Fantasy Flavor Week 3 Start Rankings: QB & TE

September 22, 2010 | Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Fantasy Flavor Week 3 “Formulary” Start Rankings for Quarterbacks and Tight Ends. Remember that the “Formula” is two parts player expectations, and one part defensive expectations against that player based on opponent and position.

 

Two weeks into the season, we’re at the tricky point. Teams are beginning to show tendencies, strengths and weaknesses, that’s a positive. Additionally, players’ roles are becoming more clearly defined. Still, it’s tough to base defensive expectations on two weeks of play, yet impossible to believe that last year’s trends will all hold up. And players too, while defining their roles, are far from settled in, so balancing preseason expectations with 2 weeks of play so far is an inexact science to say the least.

 

Having said all of that, here are the rankings for QBs and TEs. We’ll follow tomorrow with running backs and kickers, and finish with wide receivers and defenses on Friday. As always, pay attention to the injury report, trust your gut, and make sure to have fun. If you’re not having fun playing fantasy football, you’re doing it wrong.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Drew Brees vs. ATL (12)

2. Aaron Rodgers @ CHI (13)

3. Brett Favre vs. DET (19)

4. Phillip Rivers @ SEA (22)

5. Eli Manning vs. TEN (22)

6. Matt Schaub vs. DAL (29)

7. Joe Flacco vs. CLE (29)

8. Michael Vick @ JAX (29)

9. Peyton Manning @ DEN (31) *bump him up a few spots if Bailey doesn’t play

10. Donavan McNabb @ St.L (34)

11. Jay Cutler vs. GB (35)

12. Vince Young @ NYG (36)

13. Tom Brady vs. BUF (39)

14. Tony Romo @ HOU (39)

15. Mark Sanchez @ MIA (45)

16. David Garrard vs. PHI (52)

17. Byron Leftwich @ TB (52) *Batch might be a spot or 2 lower

18. Matt Ryan @ NO (56)

19. Alex Smith @ KC (58)

20. Josh Freeman vs. PIT (61)

21. Shaun Hill @ MIN (61) *Stafford would be about the same here but riskier

21a. Charlie Batch @ TB

22. Chad Henne vs. NYJ (62)

23. Carson Palmer @ CAR (64)

24. Kyle Orton vs. IND (64)

25. Matt Hasselbeck vs. SD (64)

26. Derek Anderson vs. OAK (67)

27. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ NE (75)

28. Matt Cassel vs. SF (76)

29. Sam Bradford vs. WAS (76)

30. Bruce Gradkowski @ AZ (78) *Campbell would be about the same

31. Seneca Wallace @ BAL (83) *Put Delhomme here too if he goes

32. Jimmy Claussen vs. CIN (89) *tough assignment for a debut

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Jermichael Finley @ CHI (16)

2. Antonio Gates @ SEA (18)

3. Visanthe Shiancoe @ DET (18)

4. Mercedes Lewis vs. PHI (20)

5. Dallas Clark @ DEN (24)

6. Vernon Davis @ KC (24)

7. Greg Olsen vs. GB (27)

8. Dustin Keller @ MIA (30)

9. Brent Celek @ JAX (31)

10. Chris Cooley @ St.L (33)

11. Zach Miller @ AZ (35)

12. Tony Gonzalez @ NO (41)

13. Jason Witten @ HOU (42)

14. Heath Miller @ TB (44)

15. Jeremy Shockey vs. ATL (44)

16. Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. PIT (45)

17. Owen Daniels vs. DAL (45)

18. Kevin Boss vs. TEN (45) *watch his health

19. Tony Scheffler @ MIN (49)

20. Todd Heap vs. CLE (49)

21. John Carlson vs. SD (51)

22. Bo Scaife @ NYG (51)

23. Fred Davis @ St.L (55)

24. Brandon Pettigrew @ MIN (59)

25. Zach Miller vs. PHI (60)

26. Jared Cook @ NYG (61)

27. Benjamin Watson @ BAL ( 63)

28. Ed Dickson vs. CLE (71)

29. David Thomas vs. ATL (72)

30. Aaron Hernandez vs. BUF (72)

31. Dennis Pitta vs. CLE (77)

32. Jimmy Graham vs. ATL (78)

33. Anthony Fasano vs. NYJ (79)

34. Jermaine Grasham @ CAR (82)

35. Rob Gronkowski vs. BUF (82)

36. Martellus Bennett @ HOU (82)

37. Donald Lee @ CHI (90)

38. Brandon Manamaleuna vs. GB (97)

39. Daniel Fells vs. WAS (101)

40. Evan Moore @ BAL (101)

 

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