Week 2 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Week 1 was filled with some impressive passing performances.  Four quarterbacks threw for over 400 yards and 14 threw for over 300.  With so many impressive outings, how do our Week 2 rankings look?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Carolina
  2. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Chicago
  4. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at New England
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. San Diego
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Kansas City
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
  8. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Minnesota
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
  10. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Miami
  11. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Tennessee
  12. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
  13. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at New York Giants
  14. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – at Washington
  15. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. Cincinnati
  16. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Oakland
  17. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. St. Louis
  18. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. Jacksonville
  19. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New Orleans
  20. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – vs. Arizona
  21. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Green Bay
  22. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – vs. Houston
  23. Kerry Collins – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  24. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Detroit
  25. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis


  • Rex Grossman had a huge Week 1, scorching the Giants for 305 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  As if that weren’t enough, in Week 2 he gets to face a Cardinals secondary that allowed Cam Newton to throw for 422 yards and 2 TD.  Is he going to be a tremendous option?  No, but as a QB2 he’s starting to look a lot better.
  • Speaking of Newton, did anyone really see that performance coming?  After all the talk of him being more of a runner and unable to make a big play with his arm, he exploded onto the NFL scene.  Can we expect him to be able to replicate this type of performance?  Absolutely not, though he has entrenched himself as a viable QB2 at this point.  Before you look at him facing Green Bay and get excited (since they were torched in Week 1), keep in mind he is no Drew Brees.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t get burned for a ton of yards in Week 1, but they gave up 4 passing TD to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills.  Considering that Matthew Stafford has more weapons at his disposal (most notably Calvin Johnson) and already showed that he’s for real (305 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT in Week 1), you have to love the matchup.  He looks like a solid play in all formats for the coming week.
  • The Eagles’ trio of corner backs appeared to do the job in Week 1, holding Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams to under 200 passing yards.  This week they draw Matt Ryan and the Falcons.  While I wouldn’t drop Ryan too far down your board, he also isn’t a top option either.
  • Wasn’t the Steelers defense supposed to be tough?  Joe Flacco burned them for 224 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT.  You have to like his potential at this point, no matter who he’s facing.  He’s not going to be a top option, but a low-end QB1 for sure.
  • The San Diego Chargers passing defense looked dominant in Week 1.  Of course, they also got to face Donovan McNabb.  This week will be a different story, as they get Tom Brady and his 517 yard Week 1 performance.  Who do you think is going to win that matchup?
  • While the Jets opened the offense up in Week 1, does anyone truly believe that they are going to continue at such a pace?  They need to get Shonn Greene and the running game going, so I wouldn’t expect Sanchez to be able to replicate such gaudy numbers (335 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT).  That’s why his value is suppressed a bit on the rankings, though he did open some eyes.
  • Kerry Collins has too many weapons at his disposal not to consider him as a QB2, doesn’t he?  Things should definitely get better, so those in deeper formats shouldn’t completely write him off.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessors Week 2 information:

Week 2 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 1 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses


  1. Frank says:

    Hallo Proff,

    Frank from the Nederlands,

    I need help,you helpt me last year to winn it all
    standart leage


    I play ( looking for matchups)

    Grossman,Hillis,Gore,Tate(if he plays)White,Wallace,Moss,Gates,Cundiff,Redskins

  2. Tim says:

    Hey would you start Cam Newtone vs. Green Bay or Colt McCoy against Indy? QB2

    • While he’s a risk, I do like Newton a bit more because of the chance of the game breaking into a shooutout. Just don’t expect him to match his Week 1 numbers (or come close to them).

  3. jaime says:

    should i start aaron hernandez or rob gronkowski and should i start schuab, grossman,cassel, or hasselback and also shjould i trade ryan grant and barber for woodhead

  4. Wyatt says:

    Schaub Or Roethlisberger?

  5. jaime – the Pats TE are a coin flip. I’d probably start Gronkowski, though. As for the QB, it’s Schaub all the way for me.

    Wyatt – It’s a coin flip, really, but I have a feeling the Steelers are going to go out with something to prove after being embarrassed in Week 1. That said, I’d probably roll Big Ben.

  6. Stacey says:

    For QB1, I have Vick. My options for QB2 are Sanchez or Matt Ryan. Who to use for QB2? Was Sanchez’s performance last week a fluke? I had him last year and some weeks he achieved 0 fantasy points! Thanks!

    • It’s a tougher matchup, but I still think I’d go Ryan. I am not a Sanchez believer, plus I believe they will bring a much more run oriented offense to the table. While they threw the ball all over the place in Week 1, that’s not really indicative of the type of team that they are.

  7. heath says:

    which qb to start next week

    Matt Ryan or

    Matt Schuabb


  8. Sam says:

    Hey Professor,
    first year in a league and was hopin for some help in my line up.

    league set up is-

    my line up is:
    QB- Rodgers, Orton, Cassel, Collins
    RB-Moreno, De Williams, McGahee, Green-Ellis
    WR- Jennings, Bowe, Hester, Britt, Austin
    TE- A. Hernandez, F. Davis, C. Cooley, V. Davis
    K- Crosby, Vinatieri
    Def- no choice with giants, cardinals are sitting on waiver till Sunday morning.

    thank you for any advice, friend told me to turn to you for help.


    • Hey Sam, welcome to the fun! I’m always here for help, so feel free! Now, on to how I’d set your lineup:

      QBx2 – Rodgers, Orton
      RBx2 – Williams, Green-Ellis
      WRx3 – Jennings, Austin, Britt
      TE – V. Davis
      W/R – McGahee
      W/T – Bowe
      Q/R/W/T – F. Davis
      R/W/T – A. Hernandez
      K – Crosby
      Def – Giants

      Basically, I have too many concerns about Cassel/Collins to start them this week (though I could see using one over Fred Davis, who also is not a lock). If Moreno is going to play, he’d be in over McGahee, but that doesn’t look likely at this point.

  9. Ryan says:

    Mr. Professor,

    I’m thinking of starting Fitzpatrick over Bradford this week. Brady is my #1 QB, but I must start 2. Bradford’s injury and a pumped up NYG squad on MNF scare me. What do you think? Thanks a bunch.

  10. Cristobal says:

    Hey Professor,

    I am trying to decide on both my RB & WR situation this week.
    I start 2 RBs & 2 WRs.

    RB: Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall, Cadillac Williams, LeGarrette Blount

    WR: Kenny Britt, Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker, Mike Williams

    • Cristobal says:

      I was leaning towards starting Welker over Britt (and starting Marshall this week). San Diego always has a good pass defense, but it could end up being a shootout, and Welker is an obvious target for Brady. Britt has a slightly better match-up versus Baltimore, but the weather has potential to be bad in Tennessee (a reason I am considering starting CJ, as he would get more carries in the rain). Thoughts?

  11. Ryan – The injury to Bradford is enough of a reason to go with Fitzpatrick for sure. I actually like Fitzpatrick and, with Bradford questionable, there’s no reason to take the risk that he doesn’t play. 100% go with Fitzpatrick.

    Cristabol – Here’s how I’d go:
    RB – Johnson & Mendenhall
    WR – Williams & Welker is how I’d go, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the options you have. Go with your gut, but they all should produce.

  12. Matt says:

    Who would you start, Matt Ryan or Kevin Kolb? I do have Larry Fitzgerald.

  13. Jake says:

    Devone Bess, Burleson, Dez Bryant and Lee Evans, which two do you like?

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