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Fantasy football rankings, Week 2: Quarterbacks

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The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which quarterbacks rank in the top 25 heading into Week 2.

An unfamiliar face joined the top fantasy quarterbacks in Week 1. Alex Smith had the second-highest passing yardage of his career and ran for the game-winning score in overtime. It’s doubtful that the Kansas City Chiefs are leaning towards a pass-heavy attack -- probably more a case of an opportunity being taken advantage of against a poor San Diego Chargers defense. Smith will be leaning on the run game in Week 2 against a tough Houston Texans defense.

Kirk Cousins had a rough start to the season on Monday night. He threw two interceptions and no touchdowns, but garbage time pushed him into a 300-yard passing game. Cousins will probably rebound against a weak Dallas Cowboys defense. He never went over 300 yards passing against them last season, but threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in two games. If the running game gets on track, he won’t have to carry the offense by himself.

Injuries have already taken a toll after the first week. Russell Wilson was able to finish the game on a severely sprained ankle, but he looked limited while gutting out the second half. As it stands right now, he’s planning to start this week. Keep a close eye on his practice participation, because he may end up being limited or in danger of missing the game. Trevone Boykin would be his replacement. Boykin’s potential is great, but the team would lean heavily towards the run.

Robert Griffin III was placed on injured reserve and he’ll miss at least the next eight weeks with a fractured shoulder blade. The Cleveland Browns will reevaluate his status at that time. Josh McCown will take over as the starter and holds value during the upcoming bye weeks, especially when Josh Gordon returns from his suspension.

My sleeper for this week is Brock Osweiler. Osweiler will face a tougher test versus Kansas City than he faced against Chicago in Week 1. He’s still playing at home and it seems like he’s developed some real chemistry with his receivers. I think Osweiler will throw for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterbacks, Week 2

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett, DG: Derek Gordon)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB DG
1 Cam Newton CAR vs. SF 3 2 3 1 3 2 1
2 Eli Manning NYG vs. NO 1 1 1 2 1 1 8
3 Drew Brees NO at NYG 2 6 2 3 2 3 3
4 Derek Carr OAK vs. ATL 4 5 5 9 5 5 10
5 Aaron Rodgers GB at MIN 5 8 7 4 9 9 2
6 Blake Bortles JAC at SD 12 4 4 8 6 4 7
7 Carson Palmer ARI vs. TB 7 7 8 5 7 7 5
8 Matthew Stafford DET vs. TEN 14 3 6 6 4 6 16
9 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. CIN 6 9 10 7 8 8 12
10 Andrew Luck IND at DEN 8 10 16 11 14 13 6
11 Russell Wilson SEA at LA 11 16 11 10 16 12 4
12 Philip Rivers SD vs. JAC 9 13 13 14 11 11 9
13 Kirk Cousins WAS vs. DAL 10 15 15 12 13 14 11
14 Jameis Winston TB at ARI 18 12 12 13 10 10 18
15 Marcus Mariota TEN at DET 15 18 14 16 12 15 14
16 Matt Ryan ATL at OAK 19 11 9 18 15 16 20
17 Andy Dalton CIN at PIT 13 17 21 15 24 18 13
18 Joe Flacco BAL at CLE 17 14 19 17 20 19 17
19 Tyrod Taylor BUF vs. NYJ 16 19 18 25 18 20 15
20 Brock Osweiler HOU vs. KC 22 21 17 24 17 17 --
21 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ at BUF 24 22 24 20 22 21 23
22 Carson Wentz PHI at CHI 23 20 23 22 21 24 --
23 Jay Cutler CHI vs. PHI 20 25 25 21 25 22 22
24 Alex Smith KC at HOU 21 24 22 23 23 23 --
25 Dak Prescott DAL at WAS -- 23 20 -- -- -- 19
-- Jimmy Garoppolo NE vs. MIA 25 -- -- 19 -- 25 --
-- Trevor Siemian DEN vs. IND -- -- -- -- 19 -- --
-- Josh McCown CLE vs. BAL -- -- -- -- -- -- 21
-- Blaine Gabbert SF at CAR -- -- -- -- -- -- 24
-- Ryan Tannehill MIA at NE -- -- -- -- -- -- 25