Charch's Week 2 Quarterback Rankings

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CLE @NO

A leaky defense coming into the Superdome give this game all the makings of a classic Drew Brees MVP-esque stat line. The Browns secondary creates ideal matchups for Brees' top targets, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. As the Browns ranked 29th in DVOA against No. 1 receivers, and 30th against running backs. Cleveland let everyone from Brett Hundley to Andy Dalton shred them last season, which led them to rank twenty-seventh in both touchdowns and fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Against bottom-seven pass defenses last season, Brees averaged 324 yards per game. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10

Le'Veon Bell is still out, but there is nothing that points to anything but massive success for Ben Roethlisberger in this one. Kansas City was putrid against opposing quarterbacks last season, ranking 29th in yardage allowed, and 24th in fantasy points surrendered. With their best cornerback Marcus Peters gone, The Chiefs may finish even worse in 2018 as evidenced by Philip Rivers' crazy 424 yards and threetouchdowns last week. On the road, Roethlisberger is oftentimes a shaky start, but in Heinz field, he's an unstoppable force. In his nine 2017 home games, including a playoff loss to Jacksonville, Roethlisberger averaged a remarkable 298 yards and 2.3 touchdowns. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 10.0/10

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LAC @BUF

Because Buffalo is one of the worst run defenses in the league, sometimes their secondary doesn't get tested much. As a result, last year, Buffalo's 14 total passing touchdowns allowed finished only behind Minnesota. But don't be fooled.The Bills secondary hasn't been the same since cornerback Ronald Darby left, and Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns in an easy win last week. Rivers faced the Bills one time last season and cruised to an easy 250 yards and two touchdowns, as the Chargers hung 54 points on the board. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 9.75/10

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IND @WAS

After a fantastic showing in the season opener, Alex Smith has another opportunity to shine in his first home game as a Redskin, playing Indianapolis, a team that finished 27th in passing yards and 22nd in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks last season.Last week, Andy Dalton beat the Colts, in part due to Joe Mixon's receiving skills. This week, Smith can dominate with the help of receiving back Chris Thompson, who looked terrific last week. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 9.5/10

Patrick Mahomes looked awfully good in the opener, despite a tough matchup. The Steelers will present another stiff test for the young quarterback. He faces a Pittsburgh defense that finished fifth in passing yards, and eighth in touchdowns allowed in 2017.The game will take place in Heinz Field, but this isn't necessarily a disadvantage for Mahomes. In their last five games at home, the Steelers have been shredded by opposing quarterbacks, allowing 286 yards and two total touchdowns per game. Tyrod Taylor tore up Pittsburgh on the ground, but don't expect Mahomes to gather up many points using his mobility. The Steelers finished sixth in rush yards, and in the top half of rushing touchdowns surrendered to quarterbacks a year ago. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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MIN @GB

If this game is going to become a matchup of quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins may just be able to hold his own. He's been dominant against Green Bay, and even with their infusion of talent via the draft, their secondary is still a work in progress. While he was with the Redskins, the Packers faced Cousins twice and allowed him a total of 704 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions. Both of those games took place in Washington, and now Cousins will have to prove he can produce at Lambeau, which is a very tough task. The Packers' rebuilt secondary looked capable against Mitch Trubisky in the opener, but it's not very comparable to Minnesota's passing attack featuring Cousins, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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CAR @ATL

Ryan was capital U.G.L.Y. in Atlanta's week one loss to Philadelphia. He should have much better luck against this Carolina defense. In their four matchups over the past two seasons, Ryan has gone absolutely berserk, averaging an astounding 353 yards and 2.3 touchdowns. The Panthers looked great against Dallas in week one, but their 2017 numbers are much more indicative of their level of talent. Carolina finished in the bottom twelve of yards, interceptions, and touchdowns allowed to quarterbacks. Atlanta has already lost two key defenders, so Carolina should be able to score points as well, and the game script seems to favor a Ryan-led passing game. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 9.0/10

If Jimmy Garoppolo can rack up 261 yards on the Vikings, just think what he'll do to Detroit, who ranked 28th against the pass last year, and just got eviscerated by a 21-year old in his first NFL start. If Garoppolo will struggle in any way, it could come in the interception department. He's now thrown eight interceptions over his last six starts, which could be problematic facing the Lions who gathered 19 interceptions a season ago, which ranked fourth. Marquise Goodwin exited with a quad injury last week in Minnesota, and is questionable for week two. Be sure to check his status, because Garoppolo needs his field-stretching abilities - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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CAR @ATL

[UPDATE: DOWNGRADED AFTER TWO OF HIS OFFENSIVE LINEMEN WERE RULED OUT OF THIS GAME. WITH MATT KALIL GOING ON IR EARLIER, NEWTON IS MISSING THREE STARTERS FROM HIS LINE.] Cam Newton has struggled against the Falcons over the past two seasons. In his last four matchups against the Falcons, Newton has been held under 200 yards passing inall of them and has thrown less than one touchdown per game. Fortunately, Atlanta finished as the worst team at defending rushing quarterbacks last year, and Newton was able to take advantage of that in their two meetings, gathering 145 yards and a touchdown. Carolina will be without tight end Greg Olsen, and Atlanta will be now be playing sans two of their best defenders, in safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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ARI @LAR

Arizona entered 2018 without their best defender in Tyrann Mathieu, and his departure is already hurting a defense that ranked 24th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks last season. Alex Smith dissected the Cardinals last week, and Jared Goff has many more weapons at his disposal. Even if Patrick Peterson locks down Brandin Cooks, Goff can find Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods with favorable coverage. Although marginal, the Cardinals were at least capable of surprising us a season ago. Six times they recorded more interceptions than passing touchdowns allowed, but on the other hand, they let four quarterbacks record three or more total touchdowns. Goff faced Arizona twice last year, and was pretty mediocre, as he totaled 455 yards passing, three touchdowns, and a pair of interceptions. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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[SUNDAY NON-UPDATE: OF COURSE RODGERS WILL PLAY] The Bears were one thing, Minnesota will be another. This Vikings defense was absolutely absurd in 2017, allowing the fewest touchdowns, second-fewest yards, and fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Not once did a quarterback throw three touchdowns on Minnesota, but multiple times they recorded three interceptions, including last week. In that game, Jimmy Garoppolo was harried throughout. But Aaron Rodgers' knee injury may not allow him the same mobility. The fact that this game is taking place in Lambeau is the best news for Rodgers. In his last two home against Minnesota, he's thrown for a total of 638 yards, and five touchdowns. But if Rodgers can't run, he could be a sitting duck against a ferocious front four. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

A San Francisco defense that ranked in the bottom twelve in yards, touchdowns, interceptions, and fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks last year presents a an opportunity for Matthew Stafford to bounce back from last week's bizarrely horrible performance. Last week, the Niners did a great job of pressuring Kirk Cousins, which helped mask the personnel deficiencies in their secondary. Richard Sherman was a much-needed addition for the 49ers, but outside of the aging corner, the 49ers did little else to address their needs on the defense. They ranked 27th, 16th, and 32nd against number one, two, and "other" receivers a year ago. That suits up very nicely for the Detroit offense, who heavily rely on their trio of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Kenny Golladay. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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OAK @DEN

Case Keenum is still very much for real. And as we saw on Monday night, Oakland's defense is still very inviting for opposing quarterbacks. The one knock on Keenum's Broncos debut was his three interceptions, but against Oakland, that ain't no problem. The Raiders forced an embarrassing five total interceptions a season, putting them at the very bottom of the league. Oakland ranked 25th in yards given up to quarterbacks a season ago. In three games against bottom-seven defenses last season, Keenum played some of his best football, gathering an average of 290 yards, 1.7 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.75/10

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NE @JAC

As you know, the Jaguars have an elite secondary that ranked No. 1 in yards allowed, third in touchdowns surrendered, and second in fantasy points given up to opposing quarterbacks last year. And the Jaguars dominated Eli Manning last week, holding him to a scoreless 224 yards. Only twice did a quarterback get to 250 yards against the Jags last regular season, and even in those games, Jacksonville dominated, intercepting the ball an amazing eight times. Fortunately, in the AFC championship game, Brady was able to find success, tossing the ball for 290 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Naturally, Bill Belichick devised a way to get Brady to a good game, and he gets the benefit of the doubt here too. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

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Week 2 provides an easier matchup for Deshaun Watson, but I remain nervous about his prospects in this game. The Houston offensive line was hot garbage last week, and now it's without starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson who left the game injured. If Watson doesn't have time to set up long passes, we could see similar results as last week. Fortunately, there's good news too. When these two met up early in 2017, he (Watson) scorched them for over 300 total yards and five touchdowns. Tennessee was a much-improved defense in 2017, but they still have some major work to do when it comes to stopping quarterbacks, as evidenced by Ryan Tannehill's solid game against them last week. In yards, touchdowns, and fantasy points allowed, the Titans ranked in the bottom twelve last year. As bad as they were, Tennessee fared even worse at home, allowing an extra 33 yards and .4 passing touchdowns per game while playing at Nissan Stadium. Will Fuller will likely be back after missing the Texans first game, and that's a big help for Watson's prospects. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

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BAL @CIN

Andy Dalton bookended his 2017 season with games against this week's opponent, Baltimore. His Week 1 performance was a disaster (the Bengals would end up firing their offensive coordinator Ken Zampese one game later), but by Week 17, Dalton was clicking. He posted a three-touchdown game and the Bengals scored 31 points in an upset victory that helped knock the Ravens out of the playoffs. That was only two games ago for Bengals and they've only gotten better with major improvements to their offensive line. Dalton, and his entire offense, looked much improved in preseason action, and it carried over to Week 1. The Ravens were untested by Nate Peterman in Week 1. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.5/10

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IND @WAS

I've got to believe that the Colts didn't go into last Sunday intending for Andrew Luck to pass 53 times in his first game back from his shoulder injury. To his credit, Luck looked pretty good, but Washington looks like a stiffer test. The Redskins completely dominated Arizona's front four last week, and Sam Bradford couldn't have looked more feeble. Washington ranked ninth in passing yardage allowed and finished 12th overall in fantasy points surrendered to quarterbacks. If there is one upside to playing this defense, it's that they were extremely volatile. Seven times, Washington held quarterbacks to under 200 yards, but on the flip side, they let four quarterbacks get to the 300-yard mark. TY Hilton will match up with Josh Norman, which could mean that Luck will need to incorporate his depth receivers more often. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10

Trubisky must've felt like he jumped in a time machine going from the archaic offense he ran with the Bears a season ago to the forward-thinking Matt Nagy, the Bears new head coach. Trubisky gets an outstanding matchup in his first game against the Packers and their seventh-worst pass defense from last year (according to Football Outsiders). They also gave up the second-most touchdown passes . The Packers attempted to shore up their secondary by signing Kyle Fuller and drafting Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. And they'll implement a new scheme under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. But that's a lot of moving parts that need to come together in the season's first week. Trubisky showed well this preseason, showing particular chemistry with tight end Trey Burton. -Chris Wollmuth (@bigsmoot2) - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10

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PHI @TB

It's hard to say who looked worse in Week 1, Nick Foles or the Tampa secondary. The Bucs are unlikely to improve because their top three cornerbacks are all hurt. Assuming Brent Grimes doesn't return from his groin injury, the Bucs will be starting two cornerbacks whose names I learned today: Ryan Smith and Carlton Davis. The Buccaneers let up the second-most yards, and the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks a year ago. As evidenced in Week 1, they may not be much improved in 2018. The Eagles are still likely without Alshon Jeffery, making their passing offense in the red zone even less potent. Foles started two road games over the past two seasons, and been masterful in both, totaling 460 yards and six touchdowns. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.25/10

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This may be the toughest draw Russell Wilson gets all season. Even before the trade for Khalil Mack, Chicago's defense was very tough for opposing quarterbacks on the road. In eight 2017 contests at Soldier field, Chicago held quarterbacks to a mere six total touchdowns, and only once let up 300 passing yards. The Bears were the only defense in the NFL to finish in the top ten of passing yards and touchdowns allowed and in the top five of rushing yards and touchdowns allowed to quarterbacks-all metrics that are salient to Wilson's game. This all culminated in Chicago ranking third in fantasy points allowed to the quarterback position, only behind Minnesota and Jacksonville. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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NYG @DAL

Dak Prescott is working with next to nothing on the outside, but that just doesn't matter when you're playing the Giants. New York's pass defense is undeniably horrible and likely won't be much better throughout the 2018 season. Nine quarterbacks threw for at least 250 yards against the Giants last season, and even more amazing, six threw for three or more touchdowns. In his two matchups against New York in 2017, Prescott was superb, totaling 600 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants let Blake Bortles run for 42 yards last week, which adds some hope to Prescott's outlook, but in his four games New York, he's averaged just 13 rushing yards, and hasn't scored. Dallas' offensive line wasn't able to play together in the preseason, and they looked dreadful last week. It's mathematically impossible for that talented group to play worse this time around. -
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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If Leo Fournette can't play, or doesn't play effectively, it shifts much of the burden of winning to Blake Bortles. And that might be okay. In this matchup in the AFC title game, Bortles was asked to throw 36 times, a number he reached only two times all year. He rewarded Doug Marrone's confidence with a mistake-free game that nearly got the Jaguars to the Super Bowl. I don't love Bortles' weapons, which is a worry. Keelan Cole has a tough matchup with Stephen Gilmore. Donte Moncrief was invisible last week. Maybe Austin Seferian-Jenkins can help. He had a touchdown called back last week, and the Jaguars scored a tight end touchdown in the playoff game with New England. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 8.0/10

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NYG @DAL
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MIA @NYJ
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CLE @NO

How Tyrod Taylor fares will tell us if New Orleans is indeed terrible again on defense, or if Fitzpatrick really is Fitzmagic. From time to time, Stew Beard blows up, and the Saints secondary was terrific for most of last year, so I've got to believe last week was an anomaly. Unlike Fitz, Taylor has never thrown for four touchdowns, and for that matter, hasn't thrown for three touchdowns in two seasons. Even worse, Taylor only reached two passing touchdowns three times all of last year. Josh Gordon will start for Cleveland, giving Taylor his full cast of weapons.The Saints secondary is loaded with young talent, and I expect a return to 2017's form for the group. - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 7.75/10

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BAL @CIN
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OAK @DEN
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[UPDATE: MARIOTA IS EXPECTED TO START, BUT WITH A HAND INJURY THAT LIMITS HIS ABILITY TO GRIP THE BALL. HE'S A VERY DANGEROUS START.] - Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo)
Charch's Rating: 6.0/10

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ARI @LAR
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LAC @BUF
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PHI @TB
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BAL @CIN
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MIA @NYJ
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ARI @LAR
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NE @JAC
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OAK @DEN
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NYG @DAL
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MIA @NYJ
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IND @WAS
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ARI @LAR
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SEA @CHI
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LAC @BUF
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DET @SF
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MIA @NYJ
79
KC @PIT