2-QB Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Week 2

Aaron Rodgers

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after running back Eddie Lacy (not pictured) scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re looking for my complete Week 2 rankings of the quarterback position for 2-QB fantasy football leagues, you can find those below. Rankings of any position help us with our lineup decision every week, and luckily we have plenty of rankings available online, in many different locations.

Even for 2-QB leagues, as evidenced by the quarterback rankings by my fellow 2-QBers at TwoQBs.com.

The Week 1 version of the 2-QB Stock Market was a straight up quarterback rankings list for Week 1, but going forward I want to put the spotlight on a few select quarterbacks, whose stock is either going up or down in the 2-QB fantasy football landscape. You can find the QB stock report for Week 2 after the rankings.

Week 2 QB Rankings for 2-QB Leagues:
1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Peyton Manning
4. Robert Griffin III
5. Michael Vick
6. Matt Ryan
7. Tony Romo
8. Matthew Stafford
9. Eli Manning
10. Tom Brady
11. Colin Kaepernick
12. Cam Newton
13. Andrew Luck
14. Russell Wilson
15. Carson Palmer
16. Jay Cutler
17. Sam Bradford
18. Terrelle Pryor
19. Chad Henne
20. Matt Schaub
21. Andy Dalton
22. EJ Manuel
23. Alex Smith
24. Joe Flacco
25. Josh Freeman
26. Philip Rivers
27. Ryan Tannehill
28. Ben Roethlisberger
29. Brandon Weeden
30. Geno Smith
31. Jake Locker
32. Christian Ponder

Now that the rankings are out of the way, let’s highlight a few quarterbacks whose fantasy stock is on the rise, and those who have lost some value after one week of real-life football action…

Week 2 Quarterbacks on the Rise in 2-QB leagues:

Terrelle Pryor
If Pryor is on your 2-QB league team, it’s either because you picked him up off the waivers, or you drafted him in the later rounds of your 2-QB draft. As long as you have him on your team, how you acquired him doesn’t matter.

What does matter is deciding what to do with him. His Week 1 performance against the Indianapolis  Colts wasn’t pretty to watch at times, but the final box score stat line was music to the ears of many fantasy football owners that rolled the dice and started him. If you can get QB1 numbers out of your QB2, that’s a recipe for a winning week, and that’s what Pryor was able to do this past week.

The Raiders have given Pryor the vote of confidence, and for now, he’s the team’s starting quarterback. The length of his reign as the team’s starting quarterback will be determined by his play going forward, but a quick glance at his schedule gives Pryor a good chance, at the very least, to put up consistent QB2 numbers on a weekly basis.

The toughest match-ups on the schedule for Pryor and the Raiders include match-ups against the Steelers, Texans, and Jets. There’s no doubt that Pryor’s fantasy stock went up after Week 1, and if you were lucky enough to snag him, you’ll reap the rewards going forward. Whether that’s by starting him, or trading him will determine on your current quarterback situation, and the rest of your team needs.

For now riding the Pryor train is a worthwhile investment, but it could be a bumpy ride, and one that can be pulled over at any moment.

Michael Vick
Some in the fantasy community already had high hopes for Vick and his fantasy potential this year, and while he may have been drafted as a 2-QB team’s QB2, he currently finds himself in the QB1 discussion.

The upside with Vick is massive, and after watching the Eagles’ new up tempo offense take it to the Redskins on Monday night, it’s hard to argue that Vick won’t be able to put up QB1 numbers each week, especially in the right match-up. Minus two late in the year games against the Cardinals and the Bears, the Eagles’ schedule has the makings of being a soft one.

The downside, and it’s a major one with Vick, is his injury history. He’s only completed one full 16 game season in the NFL, and he did take some hits Monday night. We’ve already seen him come off the field hobbling versus the Redskins, and the worry of Vick missing time is a real one.

His current fantasy value is very much on the rise, and you can either keep plugging him into your 2-QB lineup, or, if you’re stacked at the QB position, field trade offers for him, to see just what you can get. Now might be the perfect time to cash in on your Vick stock, if you’re worried he might not make it through the whole season, because it might not get any higher.

Week 2 Quarterback on the Slide in 2-QB leagues:

Christian Ponder and Jake Locker

Things did not look pretty with either of these quarterbacks during Week 1, other than Locker’s Titans pulling out a victory against the Steelers. Hopefully you only have Ponder or Locker as your team’s QB3, and nothing more, because relying on each one could lead to plenty of heartbreak/broken remotes this year.

Just how ugly were the final results for Locker and Ponder in Week 1? If you combine their fantasy points together, they scored 11.74 combined standard scoring fantasy points. Good enough for QB27 in Week 1.

You can’t drop either one of them, because they could still provide useful in bye weeks, and there’s plenty of time for them to turn around their play. You just have to hope it happens sooner, rather than later, because both are backed up by experienced former starting NFL quarterbacks, in Matt Cassel and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Josh Freeman
Speaking of Week 1′s fantasy QB27, that distinction fell to Freeman, who had an up and down game against the New York Jets, with many more downs than ups. With the amount of talent surrounding Freeman, you would expect him to throw for more than 210 yards and a touchdown, but that’s all he was able to muster up. Freeman also threw an interception and completed less than 50% of this throws.

We’ve seen Freeman’s inconsistent play in the past, and that’s not what should have us truly worried about him going forward. The main concern with Freeman is that it seems Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is looking for a reason to bench Freeman, and the dysfunction in Tampa Bay is already seeping through. Reports from Rotoworld.com have Schiano on the record saying Freeman missed a team meeting, which isn’t a good thing for your team’s starting quarterback to do.

It wasn’t a good sign when the Bucs used a third-round draft pick to select quarterback Mike Glennon in the 2013 NFL Draft. But then Schiano come out publicly saying Freeman was the only quarterback on the team, and that quelled any talk of a quarterback controversy. If Freeman keeps playing the way he did against the Jets, it wouldn’t be a surprise to if Glennon got an opportunity to see what he can do. In order for that not to happen Freeman has to start producing like the franchise quarterback he believes he is, and the Bucs need to start winning. Something that hasn’t happened recently. As pointed out by Evan Silva on Twitter, Freeman’s last four games has seen him complete 53.9% of his passes for 1,083 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.

If Freeman is on your 2-QB team, you can’t really attempt to trade him, as he doesn’t hold much value at the moment, so your best bet is to hold steady, and hope he turns it around. If you have room for Glennon on your bench, now would be a good time to consider stashing him, just in case Freeman implodes versus the Saints, which he has done before, most recently with his Week 15 4-interception performance last year.

*Stats used in this article courtesy of NFLData.com

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Salvatore Stefanile is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and believes that 2-QB fantasy football leagues will be the future of fantasy football. You can read about his 2-QB fantasy football opinions and analysis at XNSports.com.
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