Kirk Cousins – MIN
Week 2 stats: 221 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 8.84 PPR points
Week 3 matchup: vs. DET
Kirk Cousins might be the most confusing QB in the NFL to evaluate, by both real world and fantasy football standards. Cousins performed poorly in prime time against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. However, with a home matchup against the rebuilding Lions, and the bright lights of primetime far away from Cousins, he should bounce back. The Vikings offense is too good to be shut down two weeks in a row.
Joe Burrow – CIN
Week 2 stats: 199 YDS, 1 TD, 0 INT, 4 CAR 26 YDS, 16.56 PPR points
Week 3 matchup: @ NYJ
Burrow has looked uncharacteristically average as the defending AFC Champion Bengals have stumbled to 0-2 start under his stewardship. Still, it is only a matter of time until Burrow is back to being the elite QB that he was last year. They will travel to East Rutherford to take on the Jets, who narrowly squeaked out a victory against the Cleveland Browns thanks to an onside kick last week. Expect Burrow to be on his game for four full quarters in this one, finally getting the Bengals a much-needed victory.
Derek Carr – LV
Week 2 stats: 252 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT, 18.98 PPR points
Week 3 matchup: @ TEN
Carr has always been an above average quarterback, but the Raiders have stumbled to 0-2 after an ugly choke job against the Arizona Cardinals last week. With their backs against the wall, expect Carr to play well against a Titans secondary that just got picked apart by Josh Allen and the Bills without Gabriel Davis.
Tom Brady – TB
Week 2 stats: 190 YDS, 1 TD, 1 FUM , 9.4 PPR points
Week 3 matchup: vs GB
Brady has not looked very good for fantasy managers to start the year, as the Buccaneers offense has yet to truly take flight. Nevertheless, their defense has carried them to a 2-0 start against the Cowboys and Saints. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both out against the Packers, it is hard to envision their offense doing very well this week. After two straight duds in fantasy, it may be time to plug in a reliable backup for Brady this week.
Carson Wentz — WAS
Week 2 stats: 337 YDS, 3 TDS, 1 INT, 2 CAR, 23 YDS, 27.78 PPR points
Week 3 matchup: vs PHI
Carson Wentz has been dominant in fantasy for the first two weeks of the season, but stats can be deceiving. Against the Lions, the Commanders were eviscerated in the first half, but Wentz managed to climb back into the game and make the final score look a little better, despite still taking the loss. Against the Eagles, do not expect the same good fortune to befall him. The Eagles defense looked elite against the Vikings on Monday Night, and they could have themselves a day if the turnover prone Wentz of old shows up.
Tua Tagovailoa – MIA
Week 2 stats: 469 YDS, 6 TDs, 2 INTs, 38.86 PPR points
Week 3 matchup: vs BUF
Tua Tagovailoa had an insane game in week two, throwing for four TDs in the fourth quarter against the Ravens. However, a reality check is coming to town this week in the form of the Buffalo Bills. Their defense has stymied two playoff teams in the first two weeks of the season. So while it could be tempting to plug Tagovailoa in this week, fantasy managers should beware the matchup.