Sometimes you have to listen to your gut in fantasy football and that’s exactly what I did when it came to quarterback in Week 2. In my league with friends and family, I had the choice between Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady with both of them having favorable matchups.
There was no denying the fact that Brady was the safest play going up against a Miami Dolphins team who is amidst a complete rebuild. However, Jackson had the highest ceiling as he faced an Arizona Cardinals defense that is decimated in their secondary.
After pondering the decision for minutes, Jackson maintained his spot in the lineup. Luckily, the decision paid off for me as Jackson scored 30.9 fantasy points—compared to Brady’s 24.7 points.
Enough of that, we now have more decisions to make in Week 3 as it pertains to quarterbacks. Before we advance any further, all of the decisions in this article are made based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
With that being said, here are the quarterbacks you should insert into your starting lineup and the ones who should take a seat on your bench in Week 3.
QBs to Start in Week 3
Cowboys’ Dak Prescott (vs. Dolphins): The Miami Dolphins are undoubtedly the worst team in the NFL this season and they just traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Regardless of what quarterback they face, the Dolphins are going to struggle to slow them down.
It just so happens that they will be facing a hot Dak Prescott in Week 3 this Sunday. Prescott is second among quarterbacks in fantasy points with 61.1 of them through two weeks. Now, he will face an abysmal defense in Miami that has surrendered the most fantasy points to QBs this season.
49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Steelers): There was some concern coming into the regular season with Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers offense. Those concerns have been lessened with the 49ers scoring 41 points in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 49ers signal-caller will take on another AFC North opponent in the Steelers in Week 3. It remains to be seen how much Minkah Fitzpatrick plays on Sunday but he can’t single-handedly fix the issues in Pittsburgh’s secondary.
Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (vs. Raiders): People who took a flier on Kirk Cousins in their fantasy drafts may be regretting their decision so far. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback has been abysmal with just 23.2 fantasy points in two weeks.
Despite having just 15.4 more fantasy points than Luke Falk (who played a couple of quarters for the New York Jets), this may be the week he has some fantasy relevance. Cousins will square off versus the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed the seventh-most points to opposing QBs this year.
Other QBs to Start: Lions’ Matthew Stafford (vs. Eagles), Bills’ Josh Allen (vs. Bengals), Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (vs. Giants)
QBs to Sit in Week 3
Bengals’ Andy Dalton (vs. Bills): The Cincinnati Bengals surprised some people when they were able to come very close to taking down the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 with their new-look offense. However, in Week 2, Andy Dalton and the offense looked out of sorts versus the 49ers.
Despite being winless this season, Dalton has accumulated 39.4 fantasy points in the first two weeks. This week, he will be traveling to take on a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed just two passing touchdowns in 2019.
Colts’ Jacoby Brissett (vs. Falcons): There was some uncertainty on how the Indianapolis Colts would look with Jacoby Brissett under center. After two weeks have been completed, the North Carolina State product has held his own with 32.8 fantasy points so far.
As good as he has been, Brissett will be taking on a surprisingly stingy Atlanta Falcons secondary. The Falcons have allowed just 353 passing yards this season to QBs (least in the NFL).
Browns’ Baker Mayfield (vs. Rams): Through two weeks, it has been a shaky start to Baker Mayfield’s second season in the NFL. Some people may believe that Mayfield is a must-start in fantasy football but this is a warning to temper expectations for him in Week 3.
The Cleveland Browns were able to notch their first win of the season on Monday night against the Jets but the offense still appeared to be all over the place. To make matters worse, Mayfield will take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.
How good has Los Angeles’ pass defense been this season you may ask? The Rams and the New England Patriots are the only two teams who have yet to surrender a passing touchdown this season.
More Week 3 Fantasy Advice
- Podcast: Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Waiver Wire
- Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
- Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends