QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 2 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
We saw Fitzmagic, a touchdown for each new Raven, another Aaron Rodgers fourth quarter comeback, and a no-good-very-bad tie. Week 1 came and went, but did not disappoint. Though I missed the pick on Ryan Fitzpatrick going toe-to-toe with Drew Brees, I did make away with all three quarterback picks being in the top 15. Case Keenum proved he could manage Bronco expectations with a win against the Seahawks and Andy Dalton took full advantage of his best supporting cast since 2015.
But the real winner was Tyrod Taylor, who — despite the rain — made an impact on the ground (with a team-high 77 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries) and added a Josh Gordon touchdown late in the fourth quarter to lead the Browns to their first non-loss since 2016. He also handed fantasy owners a victory with 23.6 fantasy points in standard ESPN leagues.
|Pick||QB||ESPN Points||QB Rank|
With injuries just getting started (Marcus Mariota, Rodgers?) and second-year players starting to thrive (Patrick Mahomes) we look towards Week 2 with the following rankings and potential streamers. Again, these rankings are based on a combination of matchup, GLSP, and how they’ve performed fantasy-wise this season (or in this case, last week).1
Week 2 Quarterback Rankings
|Philip Rivers||at Buffalo||1|
|Alex Smith||vs Colts||2|
|Drew Brees||vs Browns||3|
|Patrick Mahomes||at Pittsburgh||4|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||vs Eagles||5|
|Aaron Rodgers||vs Redskins||6|
|Case Keenum||vs Raiders||7|
|Jared Goff||vs Cardinals||8|
|Russell Wilson||at Chicago||9|
|Andrew Luck||at Washington||10|
|Kirk Cousins||at Green Bay||11|
|Tyrod Taylor||at New Orleans||12|
|Cam Newton||at Atlanta||13|
|Tom Brady||at Jacksonville||14|
|Deshaun Watson||vs Titans||15|
|Joe Flacco||at Cincinnati||16|
|Andy Dalton||vs Ravens||17|
|Matthew Stafford||at San Fransisco||18|
|Blake Bortles||vs Patriots||19|
|Nick Foles||at Tampa Bay||20|
|Sam Darnold||vs Dolphins||21|
|Mitchell Trubisky||vs Seahawks||22|
|Ben Roethlisberger||vs Chiefs||23|
|Ryan Tannehill||at Jets||24|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||vs Lions||25|
|Dak Prescott||vs Giants||26|
|Matt Ryan||vs Panthers||27|
|Eli Manning||at Dallas||28|
|Blaine Gabbert||vs Texans||30|
|Derek Carr||at Denver||29|
|Josh Allen||vs Chargers||31|
|Sam Bradford||at Rams||32|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Case Keenum vs. Raiders
Despite his three interceptions, Case Keenum had an ideal fantasy day in his Denver debut, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Taking advantage of his veteran wideouts in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas — who had their own fantasy days with 29.5 and 18.3 points respectively — the Broncos now host the Raiders off a disappointing loss and short travel week. The Oakland defense was stagnant, on the field for most of the second half of Monday Night Football, and we can expect similar results against this newly rejuvenated Broncos offense.
Don’t expect as many turnovers from this Raiders defense and expect Keenum to ride his high through Week 2, making him a worthy start in 2QB leagues.
Favorite Streamer – Sam Darnold vs. Dolphins
“It all started with a pick 6 on his first NFL pass” is not how this story typically goes, but I believe Sam Darnold exceeded even coach Todd Bowles expectations with his 198 yards and two touchdowns to lead the NY Jets to a Week 1 victory.
I don’t know how to not pick Darnold in his first home game after his performance last week. Though the Miami defense was solid last week against the Titans (albeit, Blaine Gabbert), Darnold is positioned for a bit of a victory lap with eager fans desperate to cheer on (finally) their franchise quarterback. While every aspect of the team contributed to Monday’s blowout against the Lions, Darnold proved to have the poise and the ability to act quickly that makes for starting potential in deeper leagues — or on teams where you’re already dealing with quarterback injuries.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Nick Foles at Tampa Bay
It was a sloppy win, but a win nonetheless for the defending Super Bowl champions and their MVP. We saw both sides of Nick Foles last week — the inconsistent former Rams quarterback who puts up 117 scoreless passing yards and the Super Bowl leader who can successfully execute on Doug Peterson’s risky play call, now known as “Philly Philly”, to secure a W.
Though we’re unsure which Nick Foles we’ll get this week while we wait for Carson Wentz to return, we do know how many points Tampa Bay allowed the Saints to score (40) in Week 1, presenting an ideal opportunity for Foles to bounce back from the measly five fantasy points he put up last week.
He’s not Drew Brees, but Foles is more than capable of having a big game in Tampa Bay. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that he put up jaw dropping performances to knock the Vikings and Patriots out of the postseason. It would help if Foles could rely on Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) to be active in Week 2 but, regardless, Foles should be able to exploit the Buc’s secondary and bounce back from an unfortunate Week 1 performance.
- Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. (back)