Charch's Week 2 Quarterback Rankings

GB @ATLOpponent Rank: 8th

Rodgers struggled early last week against Seattle, posting the first shutout half for the Packers since 2004, but, when all was said and done, he had a typical Rodgers day - featuring a touchdown and 300+ yards. The key for Rodgers this week is going to be that the defense he sees from Atlanta is going to be very similar schematically to what he saw Week 1 vs. Seattle - Falcons head coach Dan Quinn came to Atlanta after serving as Seattle's defensive coordinator. Mike Glennon was pressured - he was sacked four times - but posted decent, albeit not great numbers (213 yards, one touchdown). Atlanta had the 28th ranked pass defense last season and, while their first outing of 2017 was solid, it wasn't dominant. The simple fact of the matter is that if you have Rodgers, you're playing him - regardless of opponent. There is a revenge factor here with the sting of last year's playoff loss, but Rodgers will get his - one way or another.

NE @NOOpponent Rank: 30th

It feels like a perfect storm for Tom Brady. He looked old on Thursday, and media are speculating if he's done. He's got a chip on his shoulder. He and Bill Belichick have had 10 days to put together a gameplan. The Saints are on a short week. The Saints' hapless secondary was thrashed by the Vikings last week, and they don't have Brady, Gronk and Brandin Cooks.

NE @NOOpponent Rank: 32nd

Drew Brees leads the NFL with 73 passes over 20 yards over the last 17 games. In that same span, the Patriots have allowed 56 passes over 20 yards. The over/under on this week's game is the highest in the NFL at 54. Based on how these two defenses played last week, That feels like a safe bet. Brees has ten 300 yard games over the last 17 weeks and is a lock for that against the Patriots at home after Alex Smith torched them for 368.

GB @ATLOpponent Rank: 6th

This is the meeting of the unstoppable force and the easily moveable rock. That could be said for both sides. Both teams allowed 31 touchdowns and over 4,400 yards last year. Ryan has averaged over 309 yards per game over the last 17 weeks.Although Green Bay held Russell Wilson at bay at home, they had allowed at least 299 yards in 6 consecutive games... including a 392 yard, 4 touchdown game to Ryan.

NYJ @OAKOpponent Rank: 27th

Carr certainly isn’t Tom Brady or whatever top quarterback you want to insert (yet), but that doesn’t mean he’s not the Brady equivalent when it comes to protecting his guys to the conniving media. Carr’s production was respectable on Sunday, but when asked about some missed opportunities, Carr took all the blame. Truth be told, Carr could have had better numbers in Week 1, but as has been the case too frequently he was hindered by a receiving corps that struggles to consistently catch the ball. Namely Cooper, who dropped two touchdowns in a span of three straight attempts from the goal line. Game script will be the only deterrent to a massive day from Carr, with a Vegas line of 14, after TyGod and his ragtag group of pass catchers torched the Jets for 224 passing yards and two touchdowns (it’s the Bills, that IS torching them).

CHI @TBOpponent Rank: 24th

Winston comes off his week 1 bye, it feels weird saying that considering the circumstances... to face a Bears team that was carved up by the Falcons last week by Matt Ryan. Winston has scored a touchdown in 31 of his 32 NFL games and the Bears have only shutout an opposing quarterback om the end zone six times in their last 33. Winston has more weapons this year in DeSean Jackson and OJ Howard. We have yet to see how the offense will run. The Bears don't pose much of a threat to slow Winston.

MIN @PITOpponent Rank: 16th

Of his last 10 home outings during the regular season, Roethlisberger has notched 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns nine times. That's the good news. On the down side, the Vikings (Steelers' Week 2 foe) ranked No. 4 in passing yards allowed last season, allowing a paltry 227 airborne yards per game. Big Ben's Sunday model should be Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who shredded the Vikings for 347 yards passing and four touchdowns back in December--the last time the Vikings played outdoors on grass.

MIA @LACOpponent Rank: 1st

Rivers rolled the Dolphins to the tune of 326 passing yards and three touchdowns in last season's matchup as he was one of six quarterbacks to toss multiple scores against Miami over the second half of the season. And after taking a very good Denver secondary for a hat trick in Week 1, there's every reason to believe he can match that output in the Bolts' LA opener.

SF @SEAOpponent Rank: 15th

Wilson had a rough week in Green Bay, he has had a few of those in recent years. This week he looks to get back on track against a 49ers team that managed to hold Cam Newton at bay with only 171 yards passing. The 49ers will be without Reuben Foster this week which may open things up in the middle a little bit for Prosise and Graham. Wilson has the highest completion percentage over the middle (93.1% - 27/29) since week 7 of last year. The good news is that Wilson is at home. He is also the number 1 fantasy quarterback at home since week 5 of last year.

TEN @JACOpponent Rank: 11th

The last time Mariota visited Jacksonville he left on a cart with a busted leg, so there may be additional motivation this time around. His three previous matchups with the Jags ranged from solid (231 passing yards and a rushing TD; 270 and two) to jaw-dropping (268 yards and three passing scores plus 112 and a touch on the ground), and he may catch the Jaguars underprepared. Jacksonville stymied Houston's Tom Savage/DeShaun Watson tandem in Week 1. Congratulations; in just his third NFL season, Mariota already has 21 more games of experience than that combo. Tennessee's offensive line is significantly better than Houston's as well, so don't expect Calais Campbell & Co. to be as disruptive this week. It adds up to a comfortable floor and room for upside for Mariota this week.

WAS @LAROpponent Rank: 5th

There are three apparent concerns for Week 2: a) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (two-year tallies: 4,542 yards passing/32 TDs) has averaged only 266 yards passing and one passing TD in his last three outings. b) Last weekend, Los Angeles's defense rumbled for one safety, two pick-sixes and four sacks against Indianapolis. c) The Rams' cornerback tandem of Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster held the Colts' T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief to four combined catches and zero touchdowns last week.

BUF @CAROpponent Rank: 13th

Buffalo is incredibly tough defense against quarterbacks. hey held ... oh... I see... Josh McCown and the Jets to 187 yards passing and no touchdowns. Cam Newton didn't have a much better week. The Jets, despite trying to intentionally tank, have a capable defense. Last year they only allowed two 300 yard games and Newton has not thrown for over 300 yards in his last 11 games (one was exactly 300). This matchup isn't great, and Cam seems to have fallen off.

DET @NYGOpponent Rank: 14th

Eli Manning's impression of '2016 Sam Bradford' might have been spot-on for Week 1, completing 76 percent of his passes against the Cowboys, without Odell Beckham Jr. However, it didn't result in any touchdowns. In fact, when charting his last three games (including the playoffs), Manning has accounted for just one scoring pass. For Week 2, Manning draws a Lions defense which surrendered only 314 yards of total offense last weekend--almost the identical tally for New York in its 17-6 win over Detroit last December.

DET @NYGOpponent Rank: 18th

After a rocky start, Matthew Stafford played up to his newly minted contract (if that's even possible) tossing four touchdowns and falling just eight yards short of receiving the two point Fanball bonus for hitting 300 yards passing. With Stafford coming in at a middling price this week, there will no doubt be some temptation to ride the hot hand in week 2, but savvy players will look elsewhere. Though Stafford has not been as bad on the road as advertised (he averaged 17.7 Fanball points on the road last season) he did struggle badly in the Meadowlands last season. In Detroit's week 15 matchup with the Giants in 2016, Stafford threw for 273 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. New York is coming off of a tough week one loss to a division rival and its fearsome defensive front should be capable of putting Stafford under duress.

ARI @INDOpponent Rank: 20th

This week Carson Palmer plays a Colts team that just let Jared Goff rip them up for over 300 yards. It will be a nice palette cleanser for Palmer coming off a three interception game. It's a plus matchup, but one has to wonder if Palmer might be done. He lost his top receiving threat, David Johnson. That allowed the Cardinals to sustain drives in so many ways. He has nine interceptions in the last 9 games and only two 300 yard games.

MIA @LACOpponent Rank: 28th

From a football-only standpoint, Cutler might have been OK with the Bucs-Dolphins postponement to Week 11. It essentially gave him another full week to work with old friend/head coach Adam Gase, the Bears' offensive coordinator two years ago, and soak up every nuance of the Miami playbook. Plus, there are some striking similarities between the Buccaneers and Chargers (this week's foe). In 2016, both clubs finished with nearly identical tallies in the crucial categories of sacks, fumble recoveries, interceptions, defensive touchdowns and passing yards allowed.

CLE @BALOpponent Rank: 19th

Fantasy confidence could be at an all-time low with Flacco, in the wake of last weeks nine-completion snoozefest against the Bengals. But let's have some perspective here: a) Of his last four outings against the Browns (this week's foe), Flacco accounted for 300 yards and/or multiple touchdowns each time. b) With averages of 3,879 yards passing/24 TDs since 2011, Flacco tallied 30 or more completions in four of his final five games last year. c) Cleveland's secondary couldn't force one incompletion from Antonio Brown's 11 targets last Sunday. And yes, we're aware there are no Antonio Brown clones on Baltimore's roster.

PHI @KCOpponent Rank: 10th

Wentz posted his best-ever fantasy road start last week, tallying 300 yards passing AND multiple touchdowns for the first time away from The Linc. He'll need to lean on that success for Week 2, with Philly taking on a Kansas City defense/special teams which ranked first with fumble recoveries, interceptions, defensive touchdowns and kick-return TDs last year. The expectations shall remain modest, though: In his 17-game career, Wentz has passed for 300 yards in consecutive outings just once.

TEN @JACOpponent Rank: 21st

The loss of WR Allen Robinson won't do Bortles any favors, but if the Jags want to win, they will rely as much on their running game as they can and limit Bortles's opportunities to make mistakes and commit turnovers. Bortles has a strong history against the Titans, exceeding 300 yards in three of the last four meetings, but Tennessee's new secondary ranks highly in Fanball's rankings this week, making Bortles an unwise choice, even at his relatively attractive price point.

PHI @KCOpponent Rank: 17th

We should have seen it coming. Last year Smith’s best fantasy effort by far was his Week 1 outburst; in fact, that was his only other foray beyond the 300-yard mark in his past 30 games including playoffs. Now, back to reality. And in 16 meetings with the NFC since switching leagues back in 2013, Smith has failed to reach 300 passing yards. Now that we’ve firmly established his showing against New England as an aberration, let’s re-set the bar at more typical Smith levels this week against Philly. The Eagles held a pass-happy Kirk Cousins to 240 and a TD last week, slightly better than the 249 and two he averaged against them last year. Philadelphia surrendered multiple passing scores in six of eight on the road last year, leaving this to shape up as your far more typical 240 and two Smith stat line. 

DAL @DENOpponent Rank: 23rd

The Cowboys face a tough task in Week 2, traveling to Denver to take on a fearsome Broncos defense. In the opener, Janoris Jenkins was able to handle Dez Bryant and the Broncos tandem of Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib are equally capable. This could set Prescott up for another efficient, but unimpressive game passing as Dallas tries to rely on their running game and safe, underneath throws. Prescott is always a threat with his legs but is only a middle-of-the-pack option in a tough road contest.

WAS @LAROpponent Rank: 29th

The new Sean McVay offense is here! Jared Goff threw for 306 yards in week 1 against the Colts and let's not talk about last year. That was a Jeff Fisher offense. When talking about his opponent, we can talk about last year. Washington allowed NINE quarterbacks to amass 300 yards passing over the last 17 games. That includes Carson Wentz last week who only completed 17 passes to do it. Goff could easily threaten for a 2nd straight 300 yard game to start the 2017 season.

HOU @CINOpponent Rank: 8th

It's difficult to provide concrete insight on how Dalton will bounce back from last week's home debacle (170 yards, 52-percent passing, zero points generated), citing one simple reason: Heading into this season, Dalton had never posted a single outing of zero touchdowns and four interceptions. Which brings us to this: We foresaw big-time numbers for Dalton against the Ravens ... but not so much for Week 2 against the Texans. Maybe, just maybe, the fantasy situations will be reversed, even though Dalton has never passed for 300 yards or multiple touchdowns against Houston (six career tries).

BUF @CAROpponent Rank: 4th

Taylor had a solid debut against the Jets with 224 passing yards and two touchdowns to go with one interception and eight rushing yards. That said, he's lacking offensive weapons and faces a tough road matchup against a Panthers defense that only allowed 166 passing yards to the 49ers last week. While the 49ers offense isn't exactly the Patriots offense, Taylor is likely best left off fantasy rosters for Week 2.

SF @SEAOpponent Rank: 25th

Brian Hoyer goes up to Seattle to face a team that kept Aaron Rodgers to 17 points at home. Brian Hoyer is not Aaron Rodgers. Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers are the only three quarterbacks to hit 300 on Seattle since the start of last season. Only four quarterbacks have had multiple touchdowns in that stretch. Tough sledding for Hoyer who was great for the Bears last year, but not so much last week (193/0 on 35 attempts).