Fantasy Football Week 3: Quarterbacks (QB) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 18, 2012

September 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Lions 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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Big name quarterbacks continue to struggle for fantasy owners as Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Mathew Stafford have had to earn everything they’ve accumulated through two weeks.

All four should get back on track eventually for elite production, but we should expect marginal success for Brady against the Ravens and Rodgers against the Seahawks. Both quarterbacks will be on the road, so expect them to work the football underneath and game manage their teams to close victories.

Of the four quarterbacks list above it is Matthew Stafford that worries me most. As NBC annalist Cris Collinsworth pointed out numerous times on Sunday Night, Stafford’s accuracy was a problem. In defense of Stafford, Collinsworth also noted that part of the problem can be attributed to the high winds at Candlestick Park (I’ve watched a million games in that stadium and it’s can be very windy) so perhaps we shouldn’t be too down on Stafford’s performance.

This week is a big one for Stafford as the Lions go to Tennessee and take on a floundering Titans team. Philip Rivers had no problem making quick work of this defense in San Diego and if emerging middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is out with a high ankle sprain, Stafford should have an easy time as well.

What I did like in the Lions matchup against the 49ers, is Stafford had respectable pass blocking against one of the better front sevens in the game. Expect Stafford to hook up with Calvin Johnson early, but if his game goes south, perhaps it will be time to look at Stafford as a matchup play until this team figures some things out.

What Did We Learn From Week 2?

- Tony Romo isn’t worth trusting on the road, against respectable defenses. Perhaps this will change as the season moves along but Dallas is still an inconsistent team. Dez Bryant didn’t do Romo any favors with drops, so hopefully the third-year receiver will get back on track against the Buccaneers at home this week.

- Vick is going to have an eventful season and we shouldn’t trust him in matchups like this week against the Cardinals. Then again, Vick’s running ability coupled with a pass first offense, will give him some value each week.

- Joe Flacco benefited from playing against a weak Bengals secondary but was slowed at times against the Eagles. A matchup play this year, Flacco won’t be a low-end QB1 most weeks.

Sean’s Week 3 Watch List

- Matt Ryan has an interesting matchup in San Diego this week. Let’s see if the Falcons passing game can put together another dominant road performance against an emerging front seven. Atlanta still has some problems with pass protection so if the Chargers can rough up Ryan, it could mean a loss for the Falcons.

Even if that happens, Ryan should still be good for more than 300 yards and a couple of scores.

- Drew Brees and Sam Bradford have put together solid statlines against the Redskins defense. Andy Dalton had a bounce back game against the Browns last week, but if the Redskins can pressure him (has been a problem through two weeks) this could be a hard game for Dalton on the road.

Dalton will be helped through as stud pass rushers Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker are done for the year.

1 Robert Griffin III Bengals
2 Drew Brees Chiefs
3 Cam Newton Giants
4 Matt Ryan @ Chargers
5 Matthew Stafford @ Titans
6 Eli Manning @ Panthers
7 Tony Romo Bucs
8 Tom Brady @ Ravens
9 Aaron Rodgers @ Seahawks
10 Peyton Manning Texans
11 Michael Vick @ Cardinals
12 Philip Rivers Falcons
13 Andy Dalton @ Redskins
14 Ben Roethlisberger @ Raiders
15 Joe Flacco Patriots
16 Andrew Luck Jaguars
17 Jay Cutler Rams
18 Josh Freeman @ Cowboys
19 Matt Cassel @ Saints
20 Alex Smith @ Vikings

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