Of our top 15 quarterbacks in Week 3 of fantasy, only two — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers — are older than 30.
Sure, removing Drew Brees and Cam Newton and Big Ben, albeit Roethlisberger unlikely to have earned a start-worthy rank this week here regardless, hammers home this fact. But with guys like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes atop this list and taking the league by storm in their second and third seasons, and with rookie No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray sitting at No. 4 in the NFL in passing yardage through two starts (and No. 7 in this week's rankings in a prime breakout spot), the youth movement was already well underway.
Long gone are the days of sitting the youngsters. Heck, the tanking Miami Dolphins even announced it's Josh Rosen time Thursday, two days after the Giants finally pulled the plug on Eli Manning in favor of top pick Daniel Jones. Why won't you won't find either ranked prominently here, the same going for any of the three kids stepping in for the stalwarts listed above?
The common denominator among our rookie (Murray) and second-year quarterback (Josh Allen) appearing in the top 12 for the first time this season is that they can both scoot. Murray has yet to truly lean on his scintillating speed for explosive gains on the ground, but Allen has a rushing touchdown in each of his first two games. They also both find themselves in ripe matchups Sunday — Murray visiting a Newton-less 0-2 Panthers club; Allen hosting the awful Bengals — that could help them keep moving up this list before long.
1. Lamar Jackson, Ravens at Chiefs
2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs vs. Ravens
3. Dak Prescott, Cowboys vs. Dolphins
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Saints
5. Deshaun Watson, Texans at Chargers
6. Tom Brady, Patriots at Jets
7. Jameis Winston, Bucs vs. Giants
8. Kyler Murray, Cardinals at Panthers
9. Josh Allen, Bills vs. Bengals
10. Jared Goff, Rams at Browns
11. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers vs. Steelers
12. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Broncos
13. Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Rams
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14. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Texans
15. Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Lions
16. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Colts
17. Matthew Stafford, Lions at Eagles
18. Mitch Trubisky, Bears at Washington
19. Jacoby Brissett, Colts vs. Falcons
20. Andy Dalton, Bengals at Bills
21. Marcus Mariota, Titans at Jaguars
22. Kirk Cousins, Vikings vs. Raiders
23. Derek Carr, Raiders at Vikings
24. Case Keenum, Washington vs. Bears
25. Kyle Allen, Panthers vs. Cardinals
26. Mason Rudolph, Steelers at 49ers
27. Teddy Bridgewater, Saints at Seahawks
28. Gardner Minshew, Jaguars vs. Titans
29. Daniel Jones, Giants at Bucs
30. Luke Falk, Jets at Patriots