Off to a great start in Los Angeles, Matthew Stafford gets a bigger test Sunday against the Buccaneers. Justin Fields gets his first start. Ryan Tannehill tries to find his groove the way surprising Daniel Jones did last week. Lots of storylines and lineup choices ahead.
The good news is, Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for QB ready to go for Week 3, whether you need an injury replacement or are just playing the matchups. And don't forget to check out Heath Cummings' quarterback preview for more help with matchup notes, numbers to know, and more.
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Jalen Hurts QB
PHI Philadelphia • #1
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Hurts had a rough game in Week 2 against San Francisco throwing the ball since he was 12-of-23 passing for 190 yards and no touchdowns. But he more than made up for it by running the ball with 10 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown, and he now has at least 62 rushing yards in each game this year. He had 19 Fantasy points in one start at Dallas last season with 69 rushing yards, but I expect him to be better this time around. He's a top-10 quarterback in all leagues.
LAR L.A. Rams • #9
Age: 35 • Experience: 15 yrs.
The Rams aren't going to run on the Buccaneers, especially with Darrell Henderson (ribs) banged up. This game will be all about Stafford and the passing game, and Tampa Bay has allowed 703 passing yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions against Dak Prescott and Matt Ryan in two games. In Stafford's lone home game this year against Chicago in Week 1, he had 321 passing yards and three touchdowns, and a repeat performance is possible. He might even be better than that since Prescott and Ryan each attempted at least 46 passes.
Kirk Cousins QB
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Cousins has scored at least 26 Fantasy points in each of his first two games, and he even ran for 35 yards in Week 2 at Arizona. This matchup should be a shootout between Cousins and Russell Wilson, and I expect Cousins to keep pace in his first home game this year. In his past five home games last year, Cousins passed for 1,417 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, and he averaged 26.8 Fantasy points over that span. Cousins has top-10 upside this week.
Daniel Jones QB
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Jones has more Fantasy points through two games than Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, Prescott and Stafford and the same amount as Lamar Jackson. That's obviously not going to last long, but Jones has done a nice job through two games against Denver and Washington with 516 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 122 rushing yards and two scores. He's scored at least eight Fantasy points with his legs in each game, and we hope he continues to run. It would also be nice if he started to connect with prize free agent acquisition Kenny Golladay, and that could happen this week against the Falcons, who have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Jones is a great streaming quarterback in all leagues.
TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
I'm sticking with Tannehill for one more week, and hopefully this is his best Fantasy outing to date. It won't take much since he's combined for just 28 Fantasy points in two games against Arizona and Seattle, but he just had bad touchdown luck against the Seahawks since he passed for 347 yards. He also ran for 27 yards and looked much better, and I expect that to continue in Week 3 against the Colts. Indianapolis also has allowed six passing touchdowns through two games against Russell Wilson and Stafford, with both scoring at least 21 Fantasy points.
DET Detroit • #17
Age: 30 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Bridgewater has been awesome through two games with an average of 24.0 Fantasy points against the Giants and Jaguars on the road, and this will be his first home start with the Broncos. My only concern could be a lack of attempts against the Jets, but I still like Bridgewater as a low-end starter this week.
CHI Chicago • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Fields will start for the injured Andy Dalton (knee), and we'll see how he does with a full week to prepare for the job. The nice thing is you can expect Fields to run, and he had 31 rushing yards in relief of Dalton last week against Cincinnati. Hopefully, he looks great against the Browns and can keep the job all season, even when Dalton is healthy. For now, consider him a low-end starter in all one-quarterback leagues and a must-start option in two-quarterback and Superflex formats.
Derek Carr QB
NO New Orleans • #4
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Carr has scored at least 24 Fantasy points in the past six games he's been able to finish dating back to last season, including 27 Fantasy points in each outing this year against the Ravens and Steelers. He's dealing with an injured ankle, so keep that in mind, and this won't be an easy matchup against the Dolphins. But he's playing at a high level right now and carrying the Raiders offense, especially with Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle) hurt. Consider Carr a quality low-end starter in all leagues.
JAC Jacksonville • #16
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Lawrence has looked like a rookie quarterback through two games against Houston and Denver with five interceptions and countless mistakes, and he should struggle again this week. The last time the Cardinals traveled east was Week 1 at Tennessee, and Tannehill was sacked six times and had two turnovers. Lawrence should be considered a questionable starter even in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
NO New Orleans • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
After an impressive Week 1 against Green Bay when Winston passed for five touchdowns and scored 38 Fantasy points, things went downhill fast in Week 2 at Carolina. Winston had no passing touchdowns, two interceptions and scored just seven Fantasy points. It's doubtful he'll be that bad against the Patriots, but he should struggle again in New England. Like Lawrence, Winston could be tough to trust in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 41 • Experience: 18 yrs.
I thought Roethlisberger would play well in Week 2 against Las Vegas when I made him the Start of the Week, but he struggled with just 15 Fantasy points. We'll see how he does in Week 3 against the Bengals, but now he's dealing with a pectoral injury. He also could be without No. 1 receiver Diontae Johnson (knee) to make matters worse. He's a questionable starter in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues if Johnson is out.
Jared Goff QB
DET Detroit • #16
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Goff has been a solid Fantasy quarterback to start the season with at least 21 points in each outing against San Francisco and Green Bay. He's averaging 46.5 pass attempts a game, and that volume has been his best asset with the Lions chasing points each week. It will likely be the same thing against the Ravens, but I expect him to fall below 20 Fantasy points for the first time this year. He's only worth using as a low-end starter in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
TB Tampa Bay • #6
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Mayfield will be without Jarvis Landry (knee), and we don't know if Odell Beckham (knee) will play or be at 100 percent if he's out there. We also know the Browns want to run the ball with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and Mayfield has combined for just 30 Fantasy points on the season. He's only worth using as a low-end starter in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues.
Joe Burrow QB
CIN Cincinnati • #9
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Burrow struggled in Week 2 against the Bears with just 207 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, and he should have another rough outing against the Steelers on the road. Now, he could benefit if T.J. Watt (groin), Devin Bush (groin) and Joe Haden (groin) are out or limited again for Pittsburgh, and Carr just scored 27 Fantasy points against this defense with all the injuries. But if any of those guys play, especially Watt, it could be a tough day for Burrow. He's only a starting option in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
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