Week 3 Fantasy Football Projections: Assessing Matchups for Top QBs

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass from his own endzone in the second quarter agianst the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Quarterbacks get all of the love. To combat that bias toward the NFL's growing batch of potent signal-callers, here's an article devoted entirely to them.

Sorry, but quarterbacks are prominent scorers in fantasy football leagues, so they deserve some attention.

If you own Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, sorry for wasting your time. Picking your starting quarterback will never be an issue unless an injury strikes. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Not everyone else has it as easy. Many other passers deserve routine starting time, but some managers out-think themselves by riding the red-hot Sam Bradford over that Tom Brady weasel.

These three guys will start in most formats, but some owners might be thinking otherwise for at least the two younger statesmen of the trio.

Here's what gamers can expect from these young passers this weekend.


Matthew Stafford (at Washington Redskins)

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Don't think too hard about this one. Matthew Stafford is going to have some fun on Sunday.

Washington has already allowed more than 1,000 total yards, leading DeSean Jackson, James Jones and Randall Cobb to superb outings. Good luck stopping Calvin Johnson.

Although its run defense is also putrid, the Detroit Lions prefer to pass the ball, even if it's through short screens to the running back. Hey, Stafford still gets credit for all the yards compiled if Reggie Bush or Joique Ball catches it a foot down the field and takes it to the house.

The Lions threw the ball more than anyone else last year, and while the rest of the league is catching up to their pass-happy ways, Stafford has still aired it out 79 times this season.

Facing the Philadelphia Eagles before they could wear down Week 1 and Aaron Rodgers in Week 2 was an unfair lot for Washington, but Detroit possesses another sterling offense that will pile up the points.

Projection: 32-of-44, 360 passing yards, 3 TDs


Robert Griffin III (vs. Detroit Lions)

If Stafford is lighting up the scoreboard for Detroit, Robert Griffin III will be forced to retaliate.

The sophomore has not looked incredibly sharp in his return from ACL surgery, staying in the pocket with just 25 rushing yards. He has, however, compiled 649 passing yards and five passing touchdowns with some mighty fine garbage-time work.

Look at how far his splits have strayed between the two halves this season.

Washington has fallen behind in both of its losses, forcing Griffin to pass relentlessly as defenses play to avoid the big play. His real team obviously won't care too much about all the numbers produced in a losing effort, but it doesn't matter to us.

Whether he accounts for 300 passing yards in a 23-0 win or 44-23 loss, his fantasy managers earn the same amount of points. Griffin may not win lead Washington to victory, but he could contribute to a "W" for your fictitious organization.

Projection: 28-of-49, 315 passing yards, 35 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT


Russell Wilson (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 08:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Beware the misleading nature of this matchup.

It's easy to see Jacksonville Jaguars and lick your lips at a potential monster line. The Seattle Seahawks are primed to win big at home against their puny opponents, but the game may be too lopsided for Russell Wilson's own good.

Seattle won't need many points to extinguish the Jaguars. Armed with a defense that has allowed a league-low 10 points through two games, the game is virtually over once the Seahawks reach double digits.

So this bout could become a repeat of Sunday night's shellacking over the San Francisco 49ers that saw Wilson complete eight passes for 142 yards.

While Jacksonville has yet to face a premier passing attack, only Seattle has surrendered less passing yards. But despite rating second best against the pass, the Jaguars rate second worst against the run. See where this is going?

Marshawn Lynch is in line for another monster game while Wilson takes it easy. 

Projection: 15-of-22, 180 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, 1 TD