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Eli Manning might not point his way to a victory Sunday, but passes and points should be plentiful for both teams.
And you thought there wasn't a plethora of starting fantasy quarterback options on draft day? Heck, about two-thirds of the league had a passer score 20-plus points in a standard league.
The points came from an NFL record 63 touchdown passes in one week, seven by Peyton Manning and four by Eli Manning. That is five more than any previous week in history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
While that seemingly gives the position more depth, it should make you start those guys you drafted to be your starter even more. You want your highest ceiling in your lineup.
Week 2 bonanza: DEN at NYG
It isn't tough to see the potential fireworks when two Mannings are facing off. It just happens to be when the brothers are 1-2 in the NFL in touchdown passes.
Both quarterbacks have an undeniably great set of receivers and defenses that didn't have great performances in Week 1, too. Eli Manning was drafted as a backup in most leagues, but he is one of the players you can move up into the starting category, especially as long as Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz stay healthy and running back David Wilson stays in the doghouse.
Wilson is facing a Broncos run defense that held the Ray Rice-led Ravens to a mere 58 rushing yards. The ball is going to be in Eli's hands as he tries to match wits with this brother. The highest Vegas total of the week (55, per Vegas Insider) is legit.
Unfavorable matchup to watch: SF at SEA
Save for the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, there weren't any secondaries that had a Week 1 that really made you wary of starting a quarterback against it. The matchups for the fantasy quarterback elite figure to be even more favorable this week, with the Seahawks again as a lone exception.
Yes, you have to start Colin Kaepernick in all leagues. Not only did he look every bit as good as his postseason form, but you drafted him early to be a staple in your lineup. You have to run him out there against that Seahawks defense that held even earlier draft pick Cam Newton to a mere 14 points in Week 1.
Sure, Kaepernick was held to just 244 yards passing, one touchdown and 31 yards rushing at Seattle last Dec. 23, but his weapons just look far more potent than Newton's. You tempted fate by drafting a guy we labeled as a bust at his draft position, and he rewarded you handsomely in Week 1. Don't give up on him already.
If you are going to sit someone in this matchup, it should be Russell Wilson. Despite 320 yards, he wasn't great in Week 1, and the 49ers are considerably tougher than the Carolina Panthers, even if the Seahawks are at home. Wilson has a sketchy receiving corps right now with questionable health of Sidney Rice (knee), too.
Week 2 sleepers
Save for Eli Manning, who we already said is in the starting class now, you can consider Week 1 surprises Michael Vick and Philip Rivers candidates for the top 12. They just happen to be facing each other in Philly this week, too.
While Chip Kelly's offensive tempo seemingly does more for the running game, the production will get Vick more red-zone opportunities. He just needs to develop some trustworthy targets there. Brent Celek was one in Week 1. DeSean Jackson is more of a field-stretcher.
Philip Rivers threw for four touchdowns against a Texans defense that is much better than the Eagles'. The pace of this game should help him have a decent second half like Robert Griffin III did last Monday night.
Here are the quarterbacks in my rankings below I like more than other analysts:
Colin Kaepernick +2
- Robert Griffin +4
- Eli Manning +3
- Philip Rivers +9
- Josh Freeman +3
Week 2 duds
We already outlined Wilson as a potential sit because of the matchup, but the health of the Falcons receivers has to have you questioning Matt Ryan as a full-go fantasy starter right now. Roddy White has a high-ankle sprain he says has him playing at less than 100 percent, and Julio Jones was limited in practice this week with a knee issue.
That should just mean more targets for Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez, not to mention more use out of Steven Jackson in his Atlanta home debut.
Here are the top quarterbacks we like less than other analysts:
- Matt Ryan -4
Matthew Stafford -2
- Michael Vick -7
Terrelle Pryor -4
- Matt Schaub -3
Week 2 quarterback rankings
Week 2 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack