Editor’s update: Due to Sam Darnold’s mono diagnosis, we have removed him from No. 25 on the list and replaced him with Kirk Cousins.
A handful of quarterbacks had eye-opening performances in Week 1, and while we never want to overreact, it seems like some of them could be in far better fantasy situations than we anticipated just a week ago. And that means it is time for some changes to our weekly fantasy football rankings.
Lamar Jackson went for over 300 yards and five touchdowns through the air, and didn’t even need to use his legs to dominate the Dolphins. While Miami looked like a potentially historically bad team, a Week 2 matchup against Arizona keeps Jackson near the top of our quarterback rankings.
Dak Prescott tossed for over 400 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants, and now gets to face a Washington defense that (eventually) got lit up by Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson. I also severely under-ranked Patrick Mahomes in Week 1, who was up to his usual business against the Jaguars. Even without Tyreek Hill (shoulder), he’s in a terrific spot in Oakland.
As for the bad, teams like the Seahawks and Vikings showed us they’re completely committed to the run game. Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins don’t only take huge hits this week, but should lose value on their outlook for the remainder of the season.
Quarterback rankings, Week 2
|8||Jared Goff||LAR||New Orleans|
|9||Drew Brees||NO||@Los Angeles Rams|
|10||Cam Newton||CAR||Tampa Bay|
|14||Matthew Stafford||DET||Los Angeles Chargers|
|15||Andy Dalton||CIN||San Francisco|
|18||Baker Mayfield||CLE||@New York Jets|
|20||Derek Carr||OAK||Kansas City|
|25||Kirk Cousins||MIN||@Green Bay|