Week 3 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: QB

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Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Georgia Dome. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

As we saw in Sunday’s matchup between the Seahawks and 49ers, even the best quarterbacks aren’t matchup proof. There’s no worse feeling than having a top draft pick like Colin Kaepernick throw three interceptions after dominating the Packers just a week before. As you’ll see below, there’s several top quarterbacks facing stiff competition this week and some mediocre quarterbacks facing impossible challenges.

Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, Robert Griffin, and Philip Rivers are facing incredibly stingy defenses this week while Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, and Tom Brady don’t have optimal matchups either. Chad Henne and Christian Ponder seem unstartable in all but 2QB leagues facing the Seahawks and Browns, respectively. EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, and Josh Freeman have iffy matchups as well.

Matt Schaub faces the Ravens defense which ranks last in fantasy points against but that’s the result of that seven-touchdown game against Denver. The Ravens held Brandon Weeden to 227 yards and no touchdowns on Sunday so that number will level out. The 49ers and Redskins have deceptively high QB points allowed, they’re tough defenses that have allowed big efforts to the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, and Russell Wilson.

Let’s take a look at all of the most and least favorable matchups of the week based on how many fantasy points each defense has allowed to opposing quarterbacks.

You can also check out defensive matchup exploitation rankings for running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends.

Highly Unfavorable, Unfavorable, Neutral, Slightly Favorable, Favorable

Rank
vs
QB

QB
FPS
Allowed

Defense

Week 3 Opponents

1

5.3 Steelers Jay Cutler

2

5.9 Chiefs Michael Vick

3

9.6 Lions Robert Griffin III

4

10.6 Titans Philip Rivers

5

11.4 Jets EJ Manuel

6

12.6 Dolphins Matt Ryan

7

12.8 Seahawks Chad Henne

8

14.2 Browns Christian Ponder

9

15.5 Panthers Eli Manning

10

16 Buccaneers Tom Brady

11

16.1 Bills Geno Smith

12

16.3 Patriots Josh Freeman

13

17.3 Jaguars Russell Wilson

14

17.4 Giants Cam Newton

15

17.5 Bears Ben Roethlisberger

16

18.1 Rams Tony Romo

17

18.3 Bengals Aaron Rodgers

18

20.4 Saints Carson Palmer

19

20.5 Broncos Terrelle Pryor

20

21 Vikings Brian Hoyer

21

21.1 Cardinals Drew Brees

22

21.5 Falcons Ryan Tannehill

23

21.6 Eagles Alex Smith

24

21.9 Colts Colin Kaepernick

25

24.6 Texans Joe Flacco

26

24.8 Chargers Jake Locker

27

24.9 Raiders Peyton Manning

28

25.5 Redskins Matthew Stafford

29

25.6 49ers Andrew Luck

30

30.7 Packers Andy Dalton

31

31.8 Cowboys Sam Bradford

32

46.3 Ravens Matt Schaub

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.