Whether you’re a season-long or daily fantasy sports (DFS) player, finding success in fantasy football is all about exploiting matchups. And as we head into Week 2 of the NFL season, there are a handful of quarterbacks who stand out above the rest.
We’re not going to touch on guys like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Deshaun Watson, who have favorable matchups in seemingly every game they play. Instead, we’re going to give you guys, who don’t necessarily qualify as must-start players in every game they play.
With that being said, here is a look at five quarterbacks with favorable fantasy matchups in Week 2.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo didn’t look great in Week 1, but he was playing against the Minnesota Vikings, who have arguably the best defense in the league. In fact, had tight end George Kittle not dropped a perfectly placed deep pass, the outcome of that game may have been quite different (Garoppolo threw a pick-6 on the next play) — but that’s a story for another day.
In Week 2, Garoppolo is facing a Detroit Lions defense (at home) that made New York Jets rookie Sam Darnold look like a Pro Bowler in Week 1. To top it all off, Ziggy Ansah, Detroit’s best defensive player, may be unavailable this week.
Don’t be surprised if Jimmy G is a top-five fantasy quarterback in Week 2.
Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
Smith was extremely efficient against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, and he has an even better matchup this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts at home.
The Colts secondary was picked apart by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton last weekend, and we are expecting an even better performance from Smith.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger struggled against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 (three interceptions), but we are expecting a significant rebound for the 36-year-old quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.
The Chiefs’ defense (which gave up 424 yards and three touchdowns to Philip Rivers in Week 1) is going to be friendly to opposing quarterbacks all season — barring any drastic personnel changes, of course. Roethlisberger will be returning to the friendly confines of Heinz Field this Sunday, where he typically puts up big numbers.
Don’t be surprised if Big Ben ends up being this week’s No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Case Keenum, Denver Broncos
There is a lot to like about Keenum’s Week 2 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
Keenum’s top-two wide receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, both project to have huge days against a vulnerable Oakland secondary, and Denver’s much-improved offensive line no longer has to deal with slowing down All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.
While we don’t see him as a must-start weekly QB1 at this point, Keenum does have the potential to throw for 275+ yards with multiple touchdown passes in Week 2.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles had a rough day in the Eagles’ season-opening win over the Atlanta Falcons, but he is in a good position to bounce back against a very suspect Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in Week 2. While he likely won’t replicate the 439-yard, three touchdown performance of Drew Brees against the Bucs in Week 1, Foles could easily throw for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns.
If you are looking for a cheap streaming option, Foles would make sense.
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