Fantasy Football Week Two Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Week One of the 2009 season is officially in the books, and it feels like it took forever to get to this point.

The first week of the season saw some great performances by quarterbacks, including six touchdowns by Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, as well as some downright atrocious ones, like the four-interception performance by Jake Delhomme of the Carolina Panthers.

In injury news, Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback, Donovan McNabb, went down in the third quarter with broken ribs, after throwing for only 79 yards. The good news, he did have three total touchdowns before the injury. McNabb was replaced by Kevin Kolb.

McNabb is hoping to play this week against the Saints, but he is listed as questionable and the Eagles did go out and sign Jeff Garcia as insurance. Should McNabb not be able to go, Kolb would get the starting nod this week, but this is a situation all McNabb owners should keep a close eye on this week.

And so we don’t get too far off topic, here are the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Two Quarterback Rankings.

1. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) at Miami

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In the offseason, one of the main things the Miami Dolphins wanted to address was their pass defense.

The Dolphins made a few additions, most notably safety Gibril Wilson, but that didn’t stop them from yielding 229 passing yards and two touchdowns to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

The Indianapolis Colts lost wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, a popular preseason sleeper, to injury and he’ll be out 2-6 weeks, but that shouldn’t affect quarterback Peyton Manning too much.

The Dolphins were very susceptible to passes to the tight end against Atlanta, and the Colts have one of the game’s best in Dallas Clark at that position so expect a good game from Manning.

Point Projection: 24 Points

2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Cincinnati

Aside from the fluke 87-yard touchdown pass Brandon Stokely caught off a tipped ball from cornerback Leon Hall, the Cincinnati Bengals defense actually played pretty well against the Denver Broncos last week.

But, the Broncos are in a state of transition right now and quarterback Kyle Orton is limited in what he brings to an offense.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are not limited at all and should have no problem exploiting mismatches against the Bengals' secondary, which is still not good against the pass.

Rodgers had only a pretty good game against the Chicago Bears last week as he had 184 yards with just one touchdown and no interceptions, but he played well when the team needed him the most.

This week against the Bengals you can expect a much more favorable state line from Rodgers.

Point Projection: 22 Points

3. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) at Philadelphia

Brees and the Saints looked unstoppable in the preseason and they continued that trend with a dominating performance in the win over the Lions last week. Brees was especially on point as he threw for 358 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.

Will Brees throw six touchdowns every week?

Of course not, but he’s still in the top three this week even though he’s going against a good Philadelphia defense that forced four interceptions last week.

Brees and the Saints' offense are much better than Delhomme and the Panthers so even though the New Orleans quarterback won’t come close to replicating his performance last week in this game, he’ll still have a good showing.

Point Projection: 21 Points

4. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) at New York Jets

The Jets had the pieces in place for a good defense, and it appears new head coach Rex Ryan has started to shape those pieces into an elite defense like he had when he was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore.

However, it’s a lot easier to game plan for the Houston Texans and Matt Schaub than it is for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.

Though Brady started slow last week against the Buffalo Bills, he ended the game strong as he finished 39-for-53 for 378 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Expect another good game from Brady, though not one as good as last week.

Point Projection: 20 Points

5. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) at San Francisco

Last week against an overwhelmed St. Louis Rams defense, the Seattle Seahawks passing game looked incredible.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck repeatedly took advantage of mismatches and rolled up 279 passing yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The addition of T.J. Houshmandzadeh along with Nate Burleson—who combined for 13 catches for 122 yards—helped a lot but it was the play of tight end John Carlson that really allowed Hasselbeck to be successful.

And this week against the San Francisco 49ers the Seahawks will likely use a similar scheme on offense. The 49ers don’t have anybody to match up with Carlson when they have 3-4 wide receivers on the field, which is what makes Hasselbeck another good play this week.

Point Projection: 19 Points

6. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Baltimore

San Diego Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers did not get off to the start he had hoped in the game against the Oakland Raiders last week.

Perhaps frustrated at his play early in the game or the poor offensive line play, Rivers bounced back in the second half. Even though he’s going against a tough Baltimore defense, it’s the same defense that allowed Kansas City quarterback Brodie Croyle to throw for 177 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Point Projection: 18 Points

7. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Carolina

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had no trouble playing well against a supposedly revamped Miami secondary, and while some of that credit goes to his growth as a quarterback, the majority of it lays with tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Gonzalez helped the Falcons find the holes in the Dolphins secondary, which proved to be particularly effective on third down. The Panthers didn’t give up a lot of yards in their opener, but did allow 38 points.

The Panthers will find it hard to come up with a game plan that will stop Ryan, Gonzalez, and running back Michael Turner so expect another good game from the second-year quarterback.

Point Projection: 18 Points

8. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) at Detroit

The story from the Minnesota Vikings’ first game was running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns.

Peterson’s play was so good that perhaps it overshadowed a solid and efficient performance by quarterback Brett Favre. In the win over the Browns, Favre went 14-for-21 for 110 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Since Favre is still getting acclimated to the team and the playbook, and the Vikings have Peterson, Favre probably won’t be posting any 300-yard games anytime soon. However, this week he’s matched up against the Lions, who found a way to give up six touchdown passes last week. Thus, Favre should have a solid day.

Point Projection: 18 Points

9. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) vs. New York Giants

Could it be that the departure of wide receiver Terrell Owens is just what the Dallas Cowboys offense needed? After the way the offense and quarterback Tony Romo played in the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week it appears that way.

Romo went 16-for-27 for 353 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. And the Cowboys displayed often the ability to create big plays as Romo’s touchdown passes were 42, 66, and 80 yards long.

The Giants have a good secondary and one of the league’s best defensive lines, but that may not be enough to stop Romo in this game.

Point Projection: 17 Points

10. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) at Chicago

One thing became abundantly clear about the Pittsburgh offense in the team’s overtime win over the Tennessee Titans last week: the Steelers can’t run the ball.

Now, obviously Tennessee features one of the best run defenses in the league, but the Chicago Bears aren’t exactly a bunch of slouches either. To win this game, the Steelers will need to rely on the arm of Big Ben, who apparently has found a new favorite receiver in Santonio Holmes.

Roethlisberger may throw a pick or two in this game but it won’t outweigh his production.

Point Projection: 17 Points

11. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) at Jacksonville

After playing so well last season, quarterback Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals offense struggled in a losing effort to the 49ers last week. Warner did throw for 288 yards and a touchdown but he also threw two interceptions and completed just 59 percent of his passes.

The Jacksonville Jaguars managed to keep the game with the Colts close last week, but they did give up 294 passing yards in the process. Arizona still has some issues to iron out on offense, especially if the running game continues to suck, so while Warner should be a solid play this week, don’t expect an explosive performance.

Point Projection: 16 Points

12. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) at San Diego

The growth made by quarterback Joe Flacco from his rookie season has been tremendous, and it was evident how much the Baltimore Ravens trust him as he was allowed to operate out of multiple formations and make a ton of different throws in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

Consider that Flacco is working with one of the game’s premier offensive coordinators in Cam Cameron, who helped develop Rivers in San Diego, and it’s easy to see why Flacco will be leaned upon this season instead of being asked simply not to lose games.

The match-up with San Diego is not an easy one, but Flacco will play well as the Chargers will focus a lot of attention on stopping the running game.

Point Projection: 16 Points



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