Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 2 Quarterbacks
The 2011 NFL Fantasy Football season got off to a wild start with some unlikely heroes and familiar faces.
First-round pick, Cam Newton, surprised owners with a 33-point week that included 422 yards and three total touchdowns.
That being said, here are five quarterbacks you should start in Week 2 and five quarterbacks you should leave on your bench.
Start: Aaron Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers kicked off the season with a near flawless performance against the New Orleans Saints tallying 312 yards and three touchdowns.
In Week 2, Rodgers plays against a Carolina Panthers defense that allowed Kevin Kolb to torch them for 309 yards and two scores.
Rodgers can be expected to torch the Panthers defense just as bad if not worse than Kolb.
With all of his weapons healthy you can expect Rodgers to give another 30-plus point performance in Week 2 and could be the best bet at the quarterback position.
Start: Phillip Rivers
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Phillip Rivers didn't woo anyone with his Week 1 performance, but a favorable matchup with New England's secondary in Week 2 could bode well for Rivers' owners.
A secondary that made Chad Henne of the Miami Dolphins look like a Pro Bowler in Week 1 could potentially make Rivers look like an MVP in Week 2.
Other than Devin McCourty, the Patriots don't have much experience at corner as they start a rookie opposite McCourty and Rivers could exploit this.
With Antonio Gates healthy and Vincent Jackson not holding out, Rivers could explode against the Patriots for a 30-plus point game, putting him near the top of the list of Week 2 quarterbacks.
Start: Matthew Stafford
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Against a Tampa Bay Buccaneer defense that was supposed to be one of the better ones in the league, Matthew Stafford showed why the Detroit Lions used the No. 1 overall pick on him a couple years ago.
If not for the interception he threw, Stafford would have put up a 30-point week with 305 yards through the air and three scores.
Stafford gets a favorable matchup in Week 2 against a Kansas City Chief defense that allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw for four touchdowns.
With one of the best wide receivers in the league at his disposal in Calvin Johnson and an emerging tight end in Brandon Pettigrew, Stafford has the ability to put up impressive numbers week in and week out.
Expect him to score between 25 and 30 points in Week 2 putting him at the top of the list of quarterbacks this week along with the elite guys.
Start: Tom Brady
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After a 512 yard, four touchdown and 42 point explosion in Week 1, it is safe to say that Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the league and a safe bet to start any week.
Brady is facing an opponent in the San Diego Chargers that allowed just 48 passing yards and one score to Donovan McNabb last week, but that should not worry Brady's owners.
First of all, McNabb is on the down swing of his career and is no longer a top fantasy option, and Brady carves up just about any and all defenses.
Look for Brady to have another spectacular performance in Week 2, maybe not a 42-point performance but expect anywhere from 25 to 35 points out of Tom the Terrific.
Start: Joe Flacco
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In Week 1, Joe Flacco came out firing against one of the league's best defenses in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Expect much of the same in Week 2.
Not many quarterbacks are able to put the line up against the Steelers that Flacco did last week, 224 yards and three touchdowns, and he has a much easier opponent in the Tennessee Titans Week 2.
With Ray Rice setting up the pass in the running game as good as any back in the league, Flacco can be deadly with the deep ball in play-action.
Look for Flacco to continue his hot start and torch the Titans defense for between 20 and 30 points.
Sit: Cam Newton
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Cam Newton put together a Week 1 that not even himself could have predicted after his horrendous preseason.
Newton passed for 412 yards and had three total touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals, good for a 33-point week.
Don't expect this trend to continue for Newton as things will get much more difficult for him against the Green Bay Packers defense.
The Packers have one of the best defenses in the league and will for sure rattle a rookie quarterback like Newton making him a bad play for Week 2.
The smart play this week is to leave Newton on your bench and wait for more favorable matchups for the young gunslinger.
Sit: Matt Ryan
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Matt Ryan laid a dud in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears with just 10 points and no touchdowns.
Ryan tossed for 319 yards and an interception. He also lost a fumble.
With the weapons he has, Roddy White and Julio Jones, he needs to be better than this for the Atlanta Falcons to compete, but don't expect him to perform better this week.
In Week 2, Ryan goes up against a star-studded secondary in Philadelphia that held Sam Bradford to just 209 yards and seven points in Week 1.
If you are looking for a quarterback to help you win Week 2, look elsewhere, Ryan is not your man.
Sit: Donovan McNabb
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In Week 1, Donovan McNabb gave the worst performance of any quarterback with just 39 yards through the air.
Don't expect things to get any better for McNabb this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He doesn't have a whole lot of weapons offensively other than Percy Harvin and his Week 1 performance could be a sign of things to come.
Don't be surprised if McNabb is out of a job if the Vikings continue to lose games as they could want a look at first-round pick Christian Ponder.
Sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Arguably the best performance in Week 1 by a quarterback came from Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it would be in your best interest to sit him in Week 2.
Fitzpatrick went off against the Chiefs in Week 1 for 208 yards and four touchdowns.
He faces an Oakland defense in Week 2 that allowed just one touchdown through the air to Kyle Orton in Week 1 and also picked him off.
The main reason to sit Fitzpatrick is because odds are you have a better option on your team. He was in the free-agent pool in many leagues during Week 1.
He could prove to be a good pickup but I would wait to see if he can be consistent with his performances before anointing him your fantasy starter, so keep him on the bench in Week 2.
Sit: Chad Henne
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On Monday Night Football, Chad Henne gave a performance that no one was expecting by throwing for over 400 yards and three total touchdowns.
Before the season started, the Dolphins were exploring other options at the position so maybe this was Henne giving them the finger, showing he has what it takes.
But there is one issue. Other than this game, Henne hasn't really shown he has what it takes and don't expect him to perform as well in Week 2 against a Houston Texans team that allowed just seven points in Week 1.
It is a safe bet to keep Henne on the bench in Week 2 if you have a better option at quarterback.