We’ll get to the point this season where some of our favorite QB sleepers deserve to be considered fictional beginners. But the second week is not so. More by chance than anything else, the players with the best matches are also the proven commodities that you likely have crafted for a start, whether it’s young stars like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahoms or veterans like Tom Brady and Matt Ryan. Although Daniel Jones, Drew Locke and Gardner Mincio could play at some point this season, they are well below QB’s fictional Week 2 ratings.
With that said, there are quite a few matches in our top 12 games worth stopping by. Russell Wilson and Seahawks host New England. Seattle is usually a tough place to travel to, but with fan restrictions, week 2 will be our first opportunity to see how the home field feature is affected. We’ve already discussed this season how unlikely the Patriots’ defense will come close to a repeat of last season, but they are still a talented unit we can expect to plan well to stop a talent as unique as Wilson. While Wilson still had a fantastic start this week, his tough showdown capped off a tough match.
On the other side of that game is Cam Newton, who seemed like a willing runner in his first week for the first time in a long time. He found the end zone with his legs twice, although he only made 19 passes. Before the season, we said Newton needed to regain his accelerated ability to regain the importance of imagination. Now that he’s done, he’s at least thinking of starting every week, even though we’re not crazy about the trip to Seattle for the second week.
There is also reason to be concerned about Deshawn Watson facing off against crows. The Watson Week 1 base streak ended up well, but his quick passes and touchdowns came when the match in Kansas City was a long way off. Baltimore had one of the NFL’s best defenses, and Watson seemed to miss Dee Andre Hopkins in the opening game. Baltimore’s play also leads to concerns about acquisition time, which KC caused a lawsuit against Houston. Watson also remains a major player this week, although the upside is less than usual.
Two of the best impulsive fantasy midfielders have great matches in Week Two as well. Kyler Murray plays Washington, who has a strong passing rush but is not an equalizer. Expect the spread of the cardinals’ attack to cause Washington’s problems. Josh Allen should take advantage of another AFC opponent in Week Two when the Beals travel to Miami – as long as Alan avoids fumbling too much.
You should also feel good this week playing Duck Prescott (against Atlanta), Drew Press (@ Riders), Tom Brady (against Panthers), and Aaron Rodgers (against Lions). If you have tough Jones (@ Bears) matches, Lock (@ Steelers) or Minshew (@ Titans) to deal with in the QB Leagues, Mitchell Trubisky might actually be a sleeper play hosting giants, but you can still live with Jones and Minshew Because of their stampede abilities.
NB: Check back throughout the week as we will keep updating our QB Rankings until kick-off based on the latest news, as well as providing individual player analysis.
Second week Rankings Fantasy QB
These rankings are for the four-point TD Leagues.
|1||Lamar Jackson, BAL @ HOU|
|2||Patrick Mahomes, KC @ LAC|
|3||Keeler Murray, ARZ vs WAS. We had some anxiety about Murray’s first week game with 49 players, and Year 2 QB proved he’s not an issue on the ground and through the air. Washington’s rush of passes has choked Carson Wentz, but Murray is on another level now and must start in every league.|
|4||Dak Prescott, DAL vs. ATL. Duck and the Cowboys struggled to find time to beat a powerful pass from the Los Angeles Rams Sunday night. Atlanta shouldn’t pose the same issues, so Prescott should find time to delve deeper into Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Lady Lamb. In its first week, it was Russell Wilson versus the Falcons who set the most Fantasy points of any QB match on Sunday.|
|5||Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. Dt|
|6||Russell Wilson, SEA vs. NE. The Patriots picked Ryan Fitzpatrick three times, but that’s not much to read when deciding whether to play Ross. He’s probably the best QB on your list by a decent margin, so you should keep playing with him and keep reaping the rewards.|
|7||Josh Allen, BUF @ MIA. Allen spent a big 1 week despite a costly tumble as the bills were nearing the end zone. Miami let Cam Newton run on them for the first week, and Allen could follow that chart this week for another big fantasy day.|
|8||Matt Ryan, ATL @ DAL. Ryan flew after 400 yards a pass in the first week on the back of Slack Time to block defenses. This is something Ryan has gotten very good at in recent seasons, and if nothing else, you can count on it late against another strong opponent.|
|9||Deshawn Watson, HOU vs. BAL|
|10||Ben Rothlisberger, PIT vs. The|
|11||Tom Brady, TB vs. CAR. Brady threw two objections, including a choice of six, against the Saints. On the bright side, Carolina just allowed 34 points to invaders. This is a great opportunity to bounce back into Brady, but the first week has shown that there can be some growing pains in Tampa Bay, even for goats.|
|12||Drew Press, NO @ LV. If Michael Thomas’s injury is very serious, Brees takes a big hit. Emmanuel Sanders didn’t seem like a major addition in its first week. I’m still playing Brees in most looks this week, because, like Brady, he’s likely to bounce again.|
|13||Jared Goff, LAR @ PHI|
|14||Ryan Tannhill, Ten vs. Jax|
|15th||Matthew Stafford, DET @ GB|
|16||Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ NYJ|
|17||Carson Wentz, PHI vs. LAR. If Wentz’s struggles against the Washington pass rush are any indication, he might fight again in Week 2 against the Rams front that strangled Dak Prescott. Wentz can be helped by the return of Miles Sanders, which will add a multifaceted dynamic to this attack.|
|18||Cam Newton, NE @ SEA. Newton ran 15 times 75 yards and landed in the first week. And while an eye test wasn’t everything, Newton appeared healthy on the go, too. This has always been the biggest key for him, so Newton is on the verge of getting an imaginary start again.|
|19||Philip Rivers, IND vs. mine|
|20||Gardner Minshew, JAX @ TEN. Minshew only threw one shortfall in its first week, and it led the Jags to a surprise win. Tennessee will likely have a little more defensive talent than Indianapolis, but Minshew might benefit from the appearance of apprentice Laviska Shenault to counterbalance that.|
|21||Daniel Jones, NYG @ CHI|
|22||Kirk Cousins, MIN @ IND|
|23||Joe Borough, CIN @ CLE. Boro really struggled for the first week, and a short week before the Browns’ play on Thursday night soccer could be causing trouble. Miles Jarrett will lick his pieces for this match. The greatest advantage of the fictional Burrow owners was his willingness to run in the first week, which could save his value in a matter of weeks through a tough match.|
|24||Mitchell Trubsky, Che v. NYG|
|25||Baker Mayfield, Klee v. CIN. Mayfield’s junior season looks like a long time ago, and not just due to the time-warping pandemic. His objections on Sunday were partly because Baltimore is good defensively, but it was just an ugly play from Mayfield’s side. You can’t trust Mayfield’s startup until we see drastic changes in his performance.|
|26||Terod Taylor, Latin America and the Caribbean v. KC. Taylor just didn’t work enough the first week to cope with a frustrating day going by. The Chiefs kept Deshaun Watson in check until very late in the first week, so Taylor can stay in your seat this week.|
|27||Derek Carr, LV vs. NO|
|28||Teddy Bridgewater, CAR @ TB. While the Teddy Two Gloves gave some good plays in the first week against the Raiders, the Tampa Bay defense showed just how fiercely it was to slow Drew Brees down. Bridgewater might pick up to play matches along the way, but even in 2-QB tournaments, we’ll stay far from the pirates.|
|29||Drew Locke, DEN @ PIT|
|30||Dwayne Haskins, WAS @ ARZ|
|31||Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs. BUF|
|32||Sam Darnold, NYJ Vs. SF|