Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Quarterbacks Set for Huge Performances

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 17, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls out the play in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 15, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Denver Broncos defeated the New York Giants 41-23.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Elite quarterbacks are great to have in fantasy football, as they are normally consistent with their production. In Week 3 of the NFL season, there are some top quarterbacks who will utterly dominate their competition en route to a huge day.

Peyton Manning has been lights out for the Denver Broncos through two weeks, and there's no sign of him slowing down as his team welcomes the Oakland Raiders to the Mile High City on Monday Night Football.

Aaron Rodgers has been able to move the ball down the field at will thus far in this young season. After picking apart the Washington Redskins in his second game of the year, Rodgers is set to do more big things against the Cincinnati Bengals this week.

Colin Kaepernick isn't considered an elite quarterback just yet, but the youngster has proven he has the goods to put up those kinds of numbers. Week 3 will be yet another opportunity to prove that as he goes up against the Indianapolis Colts and their suspect defense.

Let's take a look at some of the best quarterbacks to start in Week 3 and which ones will have the best showing.


Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Any quarterback facing the Oakland Raiders is likely to have a huge performance, but considering it's Manning behind center for the Broncos in this game means it could be a legendary day.

Manning is off to a great start to the season. After a Week 1 all-time performance that saw him throw for 462 yards and an astounding seven touchdowns, No. 18 went on to beat his little brother Eli in Week 2 with 307 yards and two touchdowns.

Negative points aren't a concern with Manning, either, as the future Hall of Famer has yet to turn the ball over in 2013-14.

The Raiders have been solid against the pass this season; however, that success is a bit misleading when looking at Oakland's No. 6 ranking against the air attack this season. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Chad Henne of the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't in Manning's universe and don't have the incredible depth to throw to that Manning has in his receiving corps.

Whether it's Demaryius Thomas near the sideline, Wes Welker in the slot or Julius Thomas up the middle, the Raiders will have countless matchup nightmares to deal with in their unproven secondary.

Stat projection: 415 passing yards and four touchdowns.


Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Now I know the Cincinnati Bengals have a talented defense that can stop most offenses; however, Rodgers is playing on another level right now, and there isn't a defense that can stop him.

In Week 1 against the vaunted San Francisco 49ers defense, Rodgers had no problem getting into the end zone with three scores and compiled 333 yards. The only pick he threw was actually a pass that hit his receiver right in the hands, only to be tipped up and intercepted by the Niners defense.

Week 2 was an even better showing for Rodgers. After facing pressure early on in the game, Rodgers picked the Washington Redskins defense apart to the tune of 480 yards and four touchdowns without throwing a pick. He completed an impressive 34 of 42 passes for a QB rating of 146.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler enjoyed some success against the Bengals in the season opener. Cutler threw for 242 yards and two scores in the winning effort, but we all know that Cutler is no Rodgers.

The Packers quarterback looks unstoppable right now and should have no problem racking up points this week against the Bengals.

Stat projection: 350 passing yards and 20 rushing yards with three touchdowns.


Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Kaepernick is still building his case as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and while he isn't there yet, he can certainly put up the numbers to put him in that class.

Last week wasn't so friendly to Kaepernick, as he was mostly shut down by the Seattle Seahawks, and their physical cornerbacks were too much for the Niners receivers to handle. Even with that being the case, Kaepernick still managed to score some extra points with 87 yards on the ground.

His finest performance came in Week 1 against the Packers. The sophomore signal-caller threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in his 2013-14 debut. With so many ways to beat opposing defenses, Kaepernick can put serious points up on the board for fantasy owners.

The Niners' Week 3 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, have a horrid defense that couldn't stop a nosebleed. With a weak secondary and a porous front seven, Kaepernick will be able to pick and choose how he burns the Colts in this game.

He'll be able to throw the ball at will, and when his options close up in the passing game, there will be ample room for him to pull it down and run with the football. Expect huge things from Kaepernick as he looks to rebound after a Week 2 loss.

Stat projection: 275 passing yards and 65 rushing yards with two total touchdowns.