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Fantasy football rankings, Week 3: Quarterbacks

The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which quarterbacks rank in the top 25 heading into Week 3.

What has happened to Aaron Rodgers? His struggles in 2015 were blamed on the injury to Jordy Nelson. Nelson has returned to the offense but Rodgers hasn’t regained his fantasy mojo. In Week 1, he had a pretty good game but not what’s expected of a top-five fantasy quarterback. This last game against the Vikings was a disaster. He was sacked five times, fumbled three times and threw an interception. Rodgers seems to have lost the killer instinct that carried him to fantasy stardom. This Sunday provides a great opportunity to flip the switch. He faces Detroit at home and the friendly confines of Lambeau should help him bounce back.

Injury concerns have taken their toll on fantasy quarterbacks in Week 2. Jimmy Garoppolo has an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder. As usual, the Patriots are not releasing much about the situation and downplaying the seriousness. It wouldn’t surprise anybody to see him sit out this short week and maybe even the next. Jacoby Brissett should get the call and probably won’t be called on to do much. Josh McCown has an AC sprain injury as well. He’s already been declared out for Week 3. Cody Kessler will get his first start. McCown may be held out for 3-plus weeks. The situation in Cleveland just keeps getting darker and darker.

Andy Dalton was limping following the loss to Pittsburgh. It’s most likely a minor issue but keep an eye on his practice participation. Jay Cutler injured his thumb on Monday night, the same thumb he fractured in 2011 and caused him to miss the last six games of the season. If he misses some serious time, Brian Hoyer would get the starts. There are some really good receiving weapons in Chicago but Hoyer wouldn’t warrant a fantasy pick up.

My sleeper this week is Kessler. Cleveland didn’t plan on Kessler being the starter this early in the season. He faces a stiff Miami defense but should be able use what Cleveland has to move the chains. I think he’ll pass for around 280 yards and a touchdown in his debut. Not superstar numbers but enough to provide some real hope for the future.

Quarterbacks, Week 3

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett, DG: Derek Gordon)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB DG
1 Drew Brees NO vs. ATL 5 4 1 1 2 1 2
2 Cam Newton CAR vs. MIN 3 3 5 3 1 2 6
3 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. DET 2 5 6 2 5 3 1
4 Andrew Luck IND vs. SD 8 1 7 4 7 5 3
5 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ PHI 6 2 3 7 4 6 11
6 Matt Ryan ATL @ NO 1 8 2 6 8 4 15
7 Eli Manning NYG vs. WAS 4 12 4 10 10 7 8
8 Philip Rivers SD @ IND 7 7 11 11 3 9 7
9 Carson Palmer ARI @ BUF 10 11 10 5 9 8 5
10 Matthew Stafford DET @ GB 13 6 13 9 6 9 12
11 Derek Carr OAK @ TEN 9 10 15 13 12 10 10
12 Blake Bortles JAC vs. BAL 12 9 14 16 11 11 9
13 Russell Wilson SEA vs. SF 14 21 8 8 16 12 4
14 Marcus Mariota TEN vs. OAK 17 14 12 14 14 13 16
15 Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. CLE 11 16 9 12 -- 14 23
16 Joe Flacco BAL @ JAC 18 18 15 17 17 16 18
17 Kirk Cousins WAS @ NYG 16 22 18 15 23 15 13
18 Brock Osweiler HOU @ NE 19 15 16 20 13 19 --
19 Jameis Winston TB vs. LA 15 19 17 21 19 17 21
20 Andy Dalton CIN vs. DEN 21 17 25 23 20 20 14
21 Dak Prescott DAL vs. CHI -- 20 20 22 15 18 19
22 Carson Wentz PHI vs. PIT 23 13 21 -- 18 22 --
23 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ @ KC 22 25 19 19 24 21 20
24 Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. ARI 20 23 23 24 22 23 17
25 Alex Smith KC vs. NYJ 25 24 22 25 21 24 24
-- Brian Hoyer CHI @DAL 24 -- -- 18 -- -- --
-- Blaine Gabbert SF @ SEA -- -- -- -- -- -- 22
-- Trevor Siemian DEN @ CIN -- -- -- -- 25 25 25
-- Sam Bradford MIN @ CAR -- -- 24 -- -- -- --