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Player Updates: Quarterbacks
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🚨 Week 3 🚨
Allen, Josh (Buf)
Week 3: Josh Allen completed 42-of-63 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ 21-19, Week 3 loss to the Dolphins, adding eight carries for 47 additional yards. In a game that earned the “heavyweight fight” moniker the hard way, Allen set a new career high for pass attempts by nine. With his pass catchers continually crumpling from cramps in the grueling Miami heat, Allen was lucky to escape with zero interceptions. Without exaggerating, he threw 5-6 interceptable balls. He also fumbled three times, losing one. Playing behind an offensive line that was literally down to its last man, Allen took four sacks and had the Dolphins’ line in his face nearly every play, especially after the break. Allen’s scores went to Devin Singletary and Isaiah McKenzie, though he could have had more. Gabe Davis committed a drop in the end zone, while Allen had McKenzie for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 remaining. Instead, he turfed it and was disconsolate after the fact. It was just one of those days, one that was still an elite effort despite the miscues. Allen did bang his throwing hand late. He required X-rays after the fact but was able to play through the issue on Buffalo’s final drive. He told the assembled media he was “fine” ahead of next week’s road date with the Ravens.
Brady, Tom (TB)
Week 3: Tom Brady completed 31-of-42 pass attempts for 271 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ 14-12 Week 3 loss to the Packers. Without Mike Evans, Julio Jones, and Chris Godwin, Brady jammed 13 targets to Russell Gage, mostly on short check downs in the middle of the field. Brady only attempted a few downfield shots as he faced consistent pressure from Green Bay’s front seven. Brady led the Bucs to a late fourth quarter touchdown and was primed to tie the game with a two-point conversion before Tampa was was penalized for delay of game. A clearly frustrated Brady will have slightly better fantasy prospects when Evans returns in Week 4 against the Chiefs, though Brady remains a QB2 in Tampa’s down-bad, run-first offense.
Burrow, Joe (Cin)
Week 3: Joe Burrow completed 23-of-36 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the Bengals’ 27-12, Week 3 win over the Jets. With the Bengals entering Week 3 sporting a 0-2 record, Burrow left no stone unturned. He had his choosing of which receivers to hit as the Jets could do nothing to contain the Bengals’ passing game early. Though it wasn’t a total complete game, the mistakes that cost Burrow and the Bengals in the first two gams were extremely minimal. Burrow has great momentum going into a Thursday Night Football showdown with the Dolphins.
Carr, Derek (LV)
Week 3: Derek Carr completed 26-of-44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Raiders’ 22-24, Week 3 loss to the Titans. Carr led a ferocious comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter, only to come up a two-point conversion short of sending the game into overtime. Carr struggled through most of the game, notably lacking clear cohesion with alpha wide receiver Davante Adams for the second consecutive week. His deepest completion came on a 4th-and-15, 60-yard completion to Mack Hollins on the Raiders’ final drive of the game, otherwise peppering pass-catchers over the short areas of the field. McDaniels and his signal caller have strides to make before a Week 4 showdown with their division rivals, the Denver Broncos.
Cousins, Kirk (Min)
Week 3: Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-41 attempts for 260 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 28-24, Week 3 win over the Lions. Cousins was having a quiet day, with just 204 passing yards deep into the fourth quarter. But down 24-21 with less than two minutes left, Cousins drove the Vikings down the field for the game-winning TD. Cousins found K.J. Osborn for a 28-yard reception, the first 20+ yard play of the day for Minnesota, which got the Vikings to the Lions’ 28. On the very next play, he hit Osborn for another 28-yard reception, this time for the game-winning TD. Cousins also found Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone for a one-yard TD earlier in the game. The Vikings’ offense could be in for another inefficient day when they take on a much stronger Saints defense in Week 4.
Fields, Justin (Chi)
Week 3: Justin Fields completed 8-of-17 passes for 106 yards and two interceptions in Chicago’s 23-20, Week 3 win over the Texans, adding 8 carries for 47 yards. 29 of the rushing yards came on one first-quarter scramble. The Bears do not trust their quarterback to throw the ball, simply speaking. They had three timeouts and 30 seconds left on the clock after converting a first down at the end of the second half and didn’t use any of them. Fields’ interceptions were both ghastly balls over the middle that were picked by deep safety Jalen Pitre. Even with a bad Giants defense up in Week 4, Fields is barely worth touching as a superflex option.
Garoppolo, Jimmy (SF)
Week 3: Jimmy Garoppolo completed 18-of-29 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 49ers 11-10, Week 3 loss to the Broncos. Garoppolo notably took a safety by stepping out of the back of his own end zone in the third quarter, something that had not been done since the days of Dan Orlovsky. It didn’t look much better from there. The 49ers were bottled up by Denver clamping down on Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, and Garoppolo’s lone touchdown pass was immediately decried on TV as offensive pass interference that created an easy path for Brandon Aiyuk to get in the end zone. Left to try to field a comeback down a single point, Garoppolo was picked off once and nearly took a second sack in his own end zone before a Jeff Wilson fumble ended up. Things don’t get any easier for Garoppolo’s banged up offensive line in Week 4, as the 49ers travel to meet Aaron Donald and the Rams. Garoppolo will be a fringe QB2.
Goff, Jared (Det)
Week 3: Jared Goff completed 25-of-41 attempts for 277 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Lions’ 28-24, Week 3 loss to the Vikings. Goff’s touchdown came on a play action pass from the 5-yard line that got T.J. Hockenson wide open for an easy score. Goff’s interception came on the final play of the game as he chucked up a desperation heave. Goff played well enough for the Lions to win the game, but Dan Campbell got conservative in the fourth quarter. He opted to not to go for it on 4th-and-4, which would have been a game-sealing conversion. The Lions instead attempted and missed a 54-yard kick. Even if made, the kick would have only put the Lions up six. The miss gave the Vikings great field position for their subsequent game-winning TD drive. Goff will look to get the Lions back to .500 against the Seahawks in Week 4.
Herbert, Justin (LAC)
Week 3: Justin Herbert completed 25-of-45 passes for 297 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Chargers’ 38-10, Week 3 loss to the Jaguars. Herbert entered Sunday as highly questionable because of the fractured cartilage in his ribs. He made a few shaky throws throughout the day but had the highlight of the week with a dime to Jalen Guyton. Herbert made nailed the 54-yard shot while running to his right and throwing across his body. The interception, thrown in the second quarter, bounced off the hands of Sony Michel before making its way to a defender. Herbert wasn’t hobbled by the injury and made it through the game, so things could have been far worse. He will attempt to rebound versus the Texans in Week 4.
Hurts, Jalen (Phi)
Week 3: Jalen Hurts completed 22-of-35 pass attempts for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 24-8 Week 3 win against the Commanders, adding nine rushes for 20 yards. Hurts’ stats would have been mind numbing if Washington had pushed the Eagles at all in this one. Carson Wentz and the Commanders were no match, however, and most of Hurts’ production came in the first half, when he hit DeVonta Smith on multiple deep balls. Hurts overcame early struggles — he completed just one of his first six throws — to carve up a banged-up Washington coverage unit. He connected with Smith, A.J. Brown, and Dallas Goedert for touchdowns. Improved accuracy and greater confidence as a passer has made Hurts a fantasy world beater through three weeks. He’ll be a high-end QB1 play in Week 4 against the Jaguars.
Jackson, Lamar (Bal)
Week 3: Lamar Jackson completed 18-of-29 passes for 218 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Ravens’ 37-26 win over the Patriots, adding 11 rushes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Jackson continued his hot start to the season with another big performance against the Patriots. Jackson’s first touchdown pass on the day came on a six-yard strike to Mark Andrews, who later connected with Jackson for a 16-yard score in the second quarter. That was just the beginning for Jackson, who would throw two more scores to Josh Oliver and Devin Duvernay in the third quarter, in what was a back-and-forth game. Late in the fourth quarter, Jackson would put the team on his back to secure the win. On Baltimore’s final scoring drive, Jackson found Rashod Bateman for a 35-yard gain and ripped off a 20-yard rushing before scoring a nine-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach. Still in search of a new contract, Jackson’s new deal with the Ravens will break the bank if this type of play continues throughout the season. The 2019 NFL MVP has throw for 749 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while adding another 26-143-2 on the ground. The Ravens play host to the Bills in Week 4.
Jones, Daniel (NYG)
Week 2: Daniel Jones has faced pressure on a league-leading 49.3 percent of his drop backs this season, according to Pro Football Focus. It’s the highest mark in the league, just head of Justin Fields and Baker Mayfield. New York’s shoddy offensive line has made it nearly impossible for Jones to let downfield routes develop, resulting in a 6.3 average intended air yards per throw, the fifth lowest in the NFL through two weeks. His 6.9 adjusted yards per attempt is in line with his A/YA over his previous three NFL seasons. Jones after two weeks has PFF’s fourth lowest passing grade among quarterbacks who have taken at least half of their team’s snaps. With no protection and a penchant for checking down, the prospects of Jones suddenly become an aggressive downfield passer are nonexistent. Sterling Shepard and Richie James are likely to benefit from all the check downs, but neither have fantasy upside. Good luck to Jones and the Giants in Week 3 against destroyer of worlds Micah Parsons.
Week 3: Daniel Jones has failed to pass for 200 yards in each of the first two games for the Giants, and will face a Cowboys defense in Week 3 surrendering just 180 passing yards per contest, which is sixth in the NFL.
Jones, Mac (NE)
Week 3: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports tests showed Mac Jones suffered a “pretty severe” high-ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Ravens. Jones’ injury looked like a potential season-ender on the replay, making today’s news about the best we could hope for. Pelissero said the team hopes Jones’ injury won’t require surgery, but that it’s hard to imagine him playing in Week 4 against the Packers. Brian Hoyer will likely see the start next week if Jones is out, but fantasy managers can leave him on the waiver wire. Hoyer could be a desperation add in 2QB and superflex leagues.
Lawrence, Trevor (Jax)
Week 3: Trevor Lawrence completed 28-of-39 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 38-10, Week 3 win over the Chargers. This was just the second time in Lawrence’s career that he threw three touchdown passes. The first time he did so was in Week 1 last year when he was intercepted just as many times. Lawrence picked apart the Chargers, who were down J.C. Jackson and Joey Bosa in this game, with impressive precision. After his first two drives ended in punts, Lawrence and the offense wouldn’t leave the field without putting points on the board or taking a knee for the remainder of the game. Out from under the tyranny of Urban Meyer, Lawrence has looked like a different quarterback to start the year. He ranks as a high-end QB2 for Week 4.
Mahomes, Patrick (KC)
Week 3: Patrick Mahomes completed 20-of-35 passes for 262 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs’ 20-17, Week 3 loss to the Colts. Mahomes actually led the Chiefs in rushing with a scoreless 4/26 line on the ground. He’s historically dissected Colts DC Gus Bradley’s defenses from their time together in the AFC West, but Mahomes tossed a three-yard touchdown to Travis Kelce in the first quarter and then never visited the end zone again. Kelce should’ve had a second score in the fourth quarter but dropped the back-shoulder throw. Mahomes got the ball back with less than a minute to play and hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a chunk gain but tossed a game-ending pick while targeting JuJu Smith-Schuster on the next play. Mahomes gets a tough Week 4 road date with the Bucs in Tampa Bay.
Mariota, Marcus (Atl)
Week 3: Marcus Mariota completed 13-of-20 passes for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Falcons’ 27-23, Week 3 win over the Seahawks, adding seven carries for four additional yards and a touchdown. Mariota also lost a fumble. Mariota maximized his limited attempts by finding each of Kyle Pitts, Drake London, Olamide Zaccheaus and Anthony Firkser for 20-plus yard completions. For his rushing score, he found the edge then lunged for a one-yard touchdown. For the aerial strike, London did most of the work after the catch. Mariota’s interception was a poor decision as time was winding down at the end of the first half. Not the best, but not a killer. With rushing scores in 2-of-3 contests, Mariota is displaying enough of a dual threat to have some QB2 appeal. The Browns are on tap for Week 4.
Mayfield, Baker (Car)
Week 3: Baker Mayfield completed 12-of-25 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 22-14, Week 3 win over the Saints. This was the Panthers’ first win at home in over a year, though Mayfield can’t take much credit for the accomplishment. He was off the mark throughout the day and most of his middling stat line came on a long Laviska Shenault touchdown. Shenault caught the pass and did most of the damage after the catch by evading weak tackle attempts. It was an otherwise uninspiring day from Mayfield. He can be left on the waiver wire for Carolina’s Week 4 game against the Cardinals.
Mills, Davis (Hou)
Week 3: Davis Mills completed 20-of-32 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Houston’s 23-20, Week 3 loss to Chicago. The one thing you could say for Mills’ first two games was that he at least hadn’t been turning it over. A red zone pick that was a late throw to Brandin Cooks was tipped and popped up. Then, in a tied fourth-quarter game deep in his own end, a checkdown target to Rex Burkhead on third-and-1 was tipped at the line and picked off by Roquan Smith, gifting the Bears free reign to run the clock out and kick a winning field goal. Mills managed some deeper throws in this game as the Bears seemed to focus most of their coverage on Cooks and lose other receivers at times. All-and-all, nothing he’s done this year suggests he’s an answer, but the Texans don’t have a lot to lose by throwing him out there again in Week 4 against the Chargers.
Murray, Kyler (Ari)
Week 3: Kyler Murray completed 37-of-58 passes for 314 yards in the Cardinals’ 20-12, Week 3 loss to the Rams. Murray “added” eight rushing yards on two carries, and the Cardinals simply couldn’t find the end zone, instead settling for four Matt Prater field goals despite running 81 offensive plays. Murray’s 58 pass attempts were the most of his career, and his main target was Marquise Brown, who went 14/140 on 17 looks. The Rams own the Cardinals under coach Sean McVay, and Murray always seems to struggle against them. Murray’s pass-catchers also didn’t help him by dropping between 5-10 catchable balls. He needs DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore back in the lineup. Murray will be an upside QB1 next week when the Cardinals go to Carolina.
Rodgers, Aaron (GB)
Week 3: Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-35 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Packers’ 14-12 Week 3 win against the Bucs. Through Sunday’s games, Rodgers have the lowest air yards per attempt in the league. Green Bay’s conservative, check-down offense was on full display against Tampa, as Rodgers threw short to Robert Tonyan, his running backs, and Randall Cobb over and over. Rodgers keyed in on Romeo Doubs early and often; Doubs led the team with eight targets and 73 yards. Rodgers played intelligently throughout a defensive slug-fest between the Packers and Bucs, an emerging theme in an offense without Davante Adams. Probably 10-team fantasy managers can do better than Rodgers in Week 4 against the Patriots. In 12-team format, he’ll be a high-end QB2 option.
Ryan, Matt (Ind)
Week 3: Matt Ryan completed 27-of-37 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 20-17, Week 3 win over the Chiefs. Ryan was painful to watch for 99% of this one; the guy literally cannot move and has nothing left in his noodle arm. But Ryan was able to shotput a couple short touchdowns to rookie TE Jelani Woods, while the Chiefs’ number of mistakes helped pave the way for the Colts’ first win of the season. Ryan absorbed five sacks and lost a fumble. And Jonathan Taylor did nothing on the ground. Ryan has no fantasy value ahead of a Week 4 home date with the Titans.
Smith, Geno (Sea)
Week 3: Geno Smith completed 32-of-44 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Seahawks’ 27-23, Week 3 loss to the Falcons. It’s not a bad box score, but one that belies an outing where Smith kept short-arming deep throws while also setting his pass catchers up for hospital balls. One too-high Smith attempt sent Tyler Lockett to the blue tent. Thankfully, the wideout was able to return. As has been something of an early-season theme, Smith was decent before the break then considerably less so after. Just 107 of his yards came in the second half as he was forced into more predictable passing situations. Smith’s awareness and arm drive just aren’t what you want to see out of a legitimate NFL starter. We don’t doubt that he’s a better option than Drew Lock, but that is the definition of damning with faint praise. Smith is not a compelling streamer for Week 4 against the Lions even though it could be a high-scoring environment.
Stafford, Matthew (LAR)
Week 3: Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-25 passes for 249 yards in the Rams’ 20-12, Week 3 win over the Cardinals. The good news is Stafford didn’t throw an interception after tossing five across Weeks 1-2, but he also didn’t have a touchdown in this one. Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson both dropped would-be scores, however. The Rams called just 46 offensive plays to Arizona’s 81, and Stafford’s 25 attempts were his fewest since joining the Rams. Stafford will be a mere QB1/2 next Monday night against the 49ers.
Tagovailoa, Tua (Mia)
Week 3: Dolphins listed Tua Tagovailoa (back/ankle) as DNP on their Monday practice report. The team confirmed on Monday that Tagovailoa was dealing with both a back and ankle injury, but said he is not in concussion protocol despite being evaluated on the team’s sideline Sunday. The NFLPA is looking to review the Dolphins’ concussion protocol after Sunday’s game, but it appears Tagovailoa will be working through a back and ankle injury ahead of Thursday night’s game with the Bengals. If active, Tagovailoa will be a high-end QB2 in what could be a primetime shootout.
Tannehill, Ryan (Ten)
Week 3: Ryan Tannehill completed 19-of-27 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Titans’ 24-22, Week 3 victory over the Raiders, adding four carries for an additional two yards and a touchdown. Tannehill led the Titans to a 24-10 lead at half by completing 14 of his first 17 pass attempts, throwing for one touchdown and adding one on the ground before the end of the second quarter. The team came out flat in the second half, which allowed the Raiders room to mount an impressive comeback – ultimately falling a two-point conversion short in the final minutes of the game. 15 of Tannehill’s 27 pass attempts were directed at Robert Woods and Derrick Henry in an offensive game plan that was largely biased towards the short areas of the field. It was a step in the right direction for the now 1-2 Titans as they gear up for an AFC South divisional matchup with the 1-1-1 Colts in Week 4.
Trubisky, Mitch (Pit)
Week 3: Mitch Trubisky completed 20-of-32 passes for 207 yards and zero touchdowns in the Steelers’ 29-17, Week 3 loss to the Browns, adding two carries for seven additional yards and a touchdown. That comes out to 6.5 yards per attempt, a number that would have been far lower had George Pickens not made one of the literal greatest catches in NFL history for 36 yards in the first quarter. Trubisky avoided big mistakes on offense but remained largely allergic to chunk gains and chain-moving completions. With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Trubisky oversaw three straight three-and-outs. His deep ball had no zip. With 10 days between now and Week 4 against the Jets, it would be the perfect time for the Steelers to make the move to Kenny Pickett, but there has thus far been zero indication they are considering it. If not, Trubisky will continue to be a drag on his pass catchers’ fantasy value.
Wentz, Carson (Was)
Week 3: Carson Wentz completed 25-of-43 passes for 211 yards in the Commanders’ 24-8 Week 3 loss to the Eagles, adding three rushes for 22 yards. Wentz found himself in Week 3 after looking abnormally proficient in the season’s first two games. He was sacked nine times against his former team and hit on nearly every drop back. Wentz, who has a 4.9 yards per attempt on the day, appeared shaken up at least twice in the second half while his former teammates teed off on him. Wentz and the Commanders never seemed particularly interested in moving the ball or scoring points; the team all but gave up shortly before halftime against a vastly superior opponent. Wentz should be considered a matchup-based fantasy option who should be able to get by on garbage time in a pass-first Commanders offense. He’ll be a serviceable streaming option in Week 4 against Dallas.
Wilson, Russell (Den)
Week 3: Russell Wilson completed 20-of-33 passes for 184 scoreless yards in Denver’s 11-10, Week 3 win over the 49ers. Wilson was dedicated to the craft of throwing swing and checkdown passes to his backs, racking up 12 targets to Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams, and Mike Boone. He also showcased rough accuracy on many of his third-down throws. Nevertheless, he was able to scramble out and create on third-and-10 with 8:16 left in the game and find Kendall Hinton for 27 yards, and scamper forward for 12 more yards on third-and-6 later in the drive. Eventually the Broncos finally found the end zone to take a slim lead — one of few Broncos drives that ended without boos from the home crowd — and held on for dear life. The Broncos travel to Vegas to face a desperate 0-3 Raiders team in Week 4, and desperate also probably describes the state of Russ’ fantasy prospects.
Wilson, Zach (NYJ)
Week 3: Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he’s expecting Zach Wilson (knee) to return in Week 4. The Jets head coach also noted that “until the doctors say so, I’m just going to say he’s being evaluated.” Now at 1-2 on the season, the Jets are understandably excited to get the former No. 2 overall pick back in the fold after a preseason injury knocked him out for the first three weeks of the season. Saleh has long maintained that the team won’t force Wilson onto the field until the team doctors have fully cleared him, but it sounds like that moment is nearing. The Jets take on the Steelers in Week 4.
Winston, Jameis (NO)
Week 3: Saints head coach Dennis Allen said Jameis Winston would continue as the team’s starting quarterback. Winston, struggling through broken bones in his back, has been erratic over the past couple games, including Sunday’s humiliating loss to the Panthers. “I think everybody, when you get in these situations, is kind of looking for a place to place blame,” Allen said. “There’s enough mistakes to go around, I don’t really want to go there. I feel confident with Jameis.” Winston completed 25-of-41 passes for 353 yards, a touchdown, and two picks against Carolina. The Saints don’t have fantastic options lined up behind Winston. Neither Andy Dalton nor Taysom Hill represent an upgrade over an injured Winston. The down-bad New Orleans offense could be in a get-right spot next week against a soft Minnesota defense.
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