2QB Rankings: Week 2
September 9, 2014 | Joe Siniscalchi
Geno Smith outscored Tom Brady. Matt Cassel outscored Aaron Rodgers. Derek Anderson outscored Drew Brees. Jake Locker finished in the top five in scoring among quarterbacks. Let that all sink in for a second. These are the types of unlikely heroes that can propel you to victory, while a dud performance from an elite QB can sink a team to defeat. In a 2QB league, these are the types of players who can help you overcome a poor performance from a stud QB and keep the ship afloat. If you were bold enough to start the likes of any of these low end QB2s, congrats. Too often, owners are afraid to go with their convictions if they love a matchup, and pass on starting someone like Geno and instead keep someone like Alex Smith in to simply not rock the boat. If you’re one of those owners, I have some advice for you; go big or go home.
Unless you have two stud quarterbacks or a mid-level QB2 with an amazing matchup, you shouldn’t be scared to stream your QB2 when possible. Weeks like Week 1 are perfect examples. Studs like Rodgers or Brees in any instance for the likes of a good matchup with your third QB, but they are capable of being outperformed by a much inferior QB on any given week. This week, my favorite streaming option is Jake Locker. Going up against an awful Dallas team that Colin Kaepernick lit up in one half, I think Locker will perform more in what should be a much more competitive game.
Set ‘Em and Forget ‘Em
1. Peyton Manning (vs KC) – The Broncos haven’t skipped a beat from 2013, and KC suffered two major injuries on defense Week 1.
2. Aaron Rodgers (vs NYJ) – The surgeon should dissect the Jets woeful corners with ease, even with the extra pressure in the pocket.
3. Drew Brees (@CLE) – Expect Brees to pick on rookie corner Justin Gilbert early and often. Another day at the office.
4. Nick Foles (@IND) – Started off slow last week, but ramped it up in the 2nd half. Will pick his spots vs pathetic Colts D
5. Andrew Luck (vs PHI) – Looks like Luck still has to compensate for another bad rushing attack. Eagles improved but very beatable on D.
6. Colin Kaepernick (vs CHI) – Should be a closer game than last week for SF, but up against a very exploitable D.
As Solid As It Gets
7. Russell Wilson (@SD) – The new Big Ben at QB. Always reliable, but not always spectacular.
8. Cam Newton (vs DET) – Already announced he will start and should dominate the redzone via run and pass against a young secondary and aggressive defensive front.
9. Matt Stafford (@CAR) – Tough matchup, but Megatron should bail him out plenty.
10. Matt Ryan (@CIN) – Similar boat as Stafford, but showed last week he’ll have no problem moving the ball on offense.
11. Jay Cutler (@SF) – This defense made Tony Romo look terrible. Beatable but will most likely force at least a turnover.
12. Tony Romo (@TEN) – Let’s hope last week was a fluke, but should see a lot of pressure which tends to him beating himself.
13. Tom Brady (@MIN) – Very pedestrian last week, but Gronk should see more snaps, and MIN secondary is below average.
More QB2 Than QB1
14. Andy Dalton (vs ATL) – Played very well in Baltimore against stingy D; can easily get a TD or two against Atlanta.
15. Robert Griffin III (vs JAX) – Passing attack looks way too conservative to be successful against Jacksonville’s underrated defense. It would be nice if Griffin ran a bit too.
16. Ben Roethlisberger (@BAL) – Not the best matchup, but Big Ben will always ball.
17. Philip Rivers (vs SEA) – Brutal matchup here as SEA mortalized Aaron Rodgers. Avoid if you can.
Your Upside QB2s
18. Jake Locker (vs DAL) – Was highly efficient week one and should feast on Dallas’ swiss cheese defense.
19. Carson Palmer (@ NYG) – Giants struggled to contain Stafford, and the volume will be there.
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@OAK) – Improved upon awful preseason to show good chemistry with Andre. Fire him up.
21. Geno Smith (@GB) – Will be pressured, but Packers secondary needs to improve itself. 38 rushing yards is an encouraging sign.
22. Joe Flacco (vs PIT) – May have had the most boring 345 yard day in recent memory. Volume is nice, but we want efficiency. PIT D is no longer what it used to be.
23. Alex Smith (@ DEN) – Dwayne Bowe will be back, and we should see more of Kelce, but ultimately he’ll be throwing to play catch up.
24. Ryan Tannehill (@BUF) – Had a pair of scores week one, and should be able to air it out a bit more.
You Must Not Be Able To Get Another QB
25. Eli Manning (vs ARI) – This offense might have a dumpster fire in the making.
26. Brian Hoyer (vs NO) – Had a nice second half against PIT, but if Cameron is out, I’d be nervous about trotting him out.
27. EJ Manuel (vs MIA) – Didn’t look totally lost in week 1, but a rushing score saved his day. Pray for some rushing stats.
28. Matt Cassel (vs NE) – Had a pair of scores last week, but Vikings will look to run to keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands.
29. Chad Henne (@ WAS) – It’s a decent enough matchup.
30. Josh McCown (vs STL) – Looked like booty last week, but Rams got torched by Cassel. There’s a glimmer of hope.
31. Derek Carr (vs HOU) – JJ Watt should cause a Carr accident. Couldn’t get anything going against the Jets.
32. Shaun Hill/Austin Davis (@TB) – You may be better off leaving QB2 empty.