Holy smokes, quarterbacks crushed it last week! Half of the league’s signal-callers put up at least 20 fantasy points, with Daniel Jones leading the pack with 30.7 points. Kirk Cousins also held his own, tossing four touchdowns, and C.J. Stroud passed for a league-high 384 yards. As we look to the Week 3 quarterback rankings, let’s keep our fingers crossed that the position continues to pack a fantasy punch.
A few injuries are worth mentioning before we get to the week’s rankings. As always, monitor injury reports throughout the week and make adjustments to your lineups as needed:
- Joe Burrow re-aggravated a calf injury that kept him sidelined for most of training camp. The wrinkle is that the Bengals play on Monday night, so fantasy managers will want to secure a backup in case Burrow can’t suit up. Jake Browning will get the start if Burrow misses time.
- Anthony Richardson is in the league’s concussion protocol. The rookie was on his way to a big day at the office before a head injury sidelined him in the second quarter of Week 2. If Richardson is unavailable, Gardner Minshew will suit up this week. UPDATE: Richardson was officially ruled out for Week 3. Gardner Minshew will get the start and is a solid play in 2QB and Superflex leagues.
- Bryce Young was ruled out of Week 3 with an ankle injury. Veteran Andy Dalton will get the start against Seattle.
Week 3 Quarterback Notes
- Kirk Cousins is on a tear to start the season. He’s the QB1 in fantasy land, is averaging 354 passing yards per game, and has six touchdowns to one interception on the year. Cousins should keep rolling this week. He gets a juicy home matchup against a Chargers team that has coughed up the most passing yards and second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Also, there should be a lot of throwing in this one, so Cousins could go off. He’s my QB6 in Week 3. You like that?!
- C.J. Stroud is coming off an impressive Week 2 performance against the Colts. He finished as the QB11 and completed 30-of-47 pass attempts for 384 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the rookie has slung the ball a ton to start the season, with his 91 pass attempts ranking third-most in the league. Stroud should continue to air it out this week in a divisional game against Jacksonville. The Jaguars have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points and fourth-most pass attempts to quarterbacks this season. I’m high on Stroud this week and view him as a top-tier QB2 who could sneak into QB1-territory.
- I wrote about Baker Mayfield last week, and I’m going back to the well this week. Mayfield has led the Buccaneers to a surprising 2-0 start, albeit against questionable defenses. But he’s looked solid — his 490 passing yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 28 rushing yards amount to a QB13 rank for the season. This week, Mayfield faces an Eagles defense that has given up the most fantasy points and passing touchdowns to quarterbacks in 2023. Tampa Bay will likely be playing from behind, and Mayfield’s stat line should benefit. He’s a mid-tier QB2 with upside this week.
- Jordan Love has looked solid this season. He’s thrown three touchdowns in back-to-back games (zero interceptions) and is averaging 21.7 fantasy points per game. While that’s all good, it’s worth pointing out that the touchdown rate is unsustainable. Additionally, Love isn’t throwing much. He has 52 pass attempts through two games, and his 55.8% completion rate is the third-lowest in the league. Yeesh. Combine that with a tough Week 3 matchup against New Orleans, and Love is a fade for me this week. The Saints have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season and have given up only one touchdown to three interceptions. Love is a back-end QB2 for me this week.
Week 3 Quarterback Rankings