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2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 3

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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Drew Brees and his Saints have struggled mightily out of the gates in the standings. This coming Sunday presents the team with a golden opportunity to not only get into the win column, but also put up some big offensive numbers in the process, as they will host Kansas City. However, don't be surprised if the Chiefs' Matt Cassel also joins in on the fun, as the Saints' defense is currently last in the league in both yards and points allowed. Jay Cutler will look to bounce back from his four-interception showing against Green Bay as Chicago hosts St. Louis. Likewise, Aaron Rodgers is hoping for better things this week than what he did (219 yards passing, TD, INT) in the win over the Bears, but he will have to do in Seattle against a Seahawks' defense that held Tony Romo (251 yards, TD, INT) and the Cowboys' offense in check last Sunday. Another quarterback match up to watch is in Foxboro as Tom Brady and the Patriots face off against Joe Flacco and the Ravens in a rematch of last season's AFC Championship game. Both teams are coming off of disappointing losses and to this point, the quarterbacks have put up similar numbers.

2012 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Drew Brees

NO

vs. KC

2

Matthew Stafford

DET

at TEN

3

Cam Newton

CAR

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

4

Aaron Rodgers

GB

at SEA (Mon.)

5

Tom Brady

NE

at BAL

6

Tony Romo

DAL

vs. TB

7

Eli Manning

NYG

at CAR (Thurs.)

8

Robert Griffin III

WAS

vs. CIN

9

Michael Vick

PHI

at ARI

10

Matt Ryan

ATL

at SD

11

Philip Rivers

SD

vs. ATL

12

Jay Cutler

CHI

vs. STL

13

Peyton Manning

DEN

vs. HOU

14

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

at OAK

15

Andy Dalton

CIN

at WAS

16

Matt Cassel

KC

at NO

17

Joe Flacco

BAL

vs. NE

18

Alex Smith

SF

at MIN

19

Josh Freeman

TB

at DAL

20

Matt Schaub

HOU

at DEN

21

Andrew Luck

IND

vs. JAC

22

Sam Bradford

STL

at CHI

23

Carson Palmer

OAK

vs. PIT

24

Ryan Fitzpatrick

BUF

at CLE

25

Jake Locker

TEN

vs. DET

26

Mark Sanchez

NYJ

at MIA

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Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 3 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 3 Start or Sit