With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 3 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning has 769 yards and nine touchdowns through two games as the Denver Broncos have piled up 90 points. He has an incredible set of weapons with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas. The Oakland Raiders will have their hands full trying to slow that train.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees has topped 300 yards in seven straight games dating back to last year. Jimmy Graham was an absolute monster for him last week, catching 10 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. This week he faces the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game to the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers has thrown for a league-high 813 yards through two games. He also has seven touchdown passes. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley give him an arsenal on par with Peyton Manning's. Cincinnati has a strong defense, but I can't see how they will slow Rodgers down.
4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford has thrown for 635 yards and four touchdowns. The Washington Redskins have been abused by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Packers through two games, yielding 310.5 yards and three touchdowns per game. Now they get to contend with Calvin Johnson.
5. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Vick has been a force with his arm (631 yards, four touchdowns) and his legs (77 yards, two touchdowns). He will look to spoil Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia as the Kansas City Chiefs come to town.
6. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick struggled against the Seattle Seahawks last week, throwing three interceptions while being held to 127 passing yards. He ran for 87 yards, but that wasn't enough to help his team or fantasy owners. The Indianapolis Colts struggled with Terrelle Pryor's athleticism. Kaepernick presents a dual threat that will be tough to slow.
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan has thrown for 678 yards and four touchdowns through two games. This week he faces the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed 279.5 yards per game.
8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Manning has thrown for 812 yards and five touchdowns through two games. He has also thrown seven interceptions. The Carolina Panthers have allowed just two passing scores in two games, but Eli is being asked to shoulder the load as the Giants' run game is nonexistent.
9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton is off to a slow start with 353 passing yards, three touchdowns and 53 rushing yards through two games. He draws the New York Giants this week. The G-Men have allowed 551 yards and four touchdowns through two games. I'm expecting Newton to score his first rushing touchdown of the season this week.
10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady is frustrated with his receivers, but he gets a long week to smooth out the wrinkles. Brady has 473 yards and three touchdowns through two games. He's facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.
11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson did not have to do a lot of heavy lifting as the Seattle Seahawks pounded the San Francisco 49ers. Expect more of the same this week as the Seahawks face the Jacksonville Jaguars. I expect Wilson will get his early before turning the reins over to the run game.
12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo has thrown for 561 yards and three touchdowns. He's facing the St. Louis Rams, who have allowed 661 yards and four touchdowns through two games. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten give Romo a solid trio to throw to.
13. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Palmer has thrown for 575 yards and three touchdowns in two games. He will be asked to throw often against the New Orleans Saints, which should lead to a big day.
14. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RGIII has thrown for 649 yards and five touchdowns, but he hasn't looked right. The Detroit Lions have given up 243 yards and a touchdown per game.
15. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Smith has thrown for a modest 396 yards, but he has four touchdowns, 82 rushing yards and no turnovers. He'll have to dial it up against the Philadelphia Eagles due to their high-powered offense. Fortunately, they have yielded 721 yards and five touchdowns through the air.
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