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Week 2 Rankings

Friday, September 17, 2010


The first boos of the NFL season happened at Ralph Wilson Stadium with 5:22 left in the first quarter. Trent Edwards threw a two-yard pass to Lee Evans on third-and-12. An offseason of cautious optimism had already given way to misery.

Over at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the home crowd waited until halftime to shower their Giants with boos. Everything about the Giants was just like last year … until it was awesome in the second half. The pass rush is back! Hakeem Nicks is like Randy Moss with less entertaining post-game clothes! Maybe Big Blue can win the NFC East after all!

There isn't a week on the NFL calendar with more overreaction, faulty assumptions, and poor fantasy football decisions made than this one. It's easy to talk about patience and harder to practice it. Great players will be dropped for Nate Washington. Michael Crabtree will be benched for Mike Thomas. It will all look silly on Monday. Then we'll do it again.

This is a week to stay active on the waiver wire – there aren't better players available than right now. Good undrafted talent and drafted players people give up on too quickly. It's also a week to try to sift through what was a one-week fluke, and what we can actually learn from Week 1. Let's try below.

Week 2 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Drew Breesat SF -
2Aaron Rodgersvs. BUF -
3Peyton Manningvs. NYG -
4Philip Riversvs. JAC -
5Matt Schaubat WAS -
6Tom Bradyat NYJ -
7Tony Romovs. CHI -
8Michael Vickat DET -
9Jay Cutlerat DAL -
10Joe Flaccoat CIN -
11Matt Ryanvs. ARZ -
12Brett Favrevs. MIA Probable(ankle)
13Donovan McNabbvs. HOU Probable(ankle)
14Kyle Ortonvs. SEA -
15Eli Manningat IND -
16David Garrardat SD -
17Carson Palmervs. BAL -
18Matt Casselat CLE -
19Chad Henneat MIN -
20Matt Hasselbeckat DEN -
21Vince Youngvs. PIT -
22Sam Bradfordat OAK -
23Jason Campbellvs. STL -
24Derek Andersonat ATL -
25Alex Smithvs. NO -
26Josh Freemanat CAR -
27Seneca Wallacevs. KC -
28Mark Sanchezvs. NE -
29Dennis Dixonat TEN -
30Shaun Hillvs. PHI -
31Trent Edwardsat GB -
32Matt Moorevs. TB Questionable(concussion)
33Kevin Kolbat DET Sidelined(concussion)
34Jake Delhommevs. KC Questionable(ankle)
35Jimmy Clausenvs. TB -
36Tim Tebowvs. SEA -
37Max Hallat ATL -
38Charlie Batchat TEN -

QB Notes: For those of you that are new to the column, I generally only write notes on players I watched on tape during that week. So it can be a little random who gets featured but I try to see every team every other week or so.

There are folks nationally saying Michael Vick will be the Eagles starter the rest of the year. Some say he has no chance to take Kevin Kolb's job once Kolb is healthy. The truth, as always, is probably in the middle. Vick will be tough to bench if he plays like he did in Week 1. That's a huge if. Vick's running wasn't a shock because I saw it in the preseason. But he was on fire throwing the football, making a handful of stick throws into tight windows. He's a streaky quarterback and could struggle passing like he did in the preseason again. Then he'll go back to the bench. For now, he's a top-ten play against Detroit and I'd guess he'll get at least a handful of starts this year one way or another. … The injury to Ryan Grant can only help Aaron Rodgers this season. They are going to skew pass even more with Brandon Jackson as the lead back.

Chad Henne has the same problem he did last year. No vertical receivers despite terrific protection last week. Brian Hartline had a drop and a mental error against Buffalo. Henne is only worth owning as a QB2 with a great starter … there are better matchup options out there. … The Bengals' slow start to last week was overstated. There were plays to be made early in the game, and Carson Palmer just barely missed him. Palmer's strong preseason carried over. This is a balanced offense again. It's also a team that won't play with the lead as much as last year, and they look capable of making comebacks again.

Matt Ryan needs a big game for his confidence and the confidence of his fantasy owners. He's struggled since the preseason. Arizona is a neutral matchup. They have playmakers, but it will be a very bad sign if Ryan can't put up decent borderline QB1 stats this week. … I was optimistic about Mark Sanchez all offseason. That optimism has mostly washed away. He's not worth owning. … The Patriots offense is a lot more dangerous than it was last year because of Brandon Tate and the two rookie tight ends. Tom Brady should be very consistent. The Jets have always given him trouble, so this will be a fun check to see if Brady can be the top-scoring fantasy quarterback for the season. He's got a cold schedule late.

Eli Manning's strong 2009 carried over last week. This isn't an easy matchup, but this also isn't the old Eli Manning. He's more consistent and the receivers are better. … Matt Moore is known for his decision making so the awful mental mistakes he made last week are a big concern.


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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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