Seriously, with possibly the exception of maybe Andy Dalton, are there any other quarterbacks besides Daniel Jones and Jimmy Garappolo that are given less respect?
Jones is currently a top-10 fantasy QB, but remains on the waiver wire in most standard-sized leagues. All he has done in the first two weeks is throw for more than 500 yards with no picks and four combined touchdowns? I'm not saying bench Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray for him, but what more does the guy have to do? And given that this week the Giants play host to Atlanta, i.e. the most QB-friendly defense in the league, you had better believe I have him as a QB1 in my Week 3 rankings.
Meanwhile, can we please mute the drumbeat for "Trey Lance as a starter" for a while? Unlike Jones, Garoppolo might not be a QB1, but he's still a top-20 QB. He too has zero INTs, but has also accounted for three touchdowns. And yes, it was against Detroit, but unlike Jones and many other QBs, Jimmy G already has a 300-yard passing game. He will be at home against the Packers on Sunday, who are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to the QB position. He is definitely worthy of a start this week in your 2-QB leagues.
With those two QBs taking up a prominent place in my rankings, that means someone else is going to be much lower. So yeah, I like Tom Brady less than the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings). This is not so much an incrimination of TB12, more that I think the Rams' defense is miles above the two the Bucs have played, Dallas and Atlanta. Brady should still be "good" this week, but I'm expecting at least a 25 percent drop in his fantasy production.
NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 3
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.