Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: QBs Who Will Continue to Improve Status

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

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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Quarterbacks have been the talk of the league yet again, and Russell Wilson is one passer who will continue to improve his status in Week 3.

Fantasy owners need to look at their quarterback situation right now. Some quarterbacks, like Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, have been disappointments. They have been hurt by the rest of their offense, but owners can't afford to sit around and wait for them to produce.

Young quarterbacks are taking over the league.  The youngsters are also mobile passers, so they bring a lot to the table. 

When looking at fantasy lineups, matchups are important. It doesn't matter if a team is expected to win or get blown out. In fact, teams that are supposed to lose often have players who post strong fantasy numbers in garbage time.

Here's a list of the top fantasy football quarterbacks for the 2013 season along with players who will continue to improve their status.


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during their game at Qwest Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The second-year quarterback continues to impress. Wilson hasn't put up great fantasy numbers this year, but he is facing the perfect opponent this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacksonville is expected to finish with the league's worst record, and it has to travel across the country to play at Seattle. The Jaguars lost in Oakland last week, so don't expect them to put up much of a fight this week.

When looking at the overall numbers, Jacksonville's pass defense looks good. It is ranked second behind Seattle in yards allowed, but teams haven't had to pass on the Jaguars. Jacksonville ranks 31st in run defense, which Seattle will exploit.

Marshawn Lynch is poised for a big game. However, Wilson's numbers will also be strong.

He has 462 passing yards, 40 rushing yards and two touchdowns this year. Seattle has averaged 30.2 points per game during its nine-game home winning streak, and Wilson has 18 passing touchdowns and a score on the ground during the streak.

Wilson is going to reward whoever starts him this week as he dominates Jacksonville. 


Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass during the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated th
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This selection is a combination of the player, whom he has around him and his opponent. Carson Palmer has always been a strong fantasy football quarterback, and he will have a big game against the New Orleans Saints.

The 33-year-old has 575 passing yards and three touchdowns in his first two games with the Cardinals.

New Orleans had the worst pass defense in the league last season. It has improved this year, but this game could turn into a shootout. If so, both quarterbacks are poised to put up big numbers in this game.

Palmer ranks 12th in the NFL in passing yards, so he can still get the ball to his receivers. He has established good chemistry with his receivers and spreads the ball around. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts each has 100 receiving yards, which shows Palmer's ability to find the open man.

Arizona will have to throw the ball in order to keep up with the Saints, and Palmer will find his playmakers on the outside. 


Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum on September 15, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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After competing with Matt Flynn in the preseason, Terrelle Pryor has had a pretty good start to the season. He is different from most dual-threat passers because he has such good size. The 6'4" quarterback can throw the ball or pull it down and run with it. His size allows him to take hits and get right back up to do it again.

The 24-year-old hasn't dominated with his arm, but his ability to run the football makes him a great fantasy option. He has led the Raiders to the No. 2 rushing attack in the NFL.

Pryor has 323 passing yards and has added 162 yards on the ground. He has surprised many by completing 64.2 percent of his passes, but he needs his receivers to make more plays. The quarterback has accounted for only one touchdown, which hurts his fantasy value.

As he continues to gain experience, Pryor will learn to find a way to put points on the board.

Denver has the best run defense in the NFL, but it has yet to face a dual-threat quarterback this season. Pryor will be able to get his yards on the ground, and he should be able to put up a good amount of passing yards against the league's fourth-worst pass defense.

Peyton Manning is going to put up a lot of points on Oakland. That will allow the Broncos defense to play back and let Pryor get respectable numbers. His team may lose, but the quarterback should have a good week in fantasy leagues.


*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com