Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Headlines Fantasy Football Quarterbacks To Start In Week 3

Last night, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was the perfect reminder of how much quarterback play can vary week to week. After a nearly flawless performance against the St. Louis Rams, Cousins looked out of sync with his receivers and threw two interceptions against the New York Giants. While Cousins hopefully wasn’t your starting quarterback in fantasy this week, it’s a friendly reminder that one week is too small of a sample size to consider a quarterback dependable.

With that in mind, let’s look at some quarterbacks who seem to be strong options this week, as well as the key big-name signal caller you want to avoid.

3 Must-Start Quarterbacks This Week

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Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Wrist StretchWith Kam Chancellor back on defense, the Seahawks will be fired up to get their first win of the season against this lowly Bears team. Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback after Chicago lost Jay Cutler to injury Week 2. With Seattle likely controlling possession for 40 minutes against an awful Bears defense, Wilson will have a field day. Regardless of what happened the first two games, Wilson should be starting if he’s on your roster.
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Tom Brady – New England Patriots
Wrist StretchThis one could be interesting because anyone who has Brady is afraid that a blowout will diminish his stats. Everyone expects the Patriots to beat the Jaguars at home. However, don’t let any doubt creep into your head that New England will sit Brady if the Pats get out to a big lead. I’m still inclined to believe that the Patriots run up the score on everyone. It seems like the only person still trying to pull Brady from games is Roger Goodell.
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Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
Wrist StretchHe’s officially back to being a relevant fantasy QB, provided he stays healthy. Palmer already has seven touchdown passes through two games, which is way ahead of last season’s pace in which he threw 11 in six games. This week, he has an ideal match-up against the 49ers, who got demolished by Pittsburgh in Week 2. Palmer’s track record against San Francisco combined with back-to-back cross country road games for the Niners adds up to the Arizona quarterback having a big game.
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Quarterback ‘Bust’ Of The Week
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Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
Wrist StretchAfter getting banged up last week, Stafford now has a game against the Denver Broncos, who have yet to allow a passing touchdown this season. Matt has four touchdowns and three interceptions through two games, but Denver has already picked off four passes as a collective defense. If Stafford is still starting for you this week in your fantasy league, pray that his ribs hold up long enough for him to last the whole game. There isn’t much else to be hopeful for, unless you own his backup QB Dan Orlovsky.
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Deep Sleeper Quarterback Of The Week
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Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
Wrist StretchHear me out here. I have a feeling the Patriots are trying to set the record for most points scored in a season. There will be plenty of opportunities for Jacksonville to throw the ball and the New England defense has looked far from stingy thus far. Bortles posted an 89.8 QBR last week against Miami, giving Jaguars fans some hope. This barnburner will be the perfect time for Bortles to scoop up plenty of garbage time points.
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