Week 2 Rankings (2020): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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The jump from Week 1 to Week 2 is always difficult, as fantasy owners don’t want to make a knee jerk reaction to one performance (whether it’s good or bad). In 2020, with so much more unknown, things are even trickier because it’s the only data that we have. Who should we be trusting? Who should be falling down our rankings? Let’s take a look:

  1. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  2. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
  3. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  4. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
  5. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
  6. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New England
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Dallas
  9. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
  10. Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at Seattle
  11. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Las Vegas
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Denver
  13. Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  14. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Philadelphia
  15. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – Los Angeles Rams
  16. Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Minnesota
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  18. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at New York Jets
  19. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  20. Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  21. Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  22. Gardner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
  23. Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at Chicago
  24. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. New York Giants
  25. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Indianapolis

Thoughts:

  • Dak Prescott has a lot of weapons at his disposal and squares off with an Atlanta defense that allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks in Week 1 (Russell Wilson torched them for 322 yards and 4 TD). Prescott may not be a Top 5 option most weeks, but he has to be considered one given the matchup and upside he brings in Week 2.
  • The Miami Dolphins allowed Cam Newton to rush for 75 yards and 2 TD in Week 1, so what can Josh Allen do against them? Allen is coming off a strong opening week, throwing for 312 yards and 2 TD while adding 57 rushing yards and 1 TD on the ground. He threw for 5 TD vs. 0 INT in his two matchups with the Dolphins in 2019, while also rushing for 56 yards and 1 TD in their second meeting. In other words, it’s hard to say that he isn’t one of the best options for the coming week.
  • While the Patriots shutdown the Miami passing attack in Week 1 does anyone believe that they can silence Russell Wilson and company? Wilson got things off to a fast start (322 passing yards, 4 TD) and he should be able to expose the New England defense a bit.
  • Talk about turning back the clock… Aaron Rodgers looked like is old self in Week 1, throwing for 364 yards and 4 TD against the Vikings. This week he gets the Lions, who allowed Mitchell Trubisky to torch them for 3 TD and who he actually played well against in both of their matchups in 2019 (including 323 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT in the final game). We aren’t going to say that he’s back to being elite, but he is well worth using as a QB1 in Week 2.
  • This week it’s Philip Rivers who will get to try and dissect the Minnesota defense. He threw for 363 yards in Week 1, though he also had just 1 TD vs. 2 INT. Still, with a week of live action to get acclimated to a new offense and teammates it’s easy to anticipate better results moving forward. Consider him a strong QB2 for the coming week.
  • Deshaun Watson is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league, but he draws a Baltimore defense that’s going to be difficult to beat. He faced them last year and struggled (169 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) and could find the sledding difficult once again. It’s not to say that he can’t be trusted, but he also isn’t the normally high level QB1 this week. It all depends on your alternatives, but it’s hard not to utilize such a high pick this early in the season.
  • We all know that Tom Brady isn’t the same quarterback that he once was, and he proved to be ordinary in Week 1 (239 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) against the Panthers. He does have the weapons to put up big numbers, but he also can’t be trusted as a QB1. Until he starts to show it consistently, he’s more of a high-level QB2.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo is not Josh Allen, but would anyone be surprised to see him have a big day against a Jets defense that looked awful in Week 1? If you are in need of a streaming option, he’s a good name to look for.
  • While Gardner Minshew II threw for 3 TD in Week 1, he also only had 173 yards. Against the Titans, it’s impossible to view him as anything more than a desperation QB2.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



8 COMMENTS

  1. What’s up Professor? I need help. My RBS are Kamara, Sanders, Gibson and Darrel Williams. Would you cut either Gibson or Williams for Hines, Snell, Kelley? I could also drop J Reagor.
    Or make no move and cut Reagor for Campbell, Gage or Cory Davis? This is PPR. Thanks for your time

  2. Hi, Prof. Looks like Stafford will be without Golladay again this week. Should I start Minshew over him or stick with Stafford? Thanks.

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