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Fantasy Football QB1 Primer: Week 3 (2021)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Sep 25, 2021
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Whether you’ve decided to stream the position all season, or if you just need a fill-in for a bye week, injury, or bad matchup, I’ll give you some under-the-radar quarterback targets who can help you win. Each week using our FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings, I’ll outline my favorite:

  • Mid-range passers with QB1 upside.
  • Streaming options rostered in fewer than 60% of leagues with QB1 upside in 1QB and 2QB leagues.

Before we do that, let’s recap how last week’s Primer performed:

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Week 2 Mid-Range Passers with QB1 Upside

Aaron RodgersQB5 in Week 2

Yep, nailed it. Rodgers threw for four touchdowns against the Lions and hopefully secured a victory for you. Let’s stop underrating him, he could go off against San Francisco too.

Justin HerbertQB21 in Week 2

This call definitely didn’t work out, but we deserved better. Herbert was quite good in this game, throwing for 338 yards. The two interceptions were frustrating. But even more frustrating was the officiating, who seemingly took every big play away from the Chargers with a penalty.

Baker Mayfield: QB18 in Week 2

Mayfield was disappointing against the Texans defense, throwing for only 218 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland’s passing game is one I’m staying away from, especially now that Jarvis Landry is injured.

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Teddy BridgewaterQB11 in Week 2

Bridgewater worked out well, throwing for 328 yards and two scores against the Jaguars. Teddy should be in store for another good game against the Jets this weekend.

Jared Goff: QB15 in Week 2

Goff once again wasn’t bad at all last weekend. However, some self-inflicted wounds cost him from finishing as a QB1. He threw a bad interception, then fumbled a snap once it started raining. Not a great look.

Andy DaltonQB28 in Week 2

Let the record show Dalton was 9-for-11 for 56 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury. It could’ve happened!

Week 3 Mid-Range Passers with QB1 Upside

Justin Herbert vs. Kansas City 

I’m rolling with Herbert, the QB9 in our Expert Consensus Rankings, against a Chiefs defense I have enormous concerns about. Kansas City is giving up 9.4 net yards per pass attempt, tied for the highest mark in the league. Herbert’s thrown for 338 and 337 yards in his first two games. We just need some more touchdowns.

Aaron Rodgers vs. San Francisco 

Until Rodgers starts being ranked higher, I’m going to keep putting him on this list. Rodgers is the ECR QB10 in a matchup with San Francisco that’s more favorable than it may appear. The 49ers secondary is banged up and was forced to start Josh Norman and rookie Deommodore Lenoir last week. Emmanuel Moseley could be back for the Niners, but this secondary doesn’t have an answer to stopping Davante Adams one-on-one. I’m expecting a big primetime performance from Rodgers.

Daniel Jones vs. Atlanta 

Backing Daniel Jones is always a perilous exercise. In this case, I’m playing the matchup over the player, what could possibly go wrong? Jones was the QB4 against Washington last week. Now he faces an Atlanta defense that’s yielded the most passing touchdowns to opposing QBs. I love a Jones-Sterling Shepard DFS stack this week, FWIW. Jones is the ECR QB12, and I suspect he’ll outperform that rank.

Top Streaming Options Rostered in Less Than 60% of Leagues

Justin Fields at Cleveland 

There aren’t a ton of great streaming options available this week, so if you’re desperate for an upside option, Fields is your guy. The Ohio State product will make his first career start against a Cleveland defense that struggled to stop Tyrod Taylor before he went down with an injury. The Browns have given up 564 passing yards, five passing touchdowns, and two rushing scores to opposing QBs so far. Fields’ mobility also raises his floor slightly. It’s a big risk, but it could yield a big reward.

Jacob Eason or Carson Wentz at Tennessee 

Obviously, this streaming option requires you to keep close tabs on Wentz’s status. However, either quarterback faces a great matchup against a generous Titans secondary. Tennessee has allowed 623 yards and six touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks this year. It’s a desperation play, but it could be worthwhile during a week with limited streaming options.

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