Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback Rankings For Week 2 Of 2016 NFL Season

Week 2 of the 2016 Fantasy Football Season has already commenced with the New York Jets’ 37-31 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. Assuming the majority of you didn’t start Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tyrod Taylor in on Thursday night, then you may be looking for help with your starting quarterback for your fantasy football lineups. Well, you’re in luck.

I’ve ranked the remaining 30 quarterbacks for Week 2 based upon their skill-level and matchup. If you are trying to decided between two quarterbacks, figure out which one is higher on the list and start that player.

1. Cam Newton vs. San Francisco 49ers

2. Drew Brees @ New York Giants

3. Eli Manning vs. New Orleans Saints

4. Carson Palmer vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5. Matthew Stafford vs. Tennessee Titans

6. Aaron Rodgers @ Minnesota Vikings

7. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati Bengals

8. Russell Wilson @ Los Angeles Rams

9. Derek Carr vs. Atlanta Falcons

10. Blake Bortles @ San Diego Chargers

11. Kirk Cousins vs. Dallas Cowboys

12. Joe Flacco @ Cleveland Browns

13. Andrew Luck @ Denver Broncos

14. Matt Ryan @ Oakland Raiders

15. Andy Dalton @ Pittsburgh Steelers

16. Philip Rivers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

17. Brock Osweiler vs. Kansas City Chiefs

18. Dak Prescott @ Washington Redskins

19. Jameis Winston @ Arizona Cardinals

20. Marcus Mariota @ Detroit Lions

21. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Miami Dolphins

22. Ryan Tannehill @ New England Patriots

23. Josh McCown vs. Baltimore Ravens

24. Jay Cutler vs. Philadelphia Eagles

25. Trevor Siemian vs. Indianapolis Colts

26. Alex Smith @ Houston Texans

27. Carson Wentz @ Chicago Bears


28. Sam Bradford vs. Green Bay Packers

29. Blaine Gabbert @ Carolina Panthers

30. Case Keenum vs. Seattle Seahawks

Cam Newton has to be the No. 1 overall play in Week 2 as the Panthers take on the 49ers in Charlotte. Despite only completing 18-0f-33 passes for 194 yards in Week 1 against the Broncos, Newton still finished with 20 fantasy points in standard fantasy football leagues because of his rushing numbers. Cam ran 11 times for 54 yards and scored a touchdown and should have a massive game in Week 2.

Eli Manning has an amazing matchup against the defensively-inept New Orleans Saints who allowed Derek Carr to throw for 319 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. While Manning was held to 207 passing yards in Week 1 by the Dallas Cowboys, he still threw for three touchdowns and should light up the putrid Saints’ defense.

I also love Carson Palmer at home against Tampa Bay. The Cardinals had a disappointing home loss to the New England Patriots during Week 1, but Palmer still threw for 271 yards two touchdowns against a pretty good defense. Arizona will likely come out with a sense of urgency against the Buccaneers and Palmer should have a great day.

If you drafted Aaron Rodgers, you’re likely not in a position to sit him. That being said, I would temper expectations this week as the Vikings possess one of the best defenses in the NFL. Rodgers also only threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars in Week 1 as his top receiver, Jordy Nelson, battled heavy legs in his first game since tearing his ACL.

If you’re looking to stream a quarterback for Week 2, the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco should be a solid option. The Browns allowed rookie Carson Wentz to throw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 en route to a 29-10 victory by the Eagles. Flacco has a solid trio of receivers with Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace and should find pretty easy sledding on Sunday.

If you’re in a two-quarterback league, Trevor Siemian is a solid start in Week 2. The Colts’ defense allowed Matthew Stafford to complete 79 percent of his passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. While Siemian likely won’t quite end up with those numbers, he does have an opportunity to provide great value in Week 2.

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