Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Updated Top 30 Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers. Sam Bradford. Matt Schaub.

What do these "backup" fantasy quarterbacks share in common?

They have produced like elite starters up to this point as they are all among the top-six scorers at quarterback through two weeks. Although Bradford would seem to have the best chance to do so, it would surprise me if any of these quarterbacks finish in the top 12 at the position for the full year.

Here are my fantasy quarterback rankings for Week 3 *:

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK): The biggest concern about Manning this week is that the Broncos could build a huge lead early and take the foot off the gas. Through two games, Manning has 769 yards, a league-high nine TDs and no INTs.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at CIN): As good as it gets, Rodgers has thrown for a league-best 813 yards to go along with a seven-to-one TD-to-INT ratio through two games. On the other hand, the Bengals have an impressive streak of not allowing a 300-yard passer in 17 consecutive games.

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. ARI): Although Brees has 679 passing yards, fourth-best in the NFL, he has thrown only three touchdowns and is currently the 15th-highest fantasy scorer at QB this season.

4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at WAS): No team has allowed more fantasy points to QBs than the Redskins and I expect Stafford and the Lions to fully exploit the matchup.

5. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (vs. IND): The Colts allowed Terrelle Pryor to rush for more than 100 yards in Week 1 and Ryan Tannehill to throw for 300 yards in Week 2. Kaepernick should bounce back big from last week's loss to arch-rival Seattle.

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6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at MIA): Ryan has 678 yards and four TDs through two games and should throw even more with Steven Jackson (thigh) out for Week 3 (and more).

7. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (vs. DET): The Lions have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to QBs, but they have faced Christian Ponder and Carson Palmer. This game could turn into a shootout as only the Packers/Bengals game has a higher over/under.

8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at NO): Like last year, Newton is off to a slow start. He's averaging 177.0 passing yards and 26.5 rushing yards per game so far.

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. JAX): Like with Peyton, Wilson could find his team up big and early, which could limit his fantasy production in the second half.

10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. TB): Until Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola return, Brady is likely to post numbers that are not exactly Brady-like.

- See the rest of my top 30 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 3

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