your input!

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