Fantasy Football Week 3: Ranking the Top 5 QB Matchups

Professor BushCorrespondent IIISeptember 20, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 3: Ranking the Top 5 QB Matchups

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    In many fantasy football league formats, the quarterback position generates the most fantasy points. So, choosing between your two quarterbacks could make the difference between a win and a loss this week.

    Some rookie quarterbacks have gotten off to fast starts to their careers, and some old hands shined in Week 2.

    Who will be the most productive quarterbacks in Week 3? This might depend on the team they are playing.

    So, let's take a look at the top five quarterback matchups for this week.


Andy Dalton vs. Washington Redskins

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    Andy Dalton goes up against the Washington Redskins this week.

    The Redskins have allowed 63 points in their first two games and have lost two defensive players for the season. They will be missing defensive end Adam Carriker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

    Last week against Cleveland, Dalton threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Something similar for this week is a good possibility.

Matt Cassel vs. New Orleans Saints

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    Matt Cassel goes up against the New Orleans Saints this week—a team in disarray, to say the least. The Saints have given up 75 points in their first two games.

    (Maybe without bounties, the defensive players can't get up for the games.)

    Cassel already has thrown for 559 yards in his first two games. I see these strong numbers continuing against the Saints, now suddenly the Aints.

Eli Manning vs. Carolina Panthers

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    Eli Manning had an awesome 510 passing yards against Tampa Bay last week.

    Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been ruled out for Thursday's game. Rookie David Wilson, second on the depth chart, seems banned to the bench for bad hands.

    So, we can expect the Giants to heavily rely on Manning and the passing attack in their game against Carolina. Even without Hakeem Nicks, Manning should put up a lot of fantasy points this week.

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Oakland Raiders

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    Ben Roethlisberger has thrown two touchdowns in each of the Steelers' first two games. He has a strong trio of receivers in Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace as well as tight end Heath Miller.

    The Raiders have given up 57 points in their first two games. Another two touchdown passes from Roethlisberger would seem to be a lock this week.

Matt Ryan

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    Neither the Atlanta Falcons nor the San Diego Chargers really have a defense that scares you. It seems to me that Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers will get into a shootout this week, and the last team to have the ball will win.

    I can see Ryan throwing one touchdown each to Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White, and racking up a ton of fantasy points.

    Just don't ask me who will win the game. That is a tough call.