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Week 3 Rankings Update

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Congratulations to Gregg and Emika Rosenthal on the birth of their daughter, Ellis (Elly) Rosenthal. Mother and baby are doing great after a long day Wednesday. Gregg  confirms via Twitter that, yes, his first child is named after his favorite Red Sox player as a child.

I’ve been partnering with Gregg on the rankings since the beginning of last season, and I’m happy to report that Rotoworld’s rankings started off the season with a first-place finish in the Fantasy Pros contest. We can only hope that accuracy carries over the rest of the way.

As Gregg takes a couple of well deserved days off with his family, I’ll be your fantasy sherpa for this week’s goal line stand. Enjoy the show.

Week 3 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Tom Brady at BUF -
2 Drew Brees vs. HOU -
3 Aaron Rodgers at CHI -
4 Matthew Stafford at MIN -
5 Michael Vick vs. NYG Questionable(concussion)
6 Philip Rivers vs. KC -
7 Ben Roethlisberger at IND -
8 Tony Romo vs. WAS Questionable(ribs)
9 Cam Newton vs. JAC Probable(foot)
10 Matt Ryan at TB Probable(knee)
11 Matt Schaub at NO -
12 Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NE -
13 Joe Flacco at STL -
14 Josh Freeman vs. ATL -
15 Kevin Kolb at SEA -
16 Rex Grossman at DAL -
17 Matt Hasselbeck vs. DEN -
18 Jay Cutler vs. GB -
19 Eli Manning at PHI -
20 Sam Bradford vs. BAL Probable(finger)
21 Mark Sanchez at OAK Probable(-)
22 Chad Henne at CLE -
23 Kyle Orton at TEN -
24 Donovan McNabb vs. DET -
25 Colt McCoy vs. MIA -
26 Andy Dalton vs. SF -
27 Jason Campbell vs. NYJ Probable(foot)
28 Matt Cassel at SD -
29 Alex Smith at CIN Probable(concussion)
30 Tarvaris Jackson vs. ARZ -
31 Kerry Collins vs. PIT Questionable(shoulder)
32 Blaine Gabbert at CAR -


QB Notes: With a 29:1 TD-to-INT ratio over the past 10 regular season games and 940 yards through two starts this season, Tom Brady is as hot right now as any quarterback has ever been. Sunday’s game against the Bills has shootout potential. … Brees has a tougher than expected matchup against the league’s No. 1 pass defense. Wade Phillips defense is bringing the pass rush, but that ranking is skewed by an easy early-season schedule.

With second-rounder Titus Young emerging, no quarterback has more weapons than Stafford. … Vick missed Wednesday’s practice, but signs point to him starting Sunday. He averaged 250 passing yards and 82 rushing yards with five total touchdowns against the Giants last year. … Rivers may spend the second half handing off against a Chiefs team on the brink of packing it in for the season.

Romo is without Miles Austin and could be missing Dez Bryant as well. His outlook takes a hit if Kevin Ogletree stands in as the No. 1 receiver. … The most promising aspect to Newton’s white hot start is the obvious faith the coaching staff has in his arm. Coordinator Rob Chudzinski planned an agressive aerial attack against the Packers last weeek, and Newton delivered. Jacksonville is another plus matchup for Carolina’s passing game. … After talk of a more aggressive downfield attack, the Falcons fell short against Chicago’s cover-2 defense and Philly’s dream team. It’s a fine time to buy low on Ryan and his receivers.

Gregg noted after Week 1 that Freeman didn’t have enough weapons, and that remained an issue against the Vikings. Mike Williams hasn’t been separating from coverage going back to preseason action. … The Bears’ first two games are eerily similar to the start of last season. Cutler is getting hit far too often behind a overwhelmed offensive line. … Eli’s been off since training camp opened. … Hasselbeck is going to pass more than anyone expected, and he has the weapons to clear 4,000 yards for the first time in his career.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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