It’s NFL Sunday and fantasy football managers have some tough lineup decisions to make. With a slew of injuries hitting across the major positions, there’s a ton to sort through as you look to win your matchup in Week 3.
We do the research here at Pro Football Network to make sure that you have everything you need to dominate your league this season! With that in mind, here are our consensus rankings going into a critical week of fantasy football.
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Which QBs Should You Start in Fantasy Football?
1) Jalen Hurts | Philadelphia Eagles
2) Patrick Mahomes | Kansas City Chiefs
3) Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills
4) Justin Herbert | Los Angeles Chargers
5) Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens
6) Tua Tagovailoa | Miami Dolphins
7) Trevor Lawrence | Jacksonville Jaguars
8) Justin Fields | Chicago Bears
9) Kirk Cousins | Minnesota Vikings
10) Jared Goff | Detroit Lions
11) Deshaun Watson | Cleveland Browns
12) Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys
13) Russell Wilson | Denver Broncos
14) Geno Smith | Seattle Seahawks
15) Brock Purdy | San Francisco 49ers
16) Matthew Stafford | Los Angeles Rams
17) Joe Burrow | Cincinnati Bengals
18) Derek Carr | New Orleans Saints
19) Daniel Jones | New York Giants
20) Jordan Love | Green Bay Packers
21) Sam Howell | Washington Commanders
22) Kenny Pickett | Pittsburgh Steelers
23) C.J. Stroud | Houston Texans
24) Baker Mayfield | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25) Gardner Minshew II | Indianapolis Colts
26) Jimmy Garoppolo | Las Vegas Raiders
27) Mac Jones | New England Patriots
28) Desmond Ridder | Atlanta Falcons
29) Andy Dalton | Carolina Panthers
30) Ryan Tannehill | Tennessee Titans
31) Joshua Dobbs | Arizona Cardinals
32) Zach Wilson | New York Jets
33) Clayton Tune | Arizona Cardinals
34) Jake Browning | Cincinnati Bengals
35) Jacoby Brissett | Washington Commanders
36) Anthony Richardson | Indianapolis Colts
The Top QBs To Start in Week 3
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
Analysis by Kyle Soppe | We saw the Allen we’ve come to know and love last week against the “defense” of the Raiders, as he completed 31 of 37 passes for 274 yards and three scores.
a very normal throw from Josh Allen pic.twitter.com/totBFxT1VE
— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) September 23, 2023
With all of the success through the air, he only picked up seven yards on the ground, capping his fantasy upside a little bit. But we know the rushing will be there, so it was good to see him get on track with that cannon attached to his right shoulder.
This is a big spot for Allen. He’s been miserable on the road as of late, something worth noting not just for this week but because in Weeks 12 to 17 (five games), he plays three road games, and the two home games come against strong defenses (DAL and NE)
Last five road games:
- Yards per pass: 6.2
- Touchdown passes: 7
- Interceptions: 8
Allen did enough last week to retain his Tier 1 status at the position for me, though I do want to see him do it again in this spot against a Commanders defense that allowed Russell Wilson to throw for 308 yards and three scores (even without the 50-yard Hail Mary, Wilson looked comfortable in taking shots against this defense)
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Analysis by Kyle Soppe | With 44 pass attempts in both games this season and over 30 completions in six of his past eight games overall, the volume floor for Cousins is simply impossible to ignore. You can nitpick the skill set (no rushing upside) or the stat padding that came late last week, but Cousins simply churns out quality fantasy weeks consistently.
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Could his pace slow when the Vikings play teams that aren’t interested in getting into a shootout? Yeah, it’s possible, but with Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes on the other sideline in two of the next three games, Cousins’ fantasy value is stable in the short term.
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