Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season is in full swing, with plenty of big-time fantasy performances popping up all over the league.
And it's the quarterbacks who put up most of the points in the early slate of games. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Kirk Cousins, Patrick Mahomes and Blake Bortles all went off.
The following table contains each game's biggest performer (in standard scoring formats), with analysis and highlights for notable players below that.
|Week 2 NFL Scores, Fantasy Stars|
|Ravens||23-34||Bengals||Andy Dalton||24-of-42, 265 yds, 4 TD|
|Panthers||24-31||Falcons||Matt Ryan||23-of-28, 272 yds, 2 TD, INT, 18 rush yds, 2 TD|
|Chargers||31-20||Bills||Melvin Gordon||28 rush yds, TD, 6 rec, 38 yds, 2 TD|
|Vikings||29-29||Packers||Kirk Cousins||35-of-48, 425 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT|
|Texans||17-20||Titans||Deshaun Watson||22-of-32, 310 yds, 2 TD, INT, 44 rush yds|
|Browns||18-21||Saints||Michael Thomas||12 rec, 89 yds, 2 TD|
|Dolphins||20-12||Jets||Ryan Tannehill||17-of-23, 168 yds, 2 TD, 44 rush yds|
|Chiefs||42-37||Steelers||Patrick Mahomes||23-of-28, 326 yds, 6 TD, 18 rush yds|
|Eagles||21-27||Buccaneers||Ryan Fitzpatrick||27-of-33, 402 yds, 4 TD, INT|
|Colts||21-9||Redskins||T.Y. Hilton||7 rec, 83 yds, TD|
|Cardinals||0-34||Rams||Todd Gurley||42 rush yds, 3 TD, 3 rec, 31 yds|
|Patriots||20-31||Jaguars||Blake Bortles||29-of-45, 377 yds, 4 TD, INT|
|Lions||27-30||49ers||Matt Breida||138 rush yds, TD, 3 rec, 21 yds|
|Raiders||19-20||Broncos||Derek Carr||29-of-32, 288 yds, TD|
|Giants||13-20||Cowboys||Tavon Austin||2 rec, 79 yds, TD, 15 rush yds|
|Standard Scoring Format|
You have to wonder how Jameis Winston feels about his job after a second straight monster performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the 2-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Starting in place of the suspended Winston, Fitzpatrick went off for 402 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 27-of-33 passing in a 27-21 win over the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL shared some of the highlights from Fitzpatrick's big day:
In Week 1, Fitzpatrick put up 417 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His season passer rating is a near-perfect 149.7. And if he keeps this up for the next couple of games, it's hard to see how the Bucs can turn the team back over to Winston.
Matt Ryan and Cam Newton
We had two monster quarterback duels in the opening slate of Sunday games. The first one was between NFC South rivals Cam Newton and Matt Ryan.
Both put up 29 points in standard-format leagues, and Ryan was the one who actually did it with his legs.
As a passer, Ryan went 23-of-28 for 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. But he did his real fantasy damage by scoring two rushing touchdowns.
Newton, meanwhile, threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for another 42 in Carolina's losing effort.
The NFL posted highlights after this one went final:
We're likely to hear from both of these quarterbacks plenty more over the course of the season, especially if Ryan thinks he needs to run around like Cam out there.
Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger
There were even more fireworks between the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger. Each put up a whopping 38 points.
Mahomes tallied 326 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions on 23-of-28 passing. Roethlisberger went 39-of-60 for 452 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran in a score.
The NFL shared some highlights from the offensive showcase:
Going forward, it looks like both of these quarterbacks could be in for big fantasy seasons. Mahomes allows the Chiefs to open things up in a way they couldn't with Alex Smith. And Roethlisberger may be forced to throw more in the absence of Le'Veon Bell.
Owners of either guy should be smiling pretty big this week, and likely will be after plenty of games this season.
The first slate of games ended with a 29-29 tie between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, but not for lack of trying from Kirk Cousins.
The Vikings quarterback went off for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 35-of-48 passing.
The NFL shared video of his last scoring strike (and the ensuing two-point conversion):
In an offense with weapons like Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, look for Cousins to have a monster season as the signal-caller.
In the second wave of games, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley did more than his fair share in a 34-0 beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals.
Gurley didn't have a great average (just 42 yards on 19 carries), but he found the end zone three times, as seen on the NFL's Twitter account:
It won't always be three touchdowns, but expect plenty more big games from Gurley this season. He'll be a focal point of L.A.'s offense, which is part of why he's a dark-horse MVP candidate.
According to OddsShark, Gurley has the seventh-best odds for winning the MVP. He's first among non-quarterbacks.
Over in the AFC, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles picked the New England Patriots defense apart in a 31-20 win over the reigning conference champions.
Bortles went 29-of-45 on the way to 377 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
The NFL shared highlights of the AFC championship rematch:
Bortles was something of a game manager for a lot of Jacksonville's stellar 2017 run, but a performance like this may suggest he's ready for more.