Week 2 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Brady and the Bunch

Nathan WaddellCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2011

Brady is your top QB unless proven otherwise.
Brady is your top QB unless proven otherwise.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

As we roll in to Week 2 of the fantasy football season, we must start looking for matchups to exploit.

The matchup that immediately stands out is Redskins QB Rex Grossman facing two young corner backs, and a Cardinals defense that is severely undermanned. 

If Grossman's body of work this season was larger than just one week, he would be worth including in the Top 5 for this game against Arizona.  But, as it stands, with just a one week sample size, Grossman is worth a start with a fairly high level of confidence.

So without further delay, here are your Week 2 fantasy football quarterback rankings.

Rank Player  Opponent  Comments
1. Tom Brady  v. SD Another ho-hum outing for Brady in Week 1. Chance of another shootout is high in Week 2.
2. Michael Vick    @ ATL A reunion in Atlanta against a soft secondary that was abused in Week 1 is just want Vick needs.
3. Aaron Rodgers               @ CAR

So many weapons, so little time. CAR can't stop this offense, just hope they keep it close.

4. Mathew Stafford vs. KC First time the home crowd will see the new aerial act, and KC's defense is imploding after the loss of S. Berry.  
5. Phillip Rivers @ NEP Can't expect SD to dominate, so they will either be trailing or trying to take the lead.  Either way, the ball's in the air. 
6.  Drew Brees v. CHI Still an elite QB, but a tougher matchup than those in the Top 5.
7. Ben Roethlisberger v. SEA Big Ben and company right the ship against a get-well opponent this week.
8. Tony Romo @ SF Defense looked stout last week, but Romo is at least a smidge better than Tarvaris Jackson.
9. Rex Grossman v. ARI The matchup is outstanding facing off against two first year CBs.
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick v. OAK You can't expect a repeat of Week 1 (4 TDs), but the offense is clicking and Fitzpatrick is solid.
11. Josh Freeman @ MIN The early returns on the TB offense aren't encouraging, but Freeman has been steady.
12. Chad Henne v. HOU Even if Henne's production comes in garbage time, it still counts. 
13. Cam Newton  v. GB Not as great of a matchup as Week 1, but Newton has more upside than most QBs on this list. 
14. Jay Cutler @ NOS  NO gave up points to GB in Week 1, but Cutler is no Rodgers. 
15. Matt Schuab  @ MIA  The matchup is good, but until we see him throw 30 times, hard to feel confident about production.
16. Matt Ryan  v. PHI  Falcons will have to throw, but the matchup is tough for Ryan. 
17. Kyle Orton  @ CIN  Should be a close game, so Orton shouldn't need to play catch up. 
18. Eli Manning  v. STL  Should have plenty of opportunities to make plays, but likely without top WR Nicks. 
19. Alex Smith  v. DAL  DAL may be without three top CBs.  But Smith impossible to trust. 
20. Joe Flacco  @ TEN  Should be little need for Flacco to throw, so upside very limited.  

Feel free to share any sit/start questions you might have in the comments, and we'll work through them and find an answer.

Running back and wide receiver rankings will be out later in the week, so check back.

Best of luck this week.  May your domination continue, or your comeback begin.


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