Trade away these QBs now
By: Jake Rajala
Week 3 in the National Football League is officially in the books. As a sixth of the season is finished, NFL teams and players are starting to show their true colors. It’s crucial that fantasy football addicts really digest the early season actions that have taken place and take the necessary steps to jolt their winning chances. With that being said, I’m going to assist your team’s fantasy roster by outlining analysis and feedback on the vital quarterback position upon the eclipse of Week 3.
- Joe Burrow
The connection between Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase is truly poetry. Although, Chase can’t solely help Burrow “take care of the football” or prevent the fact that the Bengals have the seventh most challenging schedule this season.
There is a lot of overhyping surrounding the Bengals 2-1 record and highlight reels of Burrow to Chase this early season. Burrow has thrown under 207 yards in each of the past two weeks and he’s thrown four interceptions in three games thus far. I believe the Bengals defense will force Burrow to play catch up in countless, challenging situations this season and more errors for Burrow will follow.
The Bengals OL that wasn’t addressed this offseason that well is still a shaky unit and it’s more than believable that Burrow could miss game time at some point for the second season in a row.
- Matthew Stafford
I believe two things following the Los Angeles Rams demolishing victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For 1. I believe the Rams victory will unveil to be one of the peak moments for Matthew Stafford this year and 2. Matthew Stafford is NOT an MVP candidate and he won’t routinely blow defenses out of the building in Sean McVay’s offense.
I believe it’s a positive sign that Stafford hooked up with speedy, often injured Desean Jackson and unleashed four passing touchdowns against the Buccaneers in the matchup of the week. However, the Buccaneers pass defense is clearly not the same unit that it was in the playoffs last season. Buccaneers got poured on by Dak Prescott in Week 1, then allowed 25 points to the awful Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, and continued to bleed against the Rams in Week 3.
Stafford was the 13th best QB by Fantasy Pros going into Week 3. He now has seen a favorable boost in the rankings — sliding up to be the ninth-best QB. I believe he will be a QB out of the Top 12 throughout most of the season. I believe it’s best to take advantage of his monster performance against TB NOW.
- Sam Darnold
There’s a strong case to be made that Sam Darnold is the worst QB on the best team in the league. Unfortunately, things are about to be worse for Darnold. The Panthers notable RB and fantastic all-purpose weapon Christian McCaffrey is going to miss the next three games in the season.
Sam Darnold has not only been below average this season, but Darnold has faced poor competition in all three matchups. The Panthers QB only tossed 279 passing yards and one touchdown against the Jets in Week 1. In his second regular-season performance, Darnold faced a Saints defense missing several starters and a team that missed several coaches. Yet, Darnold unveiled a modest 305 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception against a very depleted Saints team. In Darnold’s last showcase, he hardly mustered out 304 passing yards tally, 0 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.
It may seem like there is little to get from Darnold in return, but I don’t believe his ceiling will get noticeably higher, and his offense could seriously struggle in the next few weeks without CMAC. If you can get anything out of Darnold right now, pull the trigger.