Still on the fence about which quarterback to start in Week 2? Here are three names in a favorable situation this week to benefit those fantasy lineups that lack one of the handful of obvious must-start signal callers. Below that is a list of three more names you should avoid this week, including Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr, who both face extremely difficult defenses.
Quarterbacks to Start
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers made their season opener against Minnesota look like a seven-on-seven practice game, shredding the Vikings’ secondary for four touchdown passes and 364 yards. Philip Rivers and the Colts might not put up 43 points, but it’s a great matchup for him to pad his early season stats. He might even be able to avoid head-scratching interceptions like the two he gave up to the Jags last week.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
There were viable concerns about Big Ben’s effectiveness to start the season, but he answered those convincingly with a three-touchdown performance last week against the Giants. While it’d be surprising to see him hold up for an entire season, he should have a solid game against a Broncos defense that allowed Ryan Tannehill to throw two scores and complete 67 percent of his passes.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Football Team
If you aren’t already on the Murray bandwagon, this should be the week that convinces you to grab a seat. He ran for 91 yards and a touchdown against the reigning NFC champs last week, and added another 230 yards and a touchdown through the air. His running ability and that wide open Arizona offense will give Washington’s pass rush fits. Plus, his obvious connection with DeAndre Hopkins is going to be a real problem for secondaries.
Quarterbacks to Sit
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
All eyes were on the quarterbacks when the Saints hosted the Buccaneers last week, but the real heads were treated to an impressive performance from the Saints defense. The Raiders made it easy on Carr last week against the Panthers, leaning on running back Josh Jacobs. That’s going to be harder to do this week against the Saints. Carr’s going to have to do more work, and that’s going to cause him real problems.
Wentz didn’t find a moment’s peace against Washington’s defensive line in last week’s loss, which isn’t much a surprise considering the Eagles are without three of their starting offensive linemen. He was sacked eight times and threw two picks. So what do you think is going to happen this week against Aaron Donald?
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Stafford should have had two touchdowns last week against the Bears; he can thank D’Andre Swift for that. It’s only going to get tougher this week against the Packers defense. He could be without wideout Kenny Golladay—who was not practicing on Wednesday—again this week too.