The 2023-24 NFL season has begun which means fantasy football is back! Since every week is important it would be irresponsible to start a player with a rough matchup over a player with a more favorable one that is ranked or projected to perform similar to the original player. Here are fantasy football Week 3 quarterback rankings.
[Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to Injured Reserve List]
[Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week]
Must Start- a player who should definitely be in your lineup that week because of the combination of matchup and talent. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and could repeat the production most weeks.
Starter- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
Low-End Starter- a player who should be started in most lineups but can possibly bottom out and finish below average on a given week. A high ceiling play in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.
Streamer- a player who could be a perfect replacement for a starter for a week or two. Starting this player may not win you your lineup but they will make sure that your production out of that position will not lose you your matchup either. Also a viable option in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.
Deep League Streamer- a player who could fill a void at a position in a deeper league. Their ceiling may be close to average point production at the position but their floor is enough to get through the week. A reasonable player to have in your lineup in two-quarterback or superflex leagues.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Patrick Mahomes||vs Chicago Bears||QB1|
|Must Start||Josh Allen||vs Washington Commanders||QB2|
|Must Start||Jalen Hurts||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB3|
|Starter||Lamar Jackson*||vs Indianapolis Colts||QB4|
|Starter||Justin Herbert||vs Minnesota Vikings||QB5|
|Starter||Anthony Richardson*||vs Baltimore Ravens||QB6|
|Starter||Trevor Lawerence||vs Houston Texans||QB7|
|Starter||Kirk Cousins||vs Los Angeles Chargers||QB8|
|Low-End Starter||Tua Tagovailoa||vs Denver Broncos||QB9|
|Low-End Starter||Joe Burrow*||vs Los Angeles Rams||QB10|
|Low-End Starter||Dak Prescott||vs Arizona Cardinals||QB11|
|Low-End Starter||Geno Smith||vs Carolina Panthers||QB12|
|Low-End Starter||Justin Fields||vs Kansas City Chiefs||QB13|
|Low-End Starter||Brock Purdy||vs New York Giants||QB14|
|Streamer||Deshaun Watson||vs Tennessee Titans||QB15|
|Streamer||Jared Goff||vs Atlanta Falcons||QB16|
|Streamer||Matthew Stafford||vs Cincinnati Bengals||QB17|
|Deep League Streamer||Baker Mayfield||vs Philadelphia Eagles||QB18|
|Deep League Streamer||Russell Wilson||vs Miami Dolphins||QB19|
|Deep League Streamer||Daniel Jones||vs San Francisco 49ers||QB20|
|Deep League Streamer||Sam Howell||vs Buffalo Bills||QB21|
|Deep League Streamer||Kenny Pickett||vs Las Vegas Raiders||QB22|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Stroud||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||QB23|
|Leave on the Bench||Jimmy Garoppolo||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||QB24|
|Leave on the Bench||Derek Carr||vs Green Bay Packers||QB25|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Love||vs New Orleans Saints||QB26|
|Leave on the Bench||Bryce Young||vs Seattle Seahawks||QB27|
|Leave on the Bench||Desmond Ridder||vs Detroit Lions||QB28|
|Leave on the Bench||Ryan Tannehill||vs Cleveland Browns||QB29|
|Leave on the Bench||Mac Jones||vs New York Jets||QB30|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Wilson||vs New England Patriots||QB31|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Dobbs||vs Dallas Cowboys||QB32|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
QB4 Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson suffered a stinger in his left hand in the game last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The expectation is that Jackson should be able to play this week. If he was to miss Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts Tyler Huntley becomes the QB19 between Russell Wilson and Daniel Jones.
QB6 Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
Anthony Richardson left last week’s game after a self-diagnosed concussion. At this point of the week it is unclear whether Richardson will be ready to play next week or not. If Richardson misses Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens Gardner Minshew becomes the QB25 between Derek Carr and Jordan Love.
QB10 Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow reaggrevated his calf injury from training camp last week against the Baltimore Ravens. He will likely be a gametime decision for next Monday’s game. If Burrow misses Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams Jake Browning becomes the QB30 between Mac Jones and Zach Wilson.