Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Top Available QBs

Brian Belko@@BrianBelkoContributor IIISeptember 20, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Top Available QBs

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    If you are not lucky enough to own the likes of Michael Vick or Tom Brady in your fantasy football league, consider one of these four quarterbacks who might still be available to start in Week 3.

    These four quarterbacks should be available in many fantasy leagues and have the matchups to put up a decent amount of points and maybe even have a big game.

Cam Newton

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    Many fantasy owners are probably kicking themselves for not picking up Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton last week. It was thought that his huge game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 was because of the Cardinals shoddy defense.

    Nobody really expected him to put up similar numbers against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in Week 2. However, Newton ended up throwing for even more yards against the Packers.

    Even though Newton threw three interceptions, the Panthers appear to be giving him the chance to make big plays. He is also a running threat which only adds to his value.

    He will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 which should be an easy game for Newton judging from his performance against the Packers. The Jaguars are the 14th ranked pass defense in the league and just gave up 32 points to the New York Jets.

    If Newton is still available in your league, grab him while you still can.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    In the first two weeks of the NFL season, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven himself to be a reliable starter in most fantasy leagues. Although his availability is probably pretty low, he should be grabbed if possible.

    If he happens to be on your fantasy bench, he should be started in Week 3 when the Bills take on the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the 31st ranked passing defense in the NFL. They should also put up a lot of points against the Bills which will force Fitzpatrick to throw a lot.

    The Patriots gave up 378 passing yards to Philip Rivers last week and over 400 passing yards to Chad Henne in Week 1. Their secondary is obviously a huge weakness on their team.

    Grab Fitzpatrick off of waivers if he is available and get him into your starting lineup for Week 3.

Colt McCoy

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    Last week against the 10th ranked passing defense of the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy threw for 211 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He is likely available in many fantasy leagues and is worth a start in Week 3 if you are in a pinch.

    The Browns will play the Miami Dolphins in Cleveland in Week 3. The Dolphins are the 30th ranked pass defense in the NFL and McCoy is starting to build some chemistry with a couple of his receivers.

    The Browns are coming off a big road win in Indianapolis and will look to keep rolling against the reeling Dolphins. A 300-yard and two-touchdown performance is not out of the question for McCoy in Week 3.

Andy Dalton

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    Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals had a stellar outing against the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Dalton threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns against the ninth ranked pass defense of the Broncos.

    In Week 3, the Bengals will play the San Francisco 49ers in Cincinnati. The 49ers are the 25th ranked passing defense in the NFL.

    Dalton seems to have a great rapport with young receivers A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson. The majority of his receiving yards last week were caught by those two players.

    Dalton should be available in most leagues and is worth a start this week if you are in a bind. He is at least worth a bench spot as the Bengals have a very favorable schedule for the next seven weeks.


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