MIAMI, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Kirk Cousins and Kenny Pickett are among my must-start fantasy football quarterbacks for Week 3.
My Week 3 running back, tight end and wide receiver rankings and waiver-wire additions articles remain available for your preparation. My positional rankings will continue to be updated for developments, including injuries.
Josh Allen leads my Top 20 quarterback rankings, which are listed below. Dak Prescott and Baker Mayfield join Pickett and Cousins as must-start options. Several streaming options can also be found within my rankings.
Each of my must-start options land inside the Top 14 of my quarterback rankings.
Cousins was among the best fantasy football quarterbacks in Week 2, with 364 yards and four touchdown passes in a Minnesota Vikings loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He also totaled 344 yards and two passing scores in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This week, the Vikings will play the Los Angeles Chargers, who allowed a league-high 712 passing yards through two weeks.
Cousins should again total more than 300 passing yards and three scores. He is my No. 4 option for Week 3.
Prescott failed to throw a touchdown pass in Week 1. He totaled 255 yards and two scores in Week 2 against the New York Jets.
Jones totaled 321 passing yards, two passing scores and a rushing touchdown against the Cardinals in Week 2. I expect Prescott, my No. 8 play, to have similar success. He should be started in all leagues.
Mayfield was among my waiver-wire additions and must-start quarterbacks in Week 2. The Buccaneers quarterback threw two touchdown passes in Week 1. He totaled 317 passing yards in the Buccaneers' win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.
This week, the Buccaneers will host the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles own the best run defense in the NFL, but surrendered the second-most passing yards and the most passing touchdowns through two weeks.
I expect the Eagles to shut down the Buccaneers' running game and jump out to a lead. That should lead to more passing attempts for Mayfield. Look for the veteran quarterback to total 300 passing yards for the second-consecutive week.
He could end up as a Top 10 option if he throws multiple touchdown passes.
Pickett is the No. 13 player in my Week 3 quarterback rankings, but should only be in your lineup if you are desperate for a streaming option and in a league with at least 14 teams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback threw just one touchdown pass in each of his first two starts this season, but faced tough defenses in the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.
This week, Pickett and the Steelers will face a Las Vegas Raiders defense that allowed five touchdown passes and did not log an interception though two weeks.
I expect this to be a high-scoring matchup, with Pickett eclipsing 250 passing yards and throwing at least two scores.
Week 3 fantasy football quarterback rankings
1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills at WAS
2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs vs. CHI
4. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. LAC
5. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers at MIN
6. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles at TB
7. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at ARI
10. Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
11. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears at KC
12. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins vs. DEN
13. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers at LV
16. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals vs. LAR
20. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns vs. TEN