Week 2 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 1 is officially in the books and there were some impressive performances around the leagues.  Which quarterbacks made the biggest impression?  Who appears to be in position to thrive in Week 2?  Let’s take a look at our rankings for the coming week:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at New York Giants
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Washington
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. St. Louis
  5. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  7. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
  8. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Green Bay
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Buffalo
  10. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Denver
  12. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Diego
  13. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Kansas City
  14. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  16. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  17. Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
  18. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Atlanta
  19. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  21. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  22. Matt Schaub – Houston Tecans – vs. Tennessee
  23. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
  24. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  25. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Philadelphia


  • It was an impressive season debut for Colin Kaepernick, throwing for 412 yards and 3 TD.  Then again, that came in a shootout against the Packers and not against one of the elite defenses in the league.  In his lone start against the Seahawks in 2012 he threw for 244 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT (while rushing for 31 yards on seven carries).  He’s going to be a good option, but don’t push him too high after one week.
  • Matthew Stafford’s biggest issue in 2012 was throwing for touchdowns.  He put up big yards in Week 1 (357), while also throwing for 2 TD and an INT.  Considering his Week 2 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, allowed Sam Bradford to throw for 299 yards and 2 TD it’s hard not to push Stafford well up the rankings for the coming week.
  • Can the Jets stop Tom Brady?  Considering Brady needed 52 attempts to throw for 288 yards against the Bills, it’s not impossible.  Obviously there is still a learning curve as he continues to adapt to his new, young receivers.  While he falls outside the Top 5 this week, don’t be surprised if he performs like one of the best.
  • With the running game seemingly in shambles and a matchup that is going to necessitate the Giants throwing early and often (like in Week 1), Eli Manning has to look like an attractive option.  Consider him a low-end QB1 at this point.
  • Sure the Chiefs defense was impressive in Week 1, but they also faced the inept Jacksonville Jaguars.  Don’t expect them to have the same type of success against Tony Romo in Week 2.
  • In two starts against the 49ers in 2012 Russell Wilson threw for a total of 293 yards.  Sure, he had a 4 TD performance mixed in there but that has to be considered more of an aberration than anything.  He’s more of a QB2 due to the matchup.
  • Sam Bradford threw for 299 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT in Week 1 and is likely going to have to throw the ball early and often to keep up with Matt Ryan and the Falcons.  There’s a lot to like as a QB2.
  • Terrelle Pryor surprised with his performance both through the air (217 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) and on the ground (13 rushes for 112 yards). While we can’t expect him to maintain the latter, that type of potential is going to make him a viable option in two-quarterback formats.
  • While Robert Griffin III has a matchup that would indicate a strong performance, and his performance did pick up in the second half Monday night (finished 30-49 for 329 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT).  He’s still working his way back so we have to expect some pains along the way.  Consider him a viable option, though not a top level one quite yet.

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


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57 Responses to Week 2 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

  1. S says:

    Would you have any trepidation starting Luck given Miami’s pass rush? The lowly Raiders got him 4 times even though it’s supposed to be a more quick pass offense.

  2. LouGatsby says:

    Roto…I got burned by Cam Newton in week 1 against a tough Seattle Defense while stashing Vick who proceeded to go off in MNF. I don’t want to make the same mistake twice. In week 2, would you roll with Vick or Newton? (I see you have Newton ahead of Vick again in your rankings).

  3. S – I would have some, though it all depends on who your alternative is if you use him or not.

    LouGatsby – I do, partly because of the matchup. It’s a close call, but I still like Newton’s upside a bit more. The Eagles will likely run through LeSean McCoy, limiting Vick’s upside.

  4. Mike says:

    Eli or Colin who would you start this week

  5. Corey says:

    Wilson or Pryor to start this week?

    Flex: Jordan Cameron or Daryl Richardson?

  6. Corey says:

    Oops. Sorry. I forgot I was on the QB page. The flex opinion would still be much appreciated.

  7. l says:

    I’m thinking about being gutsy this week and starting T.Pryor over T.Romo. What do you think? …is it too gutsy?

  8. Corey – Consider it a coin flip honestly. I’d probably go Wilson, but both are risky options. As for the FLEX, I always prefer the RB but Richardson is far from a guarantee to produce given the return of Pead. I’d surprisingly lean towards Cameron

    I – For me it is, but I could see people getting behind it. Personally I wouldn’t do anything drastic over one game (and it’s hard to imagine Pryor replicating his 100+ yard rushing performance)

    • Corey says:

      Thanks for the advice. Since I’m already clogging this up with FLEX advice: Would you start Cameron or Steve Smith?

      My starting RBs, WRs, and TE are all solid.

  9. washington says:

    hello, i’m conflicted… i have both R. Wilson and Andy Dalton and not sure who to start.. my gut tells me Dalton… what do you think?

  10. Corey – I’d go Smith over Cameron

    washington – I am a big Dalton believer and also support going with your gut. I would lean Wilson myself, but I wouldn’t be against Dalton honestly. At the same time, while Wilson does have a tough matchup, you don’t want to overweight that this early in the season. The Steelers, but Dalton struggled against them last season (383 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT in two games)

  11. Kristen says:

    Start Wilson or Flacco this week?

  12. Ryan says:

    Brady or Kaepernick? I’m leery of Brady not having anyone to throw to! His main 2 target last week are out. Thank you!

  13. Ryan says:

    I am torn as I have Vick, Luck and Eli. My gut says to go with Vick. I hear reports that Eli might be counted on more in the game since the running is in shambles. Thoughts?

  14. Kristen – Flacco is tough to trust considering Cleveland does have an elite talent and the Ravens weapons on the outside are limited (at best). I would go with Wilson.

    Ryan – Honestly, it’s surprising but Brady/Kaepernick is actually a complete coin flip. Like you said, Brady’s options are extremely limited, but he’s still Tom Brady. That said, Kaepernick also has a tough matchup. I’d lean Brady, but go with your gut.

    Ryan – Honestly, you probably can’t go wrong with either of the three and I have them back-to-back-to-back. I would actually lean Luck, though, with Manning just behind.

  15. Jim says:

    Tom Brady or Dalton? I’m worried that Brady has no one to throw to. And he didn’t look amazing against the Bills.

  16. ako says:

    would you start M.Vick or C.Newmen

  17. Jim – I understand the concerns, but there’s no way you can sit Brady. It’s not like Dalton has an easy matchup and Brady and Co. Have a habit if figuring out ways to produce.

    ako – I’d go Newton, but it’s close.

  18. ch says:

    I have Russell wilson and nervous to start this week, I can pick up carson palmer, josh freeman, or alex smith should I play one of them for just one week?

  19. T brown says:

    Brady or luck??? I’m leaning towards luck.. Help!

  20. Yeezy says:

    Pryor or Wilson ??

    • It’s actually close, but I’d lean Wilson (I know others would go the other way). While Pryor has the better matchup, one week is not really enough of a book to depend on him yet.

  21. Joey says:

    Vick or Brady ?

    I understand its tough to bench Brady but with the current unproven rec. corp do you think he can pull something out of the proverbial hat ?

    Thank you in advance

    • I actually do and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is Kenbrell Thompkins who emerges with a big evening.

      My concern with Vick is that he already appears to be banged up and the offense is clearly going to run through McCoy, so it’s hard to consider him a lock to produce as well.

  22. Brandon says:

    Would you trade Cam for Romo and D Williams? Williams would be depth/ trade bait just wondering if ROS I’m losing too much by downgrading to Romo

  23. Brandon says:

    Instead of Romo do you like RG3 over Cam? RG3 due to injury was a 6th end pick so he also has keeper appeal if he produces and stays healthy

  24. Lorenzo caputo says:

    Cam newton or Colin K?!?

  25. Brandon – Yes, a healthy RG3 would be better. What are the keeper rules though?

    Lorenzo caputo – Flip a coin, but probably Kaepernick. Tough matchup, but more upside

    • Brandon says:

      Since RG3 was a 6th rounder this year then if I choose to take him as my keeper ill lose my 6th next year.

      • I like that a lot better than getting Romo, obviously, I still wouldn’t call it a must make trade, but a healthy RG3 coud easily outperform Newton on his own. The real question is if he will get back there in 2013 or not.

  26. James says:

    Stafford or RG3 in week 2?

  27. T brown says:

    I went with Brady….should have listened to my gut and started luck

  28. Devery says:

    Vick or Flacco for week 2?

  29. Craig says:

    Hi – I have Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor, and Andrew Luck. Which two should I start in Week 2 ?

  30. Dan says:

    Hi, i have russel wilson and terrelle pryor i dont know who to start considering wilson is against the 49ers with a great run defense but he also went off against them. Also, Pryor is playing the jags, and lets me real, its the jags.

    By the way i live in your town ur step son is in the grade under me

  31. Joshua says:

    I’m in a pickle, Carson Palmer put up 55 pts last week ( we have bonuses for 250,300, and 350 yards, 10,12,and 15). Should I start Palmer over Andrew Luck or RG3 knowing luck only had 178 yards and is going against a decent defense? Palmer will be airing it out all day against Detroit.

  32. Wish says:

    Andrew luck or rg3?

    Anquan boldin or Eric decker?

    Really stuck here Could use all the help I need thanks!

  33. Tito says:

    I’m in two pickles. My first is who to start at QB Stafford,Cutler or Bradford? My other is should i start M.Brown or Heyward-Bey at WR?

  34. Wish- I would say Luck is safer, but RG3 has a bit more upside so it depends on your thought process. If you want the guarantee, go Luck. If you want to gamble, go RG3 (who could get into a shootout).as for the WR, tough to trust Decker so I would say Boldin.

    Tito – Stafford & Brown for me

  35. Mike says:

    I have Romo and Pryor. Not sure who to start. I’m hearing the KC defense is pretty good, and any QB against JAX looks good. What do you think?

  36. RC says:

    Romo or Cutler?

  37. Jenni says:

    Vick or Kapernick?!

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