The first week of the 2019 season is under our belt and there was no shortage of fantasy football excellence. Among the players that stood out, Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson likely aided in your fantasy football success in Week 1.
Jackson finished with a jaw-dropping performance in Week 1 with 324 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Many believed it would be the second-year quarterback’s legs that helped him become fantasy relevant in 2019.
Instead, it was his arm that helped the Baltimore Ravens secure a 59-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The mobile quarterback showed that he is a must-start option in fantasy football for the foreseeable future.
Heading into Week 2, we have plenty of options at the quarterback position in terms of fantasy football. The picks highlighted in this article are chosen based on ESPN standard scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
Without further ado, here are the quarterbacks who you should look to start and sit in Week 2.
QBs to Start in Week 2
Ravens’ Lamar Jackson (vs. Cardinals)
When people discuss Lamar Jackson as a quarterback, most people highlight his rushing ability as his strongest skill. The second-year quarterback showed on Sunday that he’s more than just a runner by throwing for 324 yards and five touchdowns.
Jackson led all quarterbacks in Week 1 with 33.6 fantasy points despite carrying the ball just three times. The Louisville product will try to repeat his Week 1 performance versus the Arizona Cardinals, who allowed 27.6 points to Matthew Stafford in Week 1 (fourth-most in NFL).
Rams’ Jared Goff (vs. Saints)
It wasn’t quite the start to the season that Jared Goff wanted in Week 1 but the Los Angeles Rams still came out with the win. Goff finished the game with 186 yards and one touchdown to total just 9.4 fantasy points.
Heading into Week 2, the fourth-year quarterback will be facing the New Orleans Saints in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. In his first three seasons in the NFL, Goff has fared well against the Saints, averaging 314 yards and two touchdowns in the four times he’s faced them.
Falcons’ Matt Ryan (vs. Eagles)
Similarly to Goff, Matt Ryan didn’t exactly have the start to the season that he envisioned of having. The veteran quarterback managed to throw for 304 yards and two touchdowns on his way to 18.6 fantasy points against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback will have a chance to bounce back in Week 2 against a Philadelphia Eagles team that has a depleted secondary. The Eagles allowed Case Keenum to throw for 380 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1.
Raiders’ Derek Carr (vs. Chiefs)
Derek Carr was out to prove to everybody that he didn’t need Antonio Brown for him to be successful. Carr would end up throwing for 256 yards and a touchdown in Monday night’s victory over the Denver Broncos.
Coming into Week 2, the Oakland Raiders will be taking on another AFC West foe in the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs defense struggled to slow down the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in Week 1; allowing 350 yards and three touchdowns to Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew.
Other QBs to Start: Cowboys’ Dak Prescott (vs. Redskins), Bills’ Josh Allen (vs. Giants)
QBs to Sit in Week 2
Cardinals’ Kyler Murray (vs. Ravens)
It was a tale of two halves for Kyler Murray in his NFL regular-season debut in Week 1. Murray struggled in the first half but would end up with 308 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 27-27 tie against the Detroit Lions.
Unfortunately, the rookie signal-caller will go from playing the stout Lions defensive front to the stingy defense of the Ravens in Week 2. The Ravens allowed just 8.4 fantasy points to Dolphins quarterbacks in Week 1.
Colts’ Jacoby Brissett (vs. Titans)
The Indianapolis Colts played in their first game minus Andrew Luck as their captain on Sunday. In his place, Jacoby Brissett ended up throwing for 190 yards and two scores versus the Los Angeles Chargers.
Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (vs. Panthers)
Everyone (including me) was all over the idea of starting Jameis Winston in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. The fifth-year quarterback laid an egg on Sunday by throwing for 194 yards and three interceptions.
Winston will attempt to eliminate the mistakes he made in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers this week. The Panthers allowed just 9.4 fantasy points to Jared Goff in Week 1.
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