Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 3: Quarterbacks

Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The rookie quarterbacks continue to put up some solid fantasy numbers, while most of the veterans also had strong efforts. Scottie shares his Week 3 rankings and thoughts on who will make the most of their favorable matchups in his Week 3 Quarterback Rankings.

After smoking hot starts in Week 1 for Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez and Peyton Manning, those of us who expected them to keep it rolling were very disappointed.

Cutler was harassed by the Green Bay pass rush all night and was not able to get anything going. He ended the night with four interceptions and was sacked seven times.

After such a great game against the Bills in Week 1, it looked like Sanchez was finally coming into his own. That all came screeching to a halt as the Steelers held him to 138 yards passing on only 10 completions.

And in a game that many were looking forward to, Peyton Manning made his return to Monday Night Football. He put himself behind the eight ball early, throwing three picks in the first quarter and only throwing for one touchdown.

It was not all doom and gloom for fantasy quarterbacks, though. Robert Griffin III turned in another great performance. He threw for only 206 yards and one touchdown, but more than made up for it on the ground with 82 yards and two touchdowns. Eli Manning had an incredible 510 yards passing with three touchdowns and three interceptions. It should be hard to sit Manning all season with the awesome receivers that he's throwing to. Finally, Cam Newton, my favorite because he's on so many of my teams, posted a solid day with 253 yards passing and a touchdown plus 71 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown.

Here are some quarterbacks who should perform well in Week 3:

Robert Griffin III, Redskins -- He faces a Bengals defense that allowed Brandon Weeden to put up over 300 yards passing. I think Griffin is on the verge of placing himself among the elite/must start class of fantasy quarterbacks. If he continues to score rushing touchdowns, than that is certainly the case.

Tom Brady, Patriots -- Yes, Brady will be without Aaron Hernandez, but do you really think the Patriots will lose two games in a row. They will be facing a Baltimore defense that gave up almost 400 yards passing to the Eagles last week. I think the veteran Brady will come back strong this week.

Jay Cutler, Bears -- It's really hard to know what you're going to get from Cutler on a week-to-week basis. I had him here last week and totally bombed, but I think with the longer week of preparation that the Bears' passing game will be ready to face St. Louis.

Tony Romo, Cowboys -- Romo gets to face the Tampa Bay defense that Eli Manning just torched. This will also be the Cowboys' home opener, which should provide a comfortable environment after two games on the road.

Matt Cassel, Chiefs -- I think Cassel will have a lot of garbage time passing numbers in this week's game against the Saints. New Orleans will be wanting to avoid an 0-3 start and will try to put the game away fast and early.

Four other quarterbacks who could put up solid numbers: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills), Mark Sanchez (Jets), Andy Dalton (Bengals), Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars)

Quarterback
1 Drew Brees
2 Matt Ryan
3 Robert Griffin III
4 Matthew Stafford
5 Cam Newton
6 Aaron Rodgers
7 Tony Romo
8 Eli Manning
9 Peyton Manning
10 Philip Rivers
11 Tom Brady
12 Michael Vick
13 Matt Cassel
14 Ben Roethlisberger
15 Joe Flacco
16 Alex Smith
17 Andy Dalton
18 Jay Cutler
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick
20 Andrew Luck
21 Matt Schaub
22 Carson Palmer
23 Josh Freeman
24 Jake Locker
25 Mark Sanchez
26 Sam Bradford
27 Christian Ponder
28 Blaine Gabbert
29 Brandon Weeden
30 Russell Wilson
31 Kevin Kolb
32 Ryan Tannehill
33 Tim Tebow


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