Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, so we have a clearer picture of who are the top options in the league, who is destined to disappoint and which defenses we want to exploit, right?  Of course not!  One game is never going to bring real clarity and NFL teams are always evolving (whether it’s injuries, better game plans or something else entirely).  It will take a few more weeks before we get true clarity, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a better idea.  Let’s take an early look at how things shake out heading into Week 2:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Atlanta
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New Orleans
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. New England
  5. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Jets
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Buffalo
  7. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Miami
  8. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Minnesota
  10. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Indianapolis
  11. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  12. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  13. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Philadelphia
  14. Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – at Pittsburgh
  15. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Los Angeles Rams
  16. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – at Los Angeles Chargers
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New York Giants
  18. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Detroit
  19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  20. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Washington
  21. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Kansas City
  22. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Carolina
  23. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Houston
  24. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Denver
  25. Mike Glennon – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay


  • After torching the Seattle Seahawks for 311 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT it’s hard not to think that Aaron Rodgers is going to keep things rolling against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.  Obviously we all know that he’s among the elite options in the league, but this type of yardage against Seattle (regardless of the number of attempts) shows that last year’s early season struggles should no longer be a concern.
  • The Chicago Bears allowed 321 yards to Matt Ryan and company through the air in Week 1.  While we haven’t seen Jameis Winston and company yet this season, we know the running game is going to be questionable and Winston has Top 5 upsisde.
  • The New York Jets let Tyrod Taylor burn them for 224 yards and 2 TD in Week 1, and while the yardage isn’t a huge number can you imagine what Derek Carr and company will do to them in Week 2?  Carr had a good showing himself (262 yards and 2 TD) and the biggest concern is Oakland getting off to a big lead and limiting the opportunities Carr has to throw the football.
  • No one is going to argue the potential when it comes to Russell Wilson or Eli Manning, and while the latter will hopefully get Odell Beckham back at his disposal both quarterbacks face significant offensive line questions.  Unless they get better protection neither is going to be able to perform like a QB1, and therefore both are going to be tough to trust in the short-term regardless of the opponent.  Consider Wilson the better option and a borderline option but you may want to look to an alternative in the shorter-term.
  • It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Joe Flacco was limited in Week 1 (9-17, 121 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and while things should expand in Week 2 he is still working his way back.  Consider him a mid-lever QB2 given the matchup, but the questions remain.
  • With the loss of David Johnson, the focus on Carson Palmer and company will only grow.  With more opportunities to throw and a favorable matchup it’s impossible not to consider him a QB1 in all formats.
  • It’s hard to trust Alex Smith, considering his track record, but his Week 1 performance also can’t be ignored.  Consider him a borderline QB1, though we’d be much more comfortable using him as a QB2.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 2 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 1 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses


  1. Tiffany says:

    Winston or Palmer? Standard, 10 player league. Thanks!

  2. Pablo E says:

    Palmer or cousins this week?

  3. Whipple says:

    Hey Prof,
    Quick speculative question. Would you pick up David Johnson if someone dropped him and you had to roster him until his return (i.e., no IR slot)? Nobody’s dropped him yet in any of my leagues, but with Arians’ comments about hoping to have him back by Christmas it could happen.


  4. C says:

    Hey Eric,
    I usually don’t panic after one week, but the Patriots DST really looked horrible so I think I have to change while there are decent options left.
    Which DST do you prefer rest of season? I’m leaning Ravens, but there are also the Jaguars, Lions, Bengals, Bills, Chargers and Eagles.
    Appreciate your thoughts!

  5. darrick says:

    who should i start this week mariota or rivers

  6. Eric says:

    Who do you start: Dak or Alex Smith?

  7. Brett says:

    Need to start one, Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith or Andy Dalton?

  8. Shawn says:

    May want to look at #1 again.

    Aaron Rodgers – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta

    Shouldn’t it be Green Bay Packers instead of New Orleans Saints?

    Thank you,

  9. haggy says:

    You don’t like Denvers QB over Dak Prescot this week ??

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