Week 2 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Week 1 is mostly in the books, so let’s not hesitate in turning our attention to Week 2.  There are a lot of questions surrounding quarterbacks, with names like Matthew Stafford and Kevin Kolb suffering injuries and others, like Matt Shaub and Brett Favre, struggling.

Let’s take a look at how things currently stand for the upcoming week (we will be updating these later in the week):

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Buffalo
  2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Giants
  3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco
  5. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Washington
  6. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  7. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  8. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Indianapolis
  11. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Miami
  12. Kevin Kolb – Philadelphia Eagles – at Detroit
  13. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  14. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Dallas
  15. Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – vs. Houston
  16. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. Seattle
  17. Jason Campbell – Oakland Raiders – vs. St. Louis
  18. Derek Anderson – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  19. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. New England
  20. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New Orleans
  21. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Cleveland
  22. Jake Delhomme – Cleveland Browns – vs. Kansas City
  23. Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh
  24. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  25. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – at Minnesota


  • The Giants may try to grind the game out, limiting the touches for Peyton Manning, but will they be successful?  Probably not.  However, the Giants have the weapons to allow Eli Manning to throw the ball around the field, trying to match his brother pass for pass.  If that happens, Eli becomes a great option for Week 2.  He looked good in Week 1, throwing for 3 TDs.  I know it’s easy to point to the three interceptions, but most of them were on tipped balls.
  • I know the Raiders have a weaker opponent, but does anyone trust their receivers?  That’s the biggest detriment for Jason Campbell and will likely plague him all year long.  He showed that he can use Zach Miller and Darren McFadden, but it’s going to be difficult to generate significant yardage that way.
  • The Giants secondary certainly looked improved, with three interceptions of Matt Moore (the Jimmy Claussen era could be coming sooner then we think).  Still, Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning.  Of course he’s not going to throw the ball 57 times out often, but his 433 yard, 3 TD performance in Week 1 is impressive nonetheless.
  • Kyle Orton threw for 295 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  You have to like the chances of Philip Rivers putting up a strong game, wide receiver questions or not.
  • Matthew Stafford’s shoulder injury is concerning, to say the least.  At this point, he’s going to be left off these rankings with the early word being that he’ll miss at least a few weeks, if not more.
  • The Jets defense is going to downgrade any quarterback, even if it is Tom Brady.  That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t use him this week, however.
  • I still have concerns over Kevin Kolb, with his performance against the Packers not doing anything to help that.  Still, he gets the Detroit Lions in Week 2, who allowed Jay Cutler to throw for 372 yards in the opening week.  A lot of that went to Matt Forte, so look for the Eagles to work their screens to LeSean McCoy, helping Kolb produce a big day.  Of course, this ranking is assuming that Kolb can return to the field after missing the second half with a concussion (early word is that if he is healthy, he will start despite Michael Vick’s performance).  His ranking is certainly subject to change.
  • I know Carson Palmer exploited the Patriots secondary, but taking on the Ravens is a much bigger test.  I’d keep him as a QB2 for this week.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 2 Rankings:

Week 2 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 1 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)


  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    How can you think that the Giants will not pound the ball down Indy’s throat??? Look at what Arian Foster did. Indy has notoriously had a porous run defense, and the Giants have two stud backs that will be able to run all day against this team.

    Now if you made the point that Bob Sanders may be out for the season, and THIS is why the Giants would pass more, then I might accept that as valid. But I can’t really see the Giants abandoning a hard-nosed running offense against Indy.


  2. admin says:

    Maybe it’s just their MO these days, but they have become a more pass oriented attack. I also think that while the Texans were able to keep Colts offense off the board, for the most part, I’m not sold on the Giants secondary yet. Plus, will their linebacker corps be able to shutdown Dallas Clark?

    Three interceptions are nice, but Peyton Manning is no Matt Moore.

    I also have to believe that the Colts are going to make adjustments. They are just too good of a team not to try and fix what everyone is clearly going to try and exploit.

    If the Giants go down early, they are going to be forced to take to the air to try and keep up. I certainly wouldn’t consider Eli Manning a must start, but I certainly see him as usable this week.

  3. Colts are playing at home, which makes them a much tougher team to contain. The Giants may intend to control the clock with Bradshaw and Jacobs, but Manning and the Colts’ offense may force them to change their plans.

  4. Hey,

    I have Flacco & Brady as my top 2 Qb’s. I tossed up who to play based on how others have ranked them this week. Like your ranking , others have them listed back to back. Who would you start this week?

    Philly Phanatic , Mr. Sports Keeper League M.L.1O

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  5. admin says:

    Philly Phanatic, even against the Jets I have to go Brady. Flacco’s performance in Week 1 showed us just how a QB can pick apart the defense if they worked away from Revis. With Moss and Welker, one of them will always be covered by someone else. Plus, Brady is looking like his former self, meaning a good day easily could be in store.

  6. Thank you 4 your input. I would have to agree with you that Brady looks back to form, he took me to the championship then left me scrambling for a qb, till i landed Flacco in a trade. So till Cassel fired up & i got Joe, i was already too far behind in my division to catch up. I enjpy the Rotoproffesor & i appreciate the time you took to answer my question.

    Thank You,
    Rick,,,,,,,GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. admin says:

    Philly, any time. I’m always happy to help.

  8. luchino says:

    um…how is Michael Vick not even ranked? He easily becomes a top ten QB with his tasty matchup against the Detroit Lions. Kevin Kolb does not belong on the list, and certainly not at #12, even if healthy. He had 2 good games last year…thats not enough of a sample size to consider him a top 12 QB. Aaron Rodgers did little against Philly, and Buffalo still has a good secondary. The Giants also have a GREAT pass rush, and Indy has questions on their offensive line. I dont think the Elder Manning will top 250 yds. He does not deserve #1. You are ranking based on LAST year’s defenses.

    Flacco and Matt Ryan in the top ten…HUH? What games were you watching week one? Cutler, McNabb, Orton – 14, 15, and 16?
    HUH? Look at the stats, and the matchups. Houston will give up a lot of passing yds (over 400 to Manning). Alex Smith made Seattle’s secondary look good…Orton will continue to produce.

    Furthermore…what has Mark Sanchez done to garner him a spot at 19 over Cassel, Vince Young, Chad Henne…or even Matt Leinart. He was the worst QB week 1 and the Jets are obv a running team.

    And how does David Garrard and his 3td’s from week 1 not get on the list facing a porous SD defense? Garrard belongs in the top 15, not off the list entirely.

    wow…anyone following this advice…I wish you were in my fantasy league.

    starting flacco over brady? That’s not even a legitimate question. You start Brady…period.
    Baltimore has one of the best rushing attacks in the league….they will try to get that going early and often. If they get out to a lead…they won’t throw much.

    If the Patriots and Belichik get out to a lead…they just step on the gas. They don’t stop throwing. They want to beat the Jets 56-3…and they don’t care what anyone thinks. Play Flacco at your own peril.

  9. admin says:

    First of all, rankings were done prior to the extent of Kolb’s injury was known. Obviously, that changes things dramatically.

    Second, one game should not completely alter your thought process on a player. In regards to Flacco, he out performed the expectations in 2009 against a tough Jets defense, so it’s tough not to like him moving forward.

    Cutler faces a tougher defense, let’s see him perform again. McNabb doesn’t have a great WR corps. Orton is a wild card.

    As for Garrard, Jacksonville is a run first offense with a bad receiving corps, that’s the bottom line. Does anyone really expect him to repeat a 3 TD performance (two of which went to his TE). For good measure, you can throw in his disturbing home/road splits from 2009. There is no way he can be considered a Top 15 QB unless things change dramatically.

  10. Mike says:

    According to PHI injury report, Kolb is officially out…

    I’m thinking about starting Vick over Brady this week.

  11. KC says:

    Quick question; I’ve got Donovan McNabb AND Matt Schaub on my fantasy team. The Redskins defense plays okay against the pass, and Arian Foster is in the picture now. Donovan McNabb and the Washington’s offense are still rusty and getting into a rhythm, and they could turn to Portis to run as well.

    I have no idea which one of them to start this week. Any advice?

  12. admin says:

    Mike, I certainly wouldn’t sit Brady. While I agree that Vick looks like a starter (and will be in our updated rankings coming out tomorrow), Brady is just too good to bench. Revis or not, he can’t cover everyone. Brady should be just fine on Sunday.

    KC, I would go Schaub in that type of situation. When you have Andre Johnson to throw the ball to, the upside is always there to have a big day.

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