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Quarterback Rankings Week 2

Quarterback Rankings Week 2

UPDATED 9/14
By: Pete Davidson : September 12, 2013 11:10pm

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This is a tough week to separate the quarterbacks. There are very solid plays all over but not a whole lot of predictable huge games once you get past the top four. I’d be willing to roll with any of the top twenty two options and you could get QB1 numbers out of the first sixteen or so.

I’ll be back with rankings for the RBs, TEs and WRs before kickoff of Jets at Patriots.  Jim Hackkett and I sat down for another podcast today, you can listen here.

Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 Peyton Manning DEN @NYG He won’t toss seven again but they are rolling already. The Giants just don’t have enough talent on the back end to defend against such a deep receiving corp and a HOF QB.
2 Aaron Rodgers GB WAS The Redskins have some issues in the secondary and Rodgers threw it ok against the 49ers. It’s hard to see him being less than a QB1 this week.
3 Drew Brees NO @TB Tampa can defend but the Saints will keep coming at them, so Brees will get his by the end of the day. He has enough weapons to work around Revis and Goldson. Sproles could be huge in this game and I’d expect our guy Kenny Stills to make a big play or two.
4 Eli Manning NYG DEN Eli has the receivers are they will need a lot of points to compete in this game. QB1 numbers are expected.
5 Cam Newton CAR @BUF He’s back to QB1 strength with Seattle off the schedule, but he needs some help from his teammates. Newton should be solid and he has tons of upside.
6 Michael Vick PHI SD Looked great last week, so he can be a QB1 for you while he’s healthy. It’s a solid matchup.
7 Colin Kaepernick SF @SEA It’s a horrible matchup as we mentioned last week with Newton. Kaep has a better supporting cast so we’re still calling him a QB1 in all formats.
8 Robert Griffin III WAS @GB He’s going to need to throw the ball versus the Pack and he knocked most of the rust off last week.
9 Terrelle Pryor OAK JAC He’s home and he’s going to run all day and throw it too. I don’t have any faith that he can stay healthy long term, but enjoy the ride while it lasts. I picked up Pryor late in a few drafts and picked him up this week in a few other leagues. You can always find QBs.
10 Matthew Stafford DET @ARI He’ll need Bush with the Cards’ strength at Cornerback, but he should have solid numbers at the end of the game.
11 Sam Bradford STL @ATL He has so many weapons and he’ll be able to use his outside receivers more this week.
12 Tony Romo DAL @KC Dez looks healthy and Romo looks good to go, so he’s playable, but probably a little more risky than usual and KC is a solid defense.
13 Matt Ryan ATL STL Ryan is certainly playable and he could have a good week, but with both of his starting receivers hurting and playing against a solid defense, his value is not what it normally is.
14 Russell Wilson SEA SF You can definitely go with him if you don’t have a strong backup option, but this is another tough matchup for Wilson. Still, he’s going to post some numbers.
15 Andrew Luck IND MIA Luck needs to be protected better and Miami can get after the QB. Luck has plenty of upside but more risk than usual. Dwayne Allen is now doubtful to play, so Luck has even more protection issues and one less offensive weapon.
16 Jay Cutler CHI MIN He’s a strong play if you need him at home versus a beatable defense.
17 Carson Palmer ARI DET Not a great matchup as the ions strength lines up directly with the Cardinals’ weakness. If you are a Cardinals fan, just hope Carson Palmer survives this game. If he does get some time, he can obviously do a ton of damage, but this week will be a challenge.
18 Matt Schaub HOU TEN He won’t have to throw it all day, so a huge game is unlikely, but he’ll be solid if you need him.
19 Andy Dalton CIN PIT Hard to run versus it, so he’ll have a chance to throw, but it’s a tough matchup. He’s playable, but you should have a better option.
20 Ryan Tannehill MIA @IND Indy is a better matchup than Tannehill had in Week 1. He’s playable if you need him.
21 Joe Flacco BAL CLE Tough matchup and the Browns can use Haden to limit Torrey Smith.
22 Josh Freeman TB NO It could be a shootout, but Freeman is a risky play right now.
23 EJ Manuel BUF CAR Not a good matchup. I like Manuel but you can do better.
24 Philip Rivers SD @PHI He looked ok last week until the end. He can play if you really need him.
25 Brandon Weeden CLE @BAL Tough matchup and still no Gordon. Things get better starting next week.
26 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @CIN Big Ben is fine, but his team is falling apart around him. Losing Pouncey was a brutal blow and Bell’s still out. None for me, thanks.
27 Alex Smith KC DAL Tough for him to post fantasy numbers with so few play-makers to throw to.
28 Christian Ponder MIN @CHI He’ll fail miserably as a fantasy QB this week, but it will be interesting to see if he can play a decent game from a non-fantasy standpoint.
29 Chad Henne JAC @OAK Has no weapons save for Shorts. No way would I play him.
30 Jake Locker TEN @HOU Brutal matchup for the 2nd straight week. We have some hope for Locker, but don’t even think about starting him this week.
31 Tom Brady NE NYJ (ALREADY PLAYED) My initial ranking of 11 turned out to be too generous, but Brady was close to a lot of points that didn’t happen and the rain ended up becoming a factor in the 2nd half.
32 Geno Smith NYJ @NE (ALREADY PLAYED) Smith hung in there ok, but fell apart a bit at the end. It’s understandable given the situation. He’s still a reach as a fantasy option.