NFL QUARTERBACK POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 starters stand going into Week 4

The NFL is just two weeks old but Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, and Cam Newton are up while Andrew Luck and Colin Kaepernick are not.

Using two different advanced stats and a fantasy football metric, we came up with a formula to rank all 32 NFL starters.

The formula uses Football Outsiders’ DYAR metric, ESPN’s total QBR metric, and the percentage of teams that own each quarterback in ESPN’s Fantasy Football game.
Think of the latter as a job approval rating, an indication of how fans think of the quarterback’s potential moving forward.

In the case of injuries, we will continue to rank the injured starter unless he is out for the remainder of the season or there is doubt about their role once healthy.

Here is how the 32 starters are ranked so far.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Team record: 3-0

DYAR rank: 2

QBR rank: 3

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 99.9%

One thing to know: Not all the advanced stats loved Rodgers' 5-touchdown, 0-interception win, with Pro Football Focus giving it a slightly below-average grade. But the numbers used here liked it enough to vault Rodgers up to the new No. 1 from No. 3 last week.

3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Team record: 2-1

DYAR rank: 4

QBR rank: 1

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 93.1%

One thing to know: Roethlisberger slips from No. 1 thanks in large part to suffering a knee injury that knocked him out of his past week's game. Luckily he avoided serious injury and will be back this season.

6. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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Team record: 3-0

DYAR rank: 6

QBR rank: 4

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 59.3%

One thing to know: The Bengals are 3-0 and Dalton has led them to 1,243 yards of offence, second only to the Patriots. The 285 passing yards per game ranks sixth.

9. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

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Team record: 2-1

DYAR rank: 8

QBR rank: 8

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 65.1%

One thing to know: The patience has paid off and now Taylor is being considered a legit fantasy football threat.

10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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Team record: 1-2

DYAR rank: 18

QBR rank: 15

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 99.8%

One thing to know: Russell Wilson played well considering Marshawn Lynch was out most of the game. But the 26-0 shutout of the Bears was more about Chicago's awful offence (they punted on every possession!) and the return of Kam Chancellor on Seattle's defence.

12. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

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Team record: 2-1

DYAR rank: 7

QBR rank: 7

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 34.0%

One thing to know: The Raiders are favoured on the road this week (vs. the Bears). That hasn't happened since 2012.

13. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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Team record: 1-2

DYAR rank: 16

QBR rank: 18

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 83.4%

One thing to know: Tom Krasovic says Rivers is directly responsible for all four of his interceptions (bad throws) and one of his two fumbles.

16. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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Team record: 0-3

DYAR rank: 20

QBR rank: 28

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 96.1%

One thing to know: Drew Brees is back practicing with the team two weeks after injuring his shoulder and one week after missing just his second game in ten seasons with the Saints.

23. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

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Team record: 0-3

DYAR rank: 17

QBR rank: 17

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 14.6%

One thing to know: After injuring his hamstring and missing last week's game, Cutler was practicing on Wednesday in a limited capacity. His status for Sunday is uncertain, according to Dan Wiederer.

26. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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Team record: 1-2

DYAR rank: 32

QBR rank: 23

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 55.5%

One thing to know: Kaepernick had the biggest slide of the week, dropping 16 spots after a putrid performance that included just 67 yards passing, four interceptions, and just nine completions.

28. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets


Team record: 2-1

DYAR rank: 23

QBR rank: 19

ESPN Fantasy Owned: 12.0%

One thing to know: Brian Costello says Jets fans finally met 'the bad Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday,' but noted that even though he is inconsistent, 'there is no reason to start calling for Geno Smith.'

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