Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 2: 3 QBs Who Will Lead You to Victory

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIISeptember 15, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the field against the San Diego Chargers during their season opener on September 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The NFL is full of quality quarterbacks, yet a standard fantasy football league only has 12 teams. There are 32-starting quarterbacks in the NFL, and in Week 2, all of them will be calling the signals for their team because there's no bye weeks this early in the year.

It doesn't take a mathematician to calculate that there's 20 quarterbacks starting this weekend that won't start in most fantasy leagues. 12 quarterbacks get the fantasy nod and head out to the field, hoping to make their owners proud. The other 20 go out there with something to prove to the fantasy world.

OK, that's not true, but I'm sure there's some players in the league that are very conscious of their fantasy impact...Tom Brady perhaps. Not only do players have to hear how they hurt their team on the field, they tune into ESPN to see their name being picked as a 'sit 'em' selection.

That has to hurt...right?

Does your quarterback have a bad matchup in Week 2? If you're a proud owner of Matt Ryan, Kevin Kolb or Cam Newton, the answer is yes.

Consult my list below to see quarterbacks that are owned by less than 40 percent of Yahoo's GM's, but can be expected to give you the extra points you need in Week 2.

Colt McCoy

McCoy still has some serious work to do before he becomes an elite starter in the NFL. Luckily, fantasy football isn't always about a consistent performer. Sometimes you have to take a shot with a young guy with some confidence and a rock-solid arm.

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Starting quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns makes a pass down field under pressure from corner back Morgan Trent #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland  during the third quarter at Browns Stadium season opene
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McCoy is matched up against the Indianapolis Colts, who couldn't hold onto the ball when they were thrashed by the Houston Texans. The Colts are a mess right now, and McCoy is coming off a two-TD performance against the Bengals, which ended in a loss.

I wouldn't be surprised if McCoy threw three against the Colts.

Donovan McNabb

Am I talking about the same guy that only passed for 39-yards in a full game in Week 1, fewer than rookie Andy Dalton, who played less than a half?


McNabb is suspect to horrible performances from time to time. When he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, he'd throw one or two of those per season. He always seemed to rebound though.

In 2008, McNabb forgot to play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. He went 8-18 for 59 yards, threw two picks, was sacked twice and fumbled once. He was booed for the majority of the game, and eventually replaced with Kolb. The next week he threw four touchdowns.

Fantasy owners, it's time to replace Kolb with McNabb (for the week at least).

Chad Henne

I'll start by saying I'm not a fan of Chad Henne; however, I'd still consider picking him up and starting him against the Texans after his performance against the New England Patriots.

Henne had his first career 400-yard game in Week 1. He's surrounded by weapons in Miami, and if he gets the ball to Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush enough, they're bound to break one or two deep.

The Texans aren't an awful defense, but their new secondary has yet to be tested. Last year, the Texans allowed the most passing yards in the league. Tony Sparano and the Dolphins will surely be willing to throw some long balls in search of a win.