by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Week 1 is in the books so we have gotten answers to all of our questions entering the year, right? Not even close, as you can ague that we got more questions than answers. What are we supposed to make of Deshaun Watson’s struggles? Can Patrick Mahomes replicate his impressive Week 1 performance? What do we do with the surprises, like Ryan Fitzpatrick? Let’s try to sort through it all as we take a look at our Week 2 rankings:
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Cleveland
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Chicago
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Buffalo
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Arizona
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
- Tyrod Taylor – Cleveland Browns – at New Orleans
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Detroit
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at San Francisco
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Alex Smith – Washington Redskins – vs. Indianapolis
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Case Keenum – Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- With more time to get up to speed the Chicago Bears defense, and Khalil Mack, should continue to improve. That said they still allowed 341 yards and 3 TD to Aaron Rodgers (who missed a chunk of time with a knee injury) and company in Week 1. Russell Wilson looks to be without his top receiving threat, but he’s proven capable of producing regardless and should remain a Top 5 option (though one with a little bit of added risk).
- The Cleveland Browns had 3 INT against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, but the game wasn’t played in the best weather. The Saints and Drew Brees showed that they are still an offense that can put up gaudy numbers, especially at home, and they should once again be able to rack up the yardage and points.
- Staying in the same game, the Saints defense was a bit exposed in Week 1 by Ryan Fitzpatrick (417 yards and 4 TD). Tyrod Taylor didn’t post very good numbers in his Browns’ debut, at least through the air, throwing for 197 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. However he showed that he can always salvage his day with his legs, rushing for 77 yards and 1 TD. Given the matchup and the potential for a shootout, it’s easy to envision Taylor again posting low-end QB1 numbers.
- Talk about a breakout performance, Patrick Mahomes lit up the scoreboard for 256 yards and 4 TD. Obviously we wouldn’t expect quite those types of numbers each week, but does anyone expect the Steelers defense to be able to slow him, or the Chiefs’ dynamic offense, down?
- Philip Rivers posted a big day as the offense tried to keep pace with the Chiefs, going 34-51 for 424 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT. Obviously we wouldn’t expect the Chargers to throw the ball that many times each week, but a matchup with the Bills (who were torched by Joe Flacco in Week 1) offers another opportunity for some big numbers.
- The Indianapolis Colts are going to need to throw the football, a lot, but are they going to go for big plays? It seemed like Andrew Luck was focused on short, quick throws as he threw for 319 yards despite 53 attempts. Keep that in mind before pushing him significantly up the rankings, but opportunity is king in the NFL and it’s easy to imagine Luck taking advantage of his.
- It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Deshaun Watson’s stat line was pedestrian in his first game back, throwing for 176 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the Patriots. Things could get better against the Titans, but it also could take him a little more time to fully get up to speed. He has the potential to post a monster game at any moment, but consider him more of a QB2 for now.
- Marcus Mariota injured his elbow in Week 1 and while he appears likely to play he also won’t be at 100%. That’s going to drag him down the rankings and depending on the news he could easily fall even further down the rankings so proceed with extreme caution.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: