There were some rather shocking Week 1 performances at quarterback, with a number of the league’s top fantasy signal callers having down weeks. Three of the top options at the position had down weeks, with Drew Brees of the Saints, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Matt Schaub of the Texans all putting up underwhelming fantasy production.
We’re not going to state the obvious here. Rather the focus is on the mid-tier options as well as the tough matchups for some of the more talented quarterbacks in the league.
With Kevin Kolb likely out with a concussion, Vick gets to feast on Lion on Sunday. Detroit’s defence was horrible against the Bears in Week 1 and the Eagles certainly have enough weapons at wide receiver to light them up again in Week 2.
McNabb struggled against the Cowboys, appearing rusty and out of sync with anybody not named Santana Moss or Chris Cooley. Look for some improvement against Houston and low end starting quarterback fantasy production.
Favre looked a bit rusty in a Week 1 loss to the Saints but his wide receivers looked absolutely horrible. The Vikings get the Dolphins in a home game this week and it’s hard to imagine that his receivers can be as bad this week as they were last week.
Plus, Favre’s gets a couple of extra days for his wonky ankle to heal up. Percy Harvin missed practice late in the week with a hip problem so that is worth monitoring. Otherwise, Favre figures to be a solid fantasy producer in Minnesota’s home opener.
Ryan gets the Cardinals this week after a tough Week 1 matchup in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Arizona allowed Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford to go over the 250 yard mark last week with one touchdown against three interceptions (two of which were late game picks with the Rams coming from behind including a hail mary).
Ryan should be in line for his first big fantasy game of 2010 this week.
Uh, oh. I can’t believe I’m recommending Orton two weeks in a row. Last week, he was solid against on the road against the Jaguars. No reason to believe he can’t be solid this week at home against the Seahawks.
Flacco put up some decent fantasy production in Week 1 against the Jets but he didn’t look very good doing so. He threw off his back foot on a regular basis and forced a few throws in the face of the Jets solid pass rush.
In Week 2, he faces the Bengals and their solid cornerback tandem of Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph. Flacco has averaged under 200 yards and less than a touchdown pass per game against the Bengals. Look for the Ravens to lean heavily on Ray Rice in this key division matchup.
It’s one thing to beat up on the lowly Lions and quite another to beat up on the Cowboys. While Detroit struggles to get to the passer and has a porous secondary, the Cowboys feature perhaps the league’s best pass rusher in Demarcus Ware as well as excellent cornerbacks in Michael Jenkins and Terrence Newman.
Look for Cutler to get harassed by the Cowboys pass rush for much of the game. While he won’t be horrible, it’s definitely worth considering your other options.
Carson Palmer, Bengals
Palmer hasn’t been very good against the Ravens lately and, believe it or not, running back Cedric Benson was the key to the Bengals two wins over Baltimore in 2009, topping 100 yards and scoring a touchdown in both games.
Look for the Bengals to re-establish their running identity this week against the Ravens, with Palmer reverting to more of a caretaker role.