Week 2 QB Rankings: Quarterback Fantasy Stats & Projections

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We had some weird names up top in the fantasy points department for Week 1. Case Keenum was QB4 and Andy Dalton was QB1. Lamar Jackson also tossed five touchdowns against a hapless Miami defense. If you are looking debating who to start this week, or are playing daily fantasy, we can help with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 2 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked quarterbacks, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 2.

Week 2 Quarterback Rankings + Stats & Projections

Week 2 RankingPlayerWeek 2 OpponentPassing YardsPassing TouchdownsInterceptionsRushing YardsRushing TouchdownsWeek 2 Fantasy Projection
1Patrick Mahomes@OAK378302025.6
2Matt RyanPHI3042224024.5
3Deshaun WatsonJAC2683140123.9
4Jared GoffNO186110023.9
5Carson Wentz@ATL313305023.3
6Lamar JacksonARI324506022.6
7Drew Brees@LAR370210022.3
8Dak Prescott@WAS4054012022.3
9Russell Wilson@PIT196208022.2
10Tom Brady@MIA341300021.2
11Josh Allen@NYG2541238121.2
12Ben RoethlisbergerSEA276017021.2
13Jameis Winston@CAR4022322020.9
14Aaron RodgersMIN203108020.8
15Matthew StaffordLAC3853022020.7
16Cam NewtonTB57201-2020.5
17Baker Mayfield@NYJ285130020.0
18Philip Rivers@DET333316019.9
19Andy DaltonSF418200019.8
20Kirk Cousins@GB98104119.6
21Mitch Trubisky@DEN2280111018.7
22Derek CarrKC259102018.5
23Kyler Murray@BAL3082113016.5
24Marcus MariotaIND2483024016.3
25Jacoby Brissett@YEN190209015.2

Week 2 Studs

Most of the top quarterbacks are in great spots, outside of Deshaun Watson on paper against the Jaguars. Regardless of the matchup, his projections still rank third among the position this week. His rushing potential is there, and this Texans offense should still be able to put up points at home. Patrick Mahomes gets a tasty road matchup with Oakland, and comes in as the top ranked option this week. It was disappointing showings for Matt Ryan and Jared Goff this past week, but both rank inside the top five for me. The Philadelphia secondary is one I want to target this season, and the Falcons are back at home. Goff struggled on the road last season, and he gets a Week 2 matchup against the Saints at home. There is shootout potential in each game, and all four quarterbacks are inside the top ten.

Lamar Jackson is coming off a monster week and gets a fast paced Cardinals offense and poor secondary for Week 2. He takes one of the bigger leaps and is a strong option against a defense that just allowed the Lions to put up massive fantasy points through the air. If Dallas leans more on the passing game again this week as they get Ezekiel Elliot back in shape, Dak Prescott could be in for another ceiling game. Washington struggled against the pass once Philly woke up last week, and overall Washington was a middle of the road defense against the pass. Russell Wilson had a very low volume game last week, throwing just 20 times. He is a fringe top ten quarterback this week against a Steelers secondary I don’t mind targeting.

Quarterback Streamers For Week 2

The Oakland offense might have had some extra motivation as they beat up on Denver’s defense for Week 1. The Chiefs allowed 24.6 fantasy points to the Jaguars quarterbacks in Week 1, and allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in 2018. While they made additions defensively, teams are still going to put up plenty of fantasy points against. Derek Carr is 35% owned, and is coming off a big Week 1 performance. The Raiders offense was one of the heavier waiver wire pickups this week. It is an easier home matchup for them, and they will be playing catch up as well behind a Chiefs offense. If you are in a tough spot for your regular quarterback, look at Carr.

Josh Allen is 28% owned, and a strong option this week against the Giants. Allen’s rushing potential gives him a solid floor, and the Giants allowed the 7th most rushing yards to opposing quarterbacks last season. While the Bills passing attack isn’t the most reliable, Allen has scored 20+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games dating back to last season. New York added defensive pieces in the offseason to a defense that ranked 26th against the pass, but they won’t pay dividends just yet. Allen is certainly a better fantasy quarterback than real one. The addition of John Brown is also going to be big for his potential throwing the long ball. We have already seen that pay off, and Brown is a week-to-week starter now given the volume should be there each week.

Tough Matchups

Aaron Rodgers is back at home this week, but takes on Minnesota. They allowed the third fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks last season. They also just shut down the Falcons offense in Week 1. He has failed to surpass 20 fantasy points in five of his last six starts against him, although one game he left injured early. In those five games he has not surpassed one touchdown. Green Bay is a team that is going to need a few weeks to get going offensively, and I am not completely sold on the weapons just yet. Kyler Murray struggled last week until the last quarter. He gets Baltimore at home this week, and overall I expect the Cardinals to struggle. This is a Baltimore defense that allowed the 4th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.

The weapons around Philip Rivers keep dropping. Mike Williams looks to be out for a while, and Hunter Henry suffered a season-ending injury this week. It is going to be easier for defenses to pay attention to Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler. Los Angeles’ offensive line also looked suspect in Week 1. The Lions defense isn’t a bad one, and were slightly above league average in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. For the most part they held Kyler Murray early. Expect Darius Slay to be on Keenan Allen. He is a shutdown corner able to take him away. This is going to be a tough storm to weather, especially with the offensive line issues. Allen and Ekeler are still both starts, especially PPR, but I am growing more concerned for the Chargers offense.

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