Week 3 Fantasy Football QB Report: Starts, Matchup Downgrades and Streams

Sep 18, 2018 1:07 PM EDT
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  • Using The Action Network's fantasy football rankings, we analyze the best quarterback options for Week 3.
  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the consensus #1 option this week.
  • Those looking to stream should consider Tampa Bay's Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Which quarterbacks have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who is the best streaming option? And who has a poor matchup?

Here’s a breakdown of five of the top fantasy football quarterbacks, as ranked by Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman in their Week 3 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 QB

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes is on fire through his first two starts, totaling 582 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions with an absurd 10.6 yards per attempt.

Our rankers all have Mahomes as the No. 1 QB, and our FantasyLabs models agree as he boasts a position-high median projection.


The Most Favorable Matchups

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings opened the week as massive 16.5-point favorites over the Bills and own the second-highest implied team total on the slate (29).

Through two weeks, the Bills’ defense has allowed six passing touchdowns, 7.1 net yards per attempt and a league-worst 3.8% turnover rate, according to profootballreference.com.

Cousins checks in as a top-five QB among two of our three rankers.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Garoppolo is off to a slow start this season, but he gets one of the most favorable matchups against the Chiefs’ abysmal defense.

The Chiefs have allowed 860 passing yards through two games, 107 yards more than any other defense, and they rank in the bottom five in net yards per attempt allowed (7.6) and turnover rate (4.5%).

Garoppolo boasts a top-seven ceiling projection in the FantasyLabs models.


Matchup Downgrade

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers will be tested against this elite Rams defense that has yet to allow a passing touchdown through its first two games. Granted, one of those games was against the Cardinals, but this defense is no joke.

All of our rankers have Rivers ranked 19th or worse in Week 3.

The Best Stream

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitzpatrick might still be available in your league. He leads the league with 13.4 yards per attempt and trails only Mahomes in passing touchdowns. The game against the Steelers could be a shootout as it opened with an over/under of 50 and has already been bet up to 53.5.

Freedman, Koerner and Raybon all have Fitzpatrick ranked 10th or better.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

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