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Week 3 – The Fantasy QB Rundown (Top 10)

Below are The Kommish’s rankings for fantasy QBs going into Week 3 of the regular season. Keep in mind, fantasy rankings may not always reflect real-life rankings. No one cares about wins and losses in fantasy as long as your QB piles on the stats. Futile comebacks and garbage time scores for losing QBs tend to be some of the best fantasy point generators. That said, here’s the Week 3 list: 


  1. Drew Brees
  2. Cam Newton
  3. Matt Ryan
  4. Robert Griffin III
  5. Matthew Stafford
  6. Aaron Rodgers
  7. Tony Romo
  8. Eli Manning
  9. Tom Brady
  10. Alex Smith


I know, I know. You’re wondering why I have Griffin III all the way down at #4, right? I mean, in nearly every fantasy league RGIII is at the top of the points board. You’re absolutely right. But, I’m still not crowning him the number one option just yet. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a must start with a high ceiling every week at this point. The top 5 are broken down below.



Drew Brees vs. Kansas City

Bottom line, Kansas City has been a punching bag thusfar in 2012. They have given up 477 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first two weeks, and their opponents seemingly have been able to score at will. The Saints have yet to put forth a strong performance, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that their QB is still Drew Brees. A matchup against a pushover team with a porous defense is just what the ailing Saints need going into Week 3 at 0-2.


Cam Newton vs. NYG

The Giants secondary has been fairly shaky thusfar in 2012, so they are going to have to hope that their front four can both put pressure on Newton and contain him at the same time. Through 2 weeks the G-Men have given up 550 yards and 5 touchdowns, and their secondary has looked extremely weak at times. Newton’s ability to mix it up on the ground and with his strong arm could be a dangerous combination that causes problems for the Giants going into Week 3.


Matt Ryan vs. San Diego

Matt Ryan has a decent matchup facing the Chargers in Week 3. San Diego is in the top third of the league in terms of pass defense based on yards and TDs given up through 2 weeks, so they won’t exactly lay down for Ryan to have a big day. Following his DUI arrest Michael Turner is still likely to remain in the lineup unless things change, so that will help the ground game and the ability to setup play action. At the end of the day Matt Ryan has been hot thusfar in 2012 and the combination of Jones, White, and Gonzalez will produce matchup and coverage problems for San Diego.


Robert Griffin III vs. Cincinnati

He’s Superman, right? Regardless of his super powers, RGIII is facing a Cincinnati defense that has been weak against both pass and run. That is a terrible combination when you’re facing a quarterback with amazing athleticism who can air it out or break a run at any moment. Shanahan’s modified read option has been working for keeping Griffin comfortable in the first 2 weeks, and he’s likely to have another strong performance in Week 3.


Matthew Stafford vs. Tennessee

Stafford has been a bit of a disappointment compared to his gaudy 2011 numbers, but that’s not to say he doesn’t still have the big score potential. With Megatron on his team there’s always the chance for an explosive day. The Titans have given up 520 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first two weeks of 2012, and they’ve shown weakness in the secondary when faced with prolific passers. Maybe it’s not fair to put a shaky defense up against Brady, Rivers, and Stafford in the first three weeks of the season. Regardless, Stafford should break out that big day we’ve been waiting for.

K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

One Comment

  1. The Kommish (K. Smelser)

    September 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Big wiff on Newton this week. Meh. Win some, lose some.