Fantasy Football 2020: Week 3 quarterback rankings for 2-QB leagues

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Fantasy football quarterback rankings in Week 3 for 2-QB and Superflex leagues.

Down goes Garoppolo. Down goes Lock. Down goes Taylor. Though they weren’t high-end starting quarterbacks for fantasy football purposes, a number of quarterbacks got knocked out of games this past weekend. It remains to be seen how much time each will miss. Will their replacements be more fantasy relevant? Unlikely, but this could be just the start of major turnover at the position. Each week offers a chance for more bad surprises.

In terms of bad surprises on the field, Kirk Cousins was front and center, somehow scoring negative fantasy points (depending on league settings). That is simply unheard of out of the quarterback position. Cousins was good in Week 1 and continues to get good protection and take chances down the field. That last point should be good news if he doesn’t throw the ball to the other team in Week 3.

Cousins’ counterpart, Philip Rivers, was useless in a winning performance. As was Tom Brady. Their teams almost performed too well for them to need to let loose. Overall, Week 2 was actually dynamite for fantasy quarterabcks. A total of 17 passers topped 18 fantasy points, and that didn’t include Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson,or Drew Brees! Who is best for Week 3 of Fantasy Football 2020 season?

Dan Salem and Todd Salem debate Fantasy Football in today’s NFL Sports Debate.

Week 3 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

Top 12: Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, Kyler Murray, Josh Allen, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill

Very little movement at the top, but a few players need to get it together quickly or risk dropping down the ranks. Tannehill appears here to stay.

13: Tom Brady

Todd Salem: With Chris Godwin back in the fold and a demoralized opponent, Brady should have a good game here, unless they can simply run to victory again.

Dan Salem: Brady is slowly finding rhythm within his new offense, meaning a big game can come any week now. He’s likely pacing himself early in the season, since Tampa’s run game is dominant.

14: Matt Stafford

Todd Salem: Someone has to get credit for these double-digit leads the Lions keep building. If Stafford puts together a full game, his fantasy line will be stellar.

Dan Salem: Stafford is putting together another excellent fantasy season, despite his team losing more often than not. He’s a reliable starter and borderline Top 12 consideration.

15: Jared Goff

Todd Salem: Buffalo is supposed to be a tough opponent, except for the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick just went off on them. Goff and the Rams have a real easy schedule the following two weeks, but this could continue the run.

Dan Salem: I’m happy to see Goff and the Rams turn a corner and start this season strong. Buffalo is the perfect matchup for him to shoot up our rankings.

16: Gardner Minshew

Todd Salem: Minshew keeps slinging it. I see no reason for the statistical magic to stop against Miami even if the Jaguars lose another game.

Dan Salem: I’m not surprised by Minshew’s success and another below-average defense will allow him to continue playing great. Especially in fantasy, he’s a player to count on as your QB2.

17: Drew Brees

Todd Salem: After last week being the lowest Brees had ever been ranked, now this is the lowest. Brees had another messy game, though the final stats weren’t terrible. For his sake, hopefully, Michael Thomas returns in Week 3, though even that barely helped in Week 1.

Dan Salem: We are now entering the territory of unknowns because every player now comes with huge question marks. Will Brees turn things around? Do the Saints even need him to?

18: Kirk Cousins

Todd Salem: Call it a hunch, but I think Cousins bounces back in a major way. He’ll have to after an awful Week 2, but lots of signs point to that being pretty fluky. Cousins is getting the third-most time to throw in the league; he’s second in average completed air yards. So the Vikings are going for big plays and have the time to attempt them. His expected completion percentage is right in line with his actual, so if he takes some easier throws the sticks will start to move.

Dan Salem: There’s a good week coming for Cousins, but good luck guessing which one. He’s a high risk, high reward play that one would hope to avoid.

19: Philip Rivers

Todd Salem: The Colts had one of the easiest schedules in the league entering the season. It seems to be playing out that way, yet that didn’t actually help Rivers in Week 2. Indy dominated where they didn’t need him. Let’s hope there’s better balance against the Jets.

Dan Salem: The matchup for Rivers this week is almost too good to be true, which means it is. New York looks awful, but the Colts won last week in spite of Rivers. I don’t trust him in fantasy football.

20: Carson Wentz

Todd Salem: How far is far enough to drop Wentz? He is playing poorly and has no weapons and no line. Drew Brees is playing very poorly, third-worst in the sport in the difference between expected and actual completion percentage. The only guys worse? Dwayne Haskins and Carson Wentz.

Dan Salem: I feel like Wentz should be ranked higher, but then again his offense is so paper-thin that we truly don’t know what he’ll be able to accomplish fantasy-wise. He has yet to stink it up but is not impressing either.

21: Joe Burrow

Todd Salem: Cincy vs. Philly, whichever quarterback is better wins? It might actually come down to that, and Burrow may actually be the…safer option, though I’m not quite there yet.

Dan Salem: I’m on the Burrow bandwagon and expect another solid game from the rookie quarterback. He’ll be ranked much higher next week, win or lose in real life.

22: Derek Carr / 23: Teddy Bridgewater

Todd Salem: Half this pair came through last time out and I’m ready to roll with the unexciting veterans for another go.

Dan Salem: Serviceable barely describes these two players, because they are more likely to disappoint than anything.

24: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Todd Salem: I would have grouped Fitzpatrick into the previous group, but he is not unexciting! And he always manages to bunch a number of good games together before losing his job to a youngster. Last week was number one; here comes number two.

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Dan Salem: I am personally banking on Chargers’ rookie quarterback Justin Herbert in this spot because I love what I saw from him last week against a superior Chiefs’ defense. But Fitzpatrick is very reliable and seems to string together great weeks of football. He just had one last week, so don’t miss the hot streak.