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Week 3 QB Rankings

Deciding between two QBs? Need a streamer? Check out Jacob Adler's picks for the week.

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By my count, 23 quarterbacks broke 15 fantasy points in Week 2. Not among them? Andrew Luck and Drew Brees, two passers drafted highly this season. Personally, I think both will end up in the top 12 quarterbacks by season’s end, if only for volume’s sake.

Here's how last week's recommendations performed.

Carson Palmer
Week 2 Finish: 13

What happened: Well, you don’t see four passing touchdowns and only 185 passing yards every often. Palmer’s numbers could have been even better if Arizona decided to run up the score even farther.

Joe Flacco
Week 2 Finish: 12

What happened: We’re not here to talk about the Ravens losing to the Raiders, just that Flacco threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns against a porous Oakland defense. Flacco is a bit polarizing this week against Cincinnati.

Colin Kaepernick
Week 2 Finish: 4

What happened: This was almost a miss, as Kap and the 49ers’ offense did not look good to open the game. He made up for it while the 49ers were down big, ending up with 335 passing yards and 51 yards on the ground.

Andy Dalton
Week 2 Finish: 11

What happened: Dalton now has two solid performances in two weeks, and threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns versus the Chargers. Enjoy it before Cincinnati’s schedule gets tough.

Nick Foles
Week 2 Finish: 27

What happened: The Washington defense has proven it is not a punching bag, and Foles floundered big time. In the future, he’s a low-end streamer at best.

And now onto this week’s streamers.

Teddy Bridgewater vs. San Diego Chargers

While a rushing score inflated Bridgewater’s numbers versus the Lions, the Chargers are not a team to avoid. I expect a bounceback this week.

Tyrod Taylor vs. Miami Dolphins

Miami just made Blake Bortles look competent last week. Taylor had a great fantasy day despite three interceptions thanks to his rushing ability.

Johnny Manziel vs. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders’ defense is not very good. Manziel is a risk/reward play but a viable one, and this could be Manziel’s big breakout week.

Alex Smith vs. Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay defense has been pretty tough this season against opposing passers, and they would look even better if Russell Wilson hadn’t added 78 yards on the ground. Smith is likely under the radar after a down game versus Denver.

Marcus Mariota vs. Indianapolis Colts

After two decent games to open his NFL career, Mariota gets a Colts defense that has allowed good but not great weeks to Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

I'm not too strict with my ranks, so please don't be either. The gap between a lot of these players is so small there's no reason to fret about what looks to be a poor rank. For the column '2014 Pass Defense Rank', I used numberFire's Adjusted Defensive Pass Net Expected Points per Play, which adjusts for strength of schedule and measures how good a pass defense was on a per-play basis. You can learn more about Net Expected Points here.

Rank

Name

Team

Opponent

2014 Pass Defense Rank

1

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

Chicago Bears

27

2

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

Kansas City Chiefs

9

3

Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

14

4

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Jacksonville Jaguars

16

5

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys

23

6

Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

29

7

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis Rams

12

8

Andrew Luck

Indianapolic Colts

Tennessee Titans

30

9

Eli Manning

New York Giants

Washington Redskins

32

10

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

18

11

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

10

12

Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings

San Diego Chargers

24

13

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

19

14

Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns

Oakland Raiders

25

15

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers

8

16

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Green Bay Packers

15

17

Marcus Mariota

Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis Colts

13

18

Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens

17

19

Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

New York Giants

22

20

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

5

21

Nick Foles

St. Louis Rams

Pittsburgh Steelers

26

22

Sam Bradford

Philadelphia Eagles

New York Jets

21

23

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers

Arizona Cardinals

11

24

Ryan Tannehill

Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills

2

25

Matt Stafford

Detroit Lions

Denver Broncos

7

26

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Cleveland Browns

6

27

Brandon Weeden

Dallas Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons

28

28

Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

20

29

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Houston Texans

1

30

Ryan Mallett

Houston Texans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

31

31

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville Jaguars

New England Patriots

4

32

Jimmy Clausen

Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks

3