by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Week 1 has come and gone, so now fantasy owners are trying to put together the pieces and figure out who is for real, who can bounce back and who was nothing more than a mirage. Obviously we never want to overreact to one week, but it’s difficult sometimes. Let’s try to keep things in perspective and take a look at how our rankings look heading into Week 2:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Cleveland
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. New York Jets
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Philadelphia
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Cincinnati
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Chicago
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Minnesota
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Carolina
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Diego
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Atlanta
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Indianapolis
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at San Francisco
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
- Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Dallas
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburg Steelers – at Baltimore
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Tennessee
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Detroit
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Jacksonville
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Seattle
- Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. New Orleans
- Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Washington
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
- The New York Jets allowed 133 passing yards on Sunday, but they also yielded a pair of TD and failed to pick up an INT against a rookie quarterback. We all know the secondary is a major question mark and in Week 2 Aaron Rogers will have an opportunity to expose them as long as his offensive line can hold up. It’s that last thought that does give us a little pause, but it’s still hard not to love Rodgers given the matchup.
- We would expect the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense to be better, but they did allow Joe Flacco to put up 345 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against them in Week 1, though he needed 62 pass attempts to get there. However, after Matt Ryan torched the Saints for 448 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT, it’s going to be hard not to like him for the coming week.
- One week in and the concerns regarding Robert Griffin III appear to be justified, as he threw for 267 yards and 0 TD against the Texans, while also failing to attempt a rush. The matchup against Jacksonville would seem appealing, but we simply can’t push him too far up the rankings at this point. He needs to prove it.
- We expected a lot from Tony Romo, especially against a San Francisco defense that appeared limited given a slew of injuries and suspensions. However he clearly struggled to get onto the same page as his receivers, throwing 3 INT. Was it his back injury? Was it more that the team didn’t give him enough time in the preseason, trying to ensure his health? Whatever the reason, the concerns regarding Romo have suddenly grown significantly. The matchup against Tennessee isn’t going to scare us, but the performance does. Consider him just a borderline option, at best.
- It’s going to be a tough matchup for Matthew Stafford, who draws one of the elite defenses in the game. Just like we said with Aaron Rodgers a week ago, though, it’s impossible to slide him to your bench. You don’t sit your stars, it’s as simple as at, unless you have unbelievable depth.
- Cam Newton missed Week 1, with the idea being that he’d be healthy for Week 2. It’s a good concept, but we also have to wonder how much the rib injury will restrict him. Until we see him on the field we need to stay cautious with him.
- It doesn’t matter that Alex Smith faces Denver (whose defense could easily be much better than people expect). Simply put, it’s Alex Smith…
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: