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Fantasy Football – Week 3 QB Rankings

September 23, 2009

Romo Knows RockThis season’s fantasy pecking order is slowly but surely taking shape, but there’s still plenty of early-season anomalies that’ll take a few more weeks to correct themselves. One of them is Byron Leftwich’s surprisingly strong performance through two weeks despite a middling offensive line and a subpar receiving corps that’s thin even with Antonio Bryant in the lineup (he’s not).

Heading into Week 3, Leftwich has racked up the fourth-most fantasy points for quarterbacks in ETB’s scoring format behind Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco. Outside of Brees, these three weren’t exactly projected to be upper-echelon fantasy contributors: Ryan’s average Yahoo! draft position was 85th overall (end of the 8th round), Flacco’s 115th (end of the 11th round), and Leftwich, well, ol’ Byron wasn’t drafted in most leagues. He’s still a free agent in our league.

Those overall rankings will probably change this week, though, with Ryan in a less-than-ideal matchup on the road against an angry New England Patriots team and Leftwich facing an aggressive New York Giants defense at home. We do like Flacco at home against the woeful Cleveland Browns, though, as evidenced by his somewhat ambitious Week 3 rank below.

See also:
- Week 3 RB Rankings
- Week 3 WR Rankings
- Week 3 TE Rankings
- Week 3 DEF Ranks

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints @ BUF
2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts @ ARZ
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots vs. ATL
4. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. JAX
5. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers vs. MIA
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons @ NE
7. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. CLE
8. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears @ SEA
9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers @ STL
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers @ CIN
11. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. CAR
12. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals vs. PIT
13. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals vs. IND
14. Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills vs. NO
15. Eli Manning, New York Giants @ TB
16. Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings vs. SF
17. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins @ DET
18. Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Bucs vs. NYG
19. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos @ OAK
20. Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers @ DAL

2 Comments »Posted by Brian Spencer on Sep. 23, 2009 at 11:56 am in NFL, NFL Fantasy News

2 Responses

Just curious, after Matt Schaub’s near-perfect performance last week against a decent Tenn secondary, why not have him in the top 3? I think he will have a 3TD, 300 yd game, but I am no expert.

Also, why put Flacco so low? After Miami’s pass D looked great on Monday night, don’t you think there is a good chance that Phillip Rivers will lay an egg? Or do you believe the Colts just looked bad until they actually started using Donald Brown?

Obviously, Kevin Corn on the Kolb should be number 1. Lets go Birds.

Posted by: Mike on September 23rd, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Schaub certainly looked good last week. But that Tennessee secondary made Santonio Holmes and Big Ben look pretty good the week before as well. And Schaub gets a mild bump because you never know when he’s going to go down with a hangnail, but we have him in the top four, so start him with confidence – unless you also own one of those top three options.

We feel like seven is a fairly generous ranking for Flacco this early in the season. Keep in mind this was a guy being drafted after the tenth round in most drafts, but he’s thrown the ball well and this clearly isn’t the Ravens offense of the last decade. Cam Cameron is opening things up, and Flacco looks matured.

Miami’s pass D looked just OK, not great. There were some serious breakdowns in coverage starting with the opening drive. Peyton still managed to throw for 300 yards and 2 scores (133.9 QB Rating) despite having the ball for just 1/4th of the game.

The big takeaway from that game for me was that when the Colts needed to score late in the game, Donald Brown was the back they turned to on the last two possessions. Going forward I expect him to assume more and more responsibility in that offense.

Posted by: Andrew Thell on September 24th, 2009 at 10:32 am

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