Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2: Breaking Down Top Quarterbacks

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 14, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Running backs get a lot of love in fantasy football, but a big game from a quarterback can push your team to a win, sometimes almost single-handedly.

This was certainly the case if you had Peyton Manning or Colin Kaepernick in Week 1.  Manning went off for over 450 yards and seven touchdowns, while Kapernick had over 400 yards and three touchdowns of his own.  According to ESPN's standard scoring, Peyton had 46 points, and Kaepernick had 30.

While it's unlikely anyone is throwing for seven TDs this week, there are still some good matchups that could lead to some big games for a number of quarterbacks.

Here are my Week 2 QB rankings, followed by a breakdown of a few key names.


Week 2 QB Rankings


Top Week 2 Quarterbacks

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

After what he did in Week 1, how can you not like Manning as this week's top QB?

Along with being one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Manning now has a number of weapons to throw to.  Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker are probably one of the best groups of receivers in the league, and Julius Thomas had a breakout game at tight end to start the season off.

The New York Giants gave up 263 yards and two scores to Tony Romo, so you can bet that Peyton puts up even more yards and scores through the air in the third edition of the Manning Bowl.


2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

When it comes to a quarterback that can put up a ton of yards and a ton of points, there isn't a much safer bet than Drew Brees.

Brees had a strong game in the win over the Atlanta Falcons.  He threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.  Now, he will be going against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were far and away the worst team against the pass last season.

Even though the Buccaneers brought in Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson, that doesn't make them an elite defense.  Brees threw for almost 700 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception against this team last season, so there's a chance he puts up big numbers once again.


3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The Packers were going up against a very tough defense in the 49ers in their first game, but Rodgers still stepped up.  He threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns with a pick that was due to a drop by Jermichael Finley.

The Redskins certainly aren't as good as the 49ers, and their defense was torn apart by the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.  Rodgers will put up some big numbers once again and will continue to to do so for the rest of the season.


4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Sure, Newton didn't put up the most points against the Seattle Seahawks, but is anyone going to be able to do so against that secondary?

Things are going to get easier for Cam when he goes up against the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills gave up 431 yards of total offense and were torched by Tom Brady, who didn't have a whole lot of weapons.

The Panthers have a couple of solid guys Newton can throw to, and he can use his legs as well to put up some very nice points in Week 2.


5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons


Roddy White was hobbled, and the Falcons offense wasn't super efficient, but you can be confident that Ryan will put up points whether White plays or not.

The St. Louis Rams have a solid front seven, but the defense still gave up over 300 yards passing to Carson Palmer.  

Even if White is out and Julio Jones is limited, Ryan still has Tony Gonzalez.  He still had 304 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, and you can bet that he puts up big numbers once again.