Doesn’t this season feel all topsy-turvy so far for fantasy players? Kirk Cousins is a top-five fantasy quarterback last week, while Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are borderline starters. And that’s not even talking about the disastrous running back position. How much should we make out of these first three weeks, and how much should we preach caution?
Just like every week, these rankings are a team effort from the 2QB/Superflex team here at FakePigskin. Josh Berger and Joshua Lake combine their rankings to provide you with one weekly ranking of the top quarterback options. Here are a few notes on the rankings. If you’d rather just skip ahead and figure out which quarterback to start, scroll down.
When you’re looking at an NFL season, each player has only sixteen games; so three weeks is getting close to a statistically significant sample, or as close to it as we can get in this sport. It is time to start taking trends seriously, and it’s time to start asking whether some highly-drafted players are busts.
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Leading that list of major questions is Aaron Rodgers. Through three games, Rodgers has twice thrown for less than 200 yards, both times notching only one passing touchdown. What gives?
First, make note of those two matchups: at Seattle and at Detroit, both very tough defenses this year. Second, look at the poor offensive line play in front of Rodgers: he’s been sacked nine times through three games, and he’s been pressured on countless more dropbacks.
The former will get better, while the latter shows no signs of improving. Although the Packers’ offense retains its explosive potential, Rodgers will still be under great pressure and need to make quicker throws. That takes away some of the deeper routes he’s thrown in past years. In our opinion, you need to keep treating Aaron Rodgers as a must-start, but if you’re looking at trade options, you might realistically value him in the QB5-10 range, rather than his typical QB1-3 range. That said, against a porous and injured Bears’ secondary this week, we’re all in.
Another intriguing name is Kirk Cousins, the new Redskins starting quarterback, who has played at an excellent level in his first two games as starter. Coach Jay Gruden showed his desire to throw frequently in Cincinnati the last few years, and that trend has continued in Washington. Cousins should continue to get lots of attempts, and he has talented enough receivers around him to keep him a viable QB2 most weeks.
Finally, take a close look at Eli Manning if he’s still available on your league’s waiver wire. Manning just threw for 75% accuracy and two touchdowns against a solid Texans defense, and he has a cakewalk of matchups over the next four weeks. You could do worse than streaming a quarterback who plays Washington, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Dallas over the next four games.
Check out the podcast for more 2QB/Superflex discussion: If you’d like to hear deeper thoughts on our rankings, as well as some disagreements we might have, check out this week’s podcast episode on Week 4 QB rankings, or check out the podcast over on iTunes.
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