After months of waiting and preparing for drafts, the NFL and fantasy football season are in full swing, giving us new information and trends to digest and break down ahead of Week 3. With the spotlight on quarterbacks, here are our Week 3 fantasy QB rankings and some streamers to consider.
Week 3 QB rankings
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The table is best viewed in landscape on mobile devices and can be sorted using the filters above the table. Within the table are rankings for PPR, half-PPR, and non-PPR. In order to select your scoring system, use the filters above the table. The overall ranking is based on Superflex leagues.
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Week 3 QB streaming options
While not in the upper range of our fantasy football rankings, these quarterbacks could be intriguing streaming options in Week 3 as they likely outperform the expectations of many. Let’s begin with Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s facing off against the Denver Broncos.
Jimmy Garoppolo | San Francisco 49ers at DEN
“Why would they just hold onto him? Are they dumb? They can get so much for him.”
That was what we heard echoed all season as many wondered why the San Francisco 49ers would opt to hold onto Jimmy Garoppolo after publically handing the key over to Trey Lance. Late Sunday afternoon, those voices turned silent as the NFL and fantasy collective held our breaths, watching Lance lay on the ground in pain. It didn’t take long for those fears to be realized.
The 49ers put out a statement on Monday saying Lance’s devastating injury will require surgery to repair two injuries to his ankle — a fibula fracture and damage to some ligaments, ending his season before it ever had a chance to begin.
Now, in Week 3, the 49ers are cashing in their ultimate insurance policy. Garroppolo stepped up in the moment and did precisely what the 49ers expected, completing 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 154 yards and one touchdown. Additionally, Jimmy G had four carries for five yards and a rushing touchdown, bringing his total to 16.6 PPR points, placing him as the QB12 (pre-MNF) ahead of Joe Burrow.
While the ceiling is undoubtedly lower for Garoppolo compared to Lance, the floor, at least at the moment, is higher. Garoppolo is a known commodity in fantasy, a rarity for a “backup.” In his 37 active games between 2019 and 2021, Garoppolo averaged 17.4 points per game and 240 yards per game. It’s an offense loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, and if anything, they’ll get a boost with Garoppolo under center.
You never want to see it happen this way, but Garoppolo is certainly in streaming consideration in Week 3 against a shaky Denver Broncos defense that is down safety Justin Simmons (thigh-IR), and maybe it’s top corner in Patrick Surtain II (DTD – shoulder).
Jared Goff | Detroit Lions at MIN
Is it the prettiest? No, and it sure isn’t the flashiest brand of ball, but believe it or not, Jared Goff is doing his thing in 2022. Goff took advantage of a soft matchup against Washington, who ranked 28th in DVOA last year, throwing for 256 yards with four touchdowns on 20 of 34 passing on Sunday (QB5 before Monday Night Football).
Odds are Goff is having an audition to the 31 other teams in the NFL as the Lions need a young QB with more upside. With that said, they could take the route the 49ers did and keep Goff as a proven insurance policy of their own.
Goff has full command of an offense full of playmakers, but the connection with Amon-Ra St. Brown is one of the best pairings in the league. And yet, this connection is not even mentioned when the topic is discussed. In Week 2, the Sun God recorded nine receptions on 12 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns. In their last eight games together, St. Brown is averaging 8.5 receptions on 11.4 targets for 92.5 yards and 1.0 TDs a game (23.75 PPR).
Goff has a legitimate WR1 plus several complimentary pieces in D.J. Chark, D’Andre Swift out of the backfield, Josh Reynolds, and TE T.J. Hockenson.
In two weeks, Goff has six touchdowns to just one interception, and in Week 3, they should be in a high-scoring affair with the new-look Minnesota Vikings. While I wouldn’t count on another four-TD game, Goff has a favorable upcoming schedule with games against Seattle and New England set to come in Weeks 4 and 5. At this rate, Goff will be a fantasy QB sleeper for the next few weeks, possibly even longer.
Tua Tagovailoa | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
Come on, we both knew this was coming. Honestly, I’d be looking for a new job if I didn’t have him on the list of Week 3 QB streamers. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy having a roof over my head. Tua Tagovailoa has to be on everyone’s QB streamer list for Week 3 after putting up Madden-like numbers on Sunday.
It was a career day, and one I doubt we see another QB top all year. Leading the improbable comeback, Tua completed 36 of his 50 pass attempts for 469 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. These are just silly numbers you don’t see in the NFL. College, sure, but in the NFL? No way.
Tua came up big, throwing for five TDs in the second half and truly showing what this Miami offense is capable of when firing on all cylinders. With that said, what I find hilarious is that Tua was not even the QB1 on the week. That went to Lamar Jackson on the other sidelines, which goes to prove the value rushing brings to the quarterback position in fantasy.
Don’t feel bad if you left him on your bench. You could be me, after all. I dropped Tua for Lance on Friday in a league where someone dropped him. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll recover by this time next year.
Make no mistake about it, I don’t see this happening again. He’s likely to come back down to Earth in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, who had the No. 1 defense in EPA last year and only got better. But if the Miami offensive line can keep the pocket clean, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle can beat any defense that is lacing up a pair of cleats on Sundays. Remember, Buffalo is still without star CB Tre’Davious White (PUP), and 2022 first-round pick Kaiir Elam didn’t even earn the starting job out of camp.
If Tua can deliver a quality start in Week 3 against the Bills, who look like world beaters, he will move from the QB streamer list in Week 3 to the weekly-starter list in Week 4. Give ’em hell, kid.
Carson Wentz | Washington Commanders vs. PHI
Maybe all Carson Wentz needed was a good old-fashioned telling-off by his former employer and a fresh start because, through two games, no QB has been as consistent as Wentz.
That’s not hyperbole, either. After completing 27 of 41 for 313 with 4 TDs and 2 INTs in Week 1, Wentz delivered another stellar performance while toning down the turnovers. Wentz threw for 337 yards with three more TDs against the Lions on 30 of 46 passing with one pick. He also added 23 yards on two scrambles.
The QB3 in Week 1 with 30 PPR points, Wentz was the QB3 again in Week 2 with 29 PPR (pre-MNF). That’s back-to-back outings with three or more touchdowns and 300+ passing yards. That is something he has never done before, not even in 2017. In fact, his seven passing TDs tie a career-high for a two-game stretch, matching his totals from Weeks 5 and 6 in 2017. The next week, he had another four scores against Washington as a member of the Eagles.
The roles are reversed in Week 3 as Wentz takes on his former club, so get ready to play the “revenge game” drinking game. It is a step up in competition after opening against the Jags and Lions, but Wentz is up to the task, as are his trio of standout receivers in Curtis Samuel, Jahan Dotson, and Terry McLaurin. Throw in Logan Thomas and Antonio Gibson out of the backfield, and Wentz becomes a very attractive fantasy QB streaming option in Week 3.