First we had the loss of Sam Darnold before Week 2 games even began, then Sunday hit and fantasy owners were sent into a panic after Ben Roethlisberger (out for the season) and Drew Brees went down due to injury. While neither veteran is quite what they once were, there’s a good chance they were being utilized as your starter and that leaves you searching for an answer. Who could step up and be a viable option in Week 3? Let’s take a look:
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Detroit
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Cleveland
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Cincinnati
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New Orleans
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Giants
- Phillip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Houston
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Philadelphia
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Pittsburgh
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Oakland
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Washington
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Minnesota
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Buffalo
- Mason Rudolph – Pittsburgh Steelers – at San Francisco
- Dak Prescott has thrown for 674 yards and 7 TD over the first two weeks of the season and now draws the defense that has allowed the most points per week to opposing quarterbacks… Clearly this one has the potential to get ugly in a hurry.
- Lamar Jackson not only showed that he can throw the ball against a defense other than Miami in Week 2, as he completed nearly 65% of his passes for 272 yards and 2 TD, but he also reminded us the type of difference maker his legs can be. After only running the football three times in Week 1, Jackson went off for 120 yards on 16 carries against the Cardinals. The Chiefs may be a tough draw this week, but with what he’s shown thus far it’s impossible not to have him among the Top 5 options.
- Before we get too excited about what the Denver Broncos defense has done thus far, let’s keep in mind that they’ve faced the Bears and Raiders. Neither of those passing attacks are going to strike much fear, so we’ll learn a lot more about them as they square off with Aaron Rodgers and company this week.
- It hasn’t been a strong start to the season for Jameis Winston, throwing for 402 yards, 2 TD and 3 INT over the first three games, but there’s nothing like a matchup with the Giants (who have allowed the third most points per week to opposing quarterbacks) to get you back on track. While we can’t push him too far up the rankings, he’s a potential QB1 and a solid injury fill-in if you find yourself in need.
- Speaking of disappointing starts, Cam Newton has not thrown a TD over the first two games. That’s hard to believe, especially with 572 yards, and it’s something that should be quickly remedied in Week 3. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed the second most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, including 5 TD vs. 0 INT. Continue to view Newton as a worthwhile QB1, and one who could enjoy a breakout performance.
- Who would’ve thought the Pittsburgh Steelers defense would’ve allowed 641 passing yards and 6 TD over the first two weeks of the season? It wasn’t just Tom Brady in Week 1 either, as Russell Wilson and company torched them for 300 yards and 3 TD in Week 2. While Jimmy Garoppolo may not lead an overwhelming offense, he’s a good bet as high-end QB2 this week.
- Taking on the Raiders we’d have Kirk Cousins ranked much higher, but Minnesota has shown no interest in being a pass heavy attack. Instead they have focused on the run, and that’s going to continue to limit Cousins’ upside.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings: