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Week 2 QB Rankings: Palmer, Foles, Kaepernick, and more

Deciding between two QBs? Need a streamer? Check out Jacob Adler's picks for the week.

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After an exciting Week 1, we move into Week 2, which looks to be a lot more predictable at first look. There are a few burning questions relating to quarterbacks, most notably how successful Andrew Luck can be while TY Hilton is out and if this is just a slump for Peyton Manning. Plus, how much of the values of Tony Romo and Eli Manning depend on the health of their star receivers, and what should we expect going forward from Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota?

Let’s check out how the five streaming recommendations panned out last week.

Last week

Ryan Tannehill
Week 1 Finish: 22

What happened: This was disappointing from a fantasy angle, as Miami’s dink-and-dunk offense prevented Tannehill from taking advantage of a vulnerable Washington defense.

Carson Palmer
Week 1 Finish: 2

What happened: Palmer was excellent, and ended up being my most-owned passer in DFS. I probably should have had him higher in the ranks given the players I used him over.

Jameis Winston
Week 1 Finish: 20

What happened: I took the wrong end of Winston and Marcus Mariota, so hopefully you didn’t go all-in on Winston. He has a great chance to bounce back this week against the Saints.

Andy Dalton
Week 1 Finish: 9

What happened: He was somewhat better in the real game than in fantasy, unless you stacked him with Tyler Eifert. Still, it was a top 10 performance from a quarterback available in most leagues.

Tyrod Taylor
Week 1 Finish: 14

What happened: Most of his value came from the long touchdown to Percy Harvin, but you were likely content with what you got out of him.

Streamers for Week 2

Carson Palmer vs. Chicago Bears

While Palmer’s ownership has increased, he is still a free agent in many fantasy leagues, and is likely to return to the top 10 quarterbacks this week.

Joe Flacco vs. Oakland Raiders

While the results from Week 1 against Denver were not encouraging, Flacco has a cakewalk of a matchup with Oakland, which allowed Dalton to walk right over it. Still, he’s too risky for me in shallower leagues.

Colin Kaepernick vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The 49ers were conservative against Minnesota in Week 1, but Kap should get more of a leash against a Pittsburgh defense that Tom Brady destroyed. Regardless of Brady’s success, the Steelers are a weak defense and Kaepernick has intriguing upside.

Andy Dalton vs. San Diego Chargers

I’ll go back to the well with Dalton, who faces a Charger defense that picked off Matt Stafford twice last week but was nothing special last year. It’s not nearly as much of a slam-dunk as it was last week, but Dalton should be fine this week as a streamer.

Nick Foles vs. Washington Redskins

The Washington defense was excellent in Week 1 against Miami, but I think part of that was Miami’s playcalling. Cornerback Chris Culliver is out, although Bashaud Breeland returns from suspension to man the slot. Foles was surprisingly competent against the fearsome Seahawks defense (albeit one that was missing Kam Chancellor), so he could be in for a big week against a weaker secondary.

I'm not too strict with my ranks, so please don't be either. The gap between a lot of these players is so small there's no reason to fret about what looks to be a poor rank. For the column '2014 Pass Defense Rank', I used numberFire's Adjusted Defensive Pass Net Expected Points per Play, which adjusts for strength of schedule and measures how good a pass defense was on a per-play basis. You can learn more about Net Expected Points here.

Rank Name Team Opponent 2014 Pass Defense Rank
1 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31
2 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts New York Jets 21
3 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons New York Giants 22
4 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Green Bay Packers 15
5 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks 3
6 Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals Chicago Bears 27
7 Matt Stafford Detroit Lions Minnesota Vikings 18
8 Sam Bradford Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys 24
9 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles 20
10 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs 9
11 Tom Brady New England Patriots Buffalo Bills 2
12 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens Oakland Raiders 25
13 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers Pittsburgh Steelers 26
14 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Cincinnati Bengals 5
15 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals San Diego Chargers 24
16 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins Jacksonville Jaguars 16
17 Eli Manning New York Giants Atlanta Falcons 28
18 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers San Francisco 49ers 14
19 Nick Foles St. Louis Rams Washington Redskins 32
20 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Houston Texans 1
21 Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans Cleveland Browns 6
22 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions 10
23 Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Orleans Saints 29
24 Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos 7
25 Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills New England Patriots 13
26 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears Arizona Cardinals 11
27 Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets Indianapolis Colts 13
28 Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins St. Louis Rams 12
29 Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars Miami Dolphins 19
30 Johnny Manziel/Josh McCown Cleveland Browns Tennessee Titans 30
31 Brian Hoyer/Ryan Mallett Houston Texans Carolina Panthers 8
32 Derek Carr/Matt McGloin Oakland Raiders Baltimore Ravens 17