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Jimmy Garoppolo

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That’s it, three weeks down. At this point, you know whether or not you need to make major adjustments to your team. When it comes to fantasy football, it is usually an untimely injury that gives you the most disappointment, but it is unfair to talk about a disappointing season from a player who couldn’t play. What this article is about is discussing the players that have played in the games and have let us down during the first three weeks. This information may help you make decisions when it comes to trading players. After all, there are players that are considered elite who have not had a good first three weeks.

 

Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco

Jimmy Down! Some of you Seinfeld fans may get that reference, and not going to lie, I was waiting to use that reference at some point during the season. Anyway, Garoppolo went down for the season with an ACL tear. If he had missed the entire week three game, I would have left him off of this list. However, he played the majority of the game, so we have seen him through three weeks of game play. Garoppolo’s rank amongst quarterbacks is 19th and has a completion percentage of 59.6%. You will notice I focus a lot on the completion percentage when it comes to quarterbacks. If a quarterback can keep himself above 65%, it is a good sign that they have what it takes to be a quality quarterback.

Last year when Garoppolo was traded to San Fransisco, he got plugged in right away. He played five full games and part of a sixth. During this time, his completion percentage was 67.4%, which is fantastic and a large part of why he was ranked in the top-10 of quarterbacks in the draft this year. To be fair, two of the first three games this year he had a completion percentage above 65%. However, Garoppolo never got above 300 passing yards in a game. While in 2017, he was able to get above, or nearly to, 300 yards a game in all but one of the five games he started. Garoppolo just hasn’t lived up to the expectations this year. This disappointment could be due to a number of factors, but now that he is out for the season, we have to wait until next year to see if he will bounce back.

 

Tom Brady, New England

Everyone knows the GOAT, Mr. Brady. He’s the talk of the league. The so called greatest of all time… Mr. four-time Super Bowl MVP, three time league MVP, 13 Pro Bowl appearances, and 15 division titles. But he has been an utter disappointment this year through week 3. Right now, he is the 21st quarterback with 45.2 points, which is a major disappointment if you drafted him. That is if you took him at his ranked value. After all he is the GOAT, why wouldn’t you take him early in the draft? Here is a lesson to all of you when it comes to drafting quarterbacks. There are three top ten lists for quarterbacks that are very telling for 2018 so far:

 

Top-10 QBs through week 3: Total Yards

1) Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB: 1,230
2) Ben Roethlisberger, PIT: 1,140
3) Drew Brees, NO: 1,078
4) Kirk Cousins, MIN: 965
5) Jared Goff, LAR: 941
6) Derek Carr, OAK: 936
7) Philip Rivers, LAC: 906
8) Matt Ryan, ATL: 897
9) Patrick Mahomes, KC: 896
10) Matthew Stafford, DET: 895

Top-10 QBs through week 3: Pass Attempts

1) Ben Roethlisberger, PIT: 139
2) Kirk Cousins, MIN: 139
3) Matthew Stafford, DET: 135
4) Drew Brees, NO: 129
5) Joe Flacco, BAL: 129
6) Andrew Luck, IND: 124
7) Aaron Rodgers, GB: 116
8) Andy Dalton, CIN: 116
9) Blake Bortles, JAX: 112
10) Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB: 111

Top-10 QBs through week 3: Completion Percentage

1) Drew Brees, NO: 104/129 [80.6%]
2) Derek Carr, OAK: 85/111 [76.6%]
3) Eli Manning, NYG: 81/110 [73.6%]
4) Ryan Tannehill, MIA: 54/74 [73%]
5) Jared Goff, LAR: 71/101 [70.3%]
6) Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB: 78/111 [70.3%]
7) Philip Rivers, LAC: 75/108 [69.4%]
8) Mitchell Trubisky, CHI: 72/104 [69.2%]
9) Alex Smith, WSH: 66/96 [68.8%]
10) Andrew Luck, IND: 85/124 [68.5]

 

Notice who is off of these lists? Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton; and Aaron Rodgers made it on to only one of these lists (attempts). These are the top five quarterbacks off of the board in the average draft. So, why did you spend such a high draft pick on these guys? At this point, you are more than likely starting your backup quarterback if you took one of these guys, including Tom Brady, who is 19th in completion percentage and attempts, and 25th in total yards. So, until you see some sort of comeback from Tom Brady, you shouldn’t be putting him into your lineup.

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