It’s the most wonderful time of the year: kickoff of the NFL season, of course! The 2QB team here at FakePigskin will be bringing you weekly quarterback rankings all season, so that you have a baseline for deciding which second- and third-string quarterbacks to start each week. This is our first of the year, with Week 1 QB rankings for 2QB leagues.
In our minds, that’s a necessary resource for owners in 2QB and Superflex leagues, because the major sites and major writers tend to only rank the top 15 or top 20 quarterbacks. But those of us in deep superflex leagues know how important it is to know even the worst of the starting quarterbacks.
If you have questions about our rankings, leave us a comment or shoot us a message on Twitter. You can also hear us discuss these rankings in more depth on the TwoQBs podcast; you can listen on iTunes or listen online.
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One final note: If you’re looking for more detailed analysis on some of your streaming options, Joshua Lake has already written a piece evaluating Geno Smith, Carson Palmer, and Chad Henne as Week One QB streaming options.
Here are our 2014 Week 1 QB Rankings:
- Peyton Manning, Broncos – He’s the reigning fantasy champ, and against his old team he’s going to light things up yet again.
- Drew Brees, Saints
- Matthew Stafford, Lions – Good matchup and will continue to utilize a healthy Megatron.
- Andrew Luck, Broncos – High scoring game, and the Broncos defense will not be quite in sync Week 1.
- Colin Kaepernick, 49ers – His weapons have improved, and Kaepernick is going to run a bit more.
- Aaron Rodgers, Packers – This is purely the effect of the Seahawks Defense.
- Jay Cutler, Bears – Lake is all-in on Cutler this week. Start and enjoy elite production.
- Matt Ryan, Falcons
- Russell Wilson, Seahawks
- Nick Foles, Eagles
- Robert Griffin III, Redskins
- Tom Brady, Patriots – Rob Gronkowski is looking like he will play this week, but the Patriots often mislead the media.
- Tony Romo, Cowboys
- Cam Newton, Panthers – He may not run enough to merit his normally elite rankings. The receiving corps will have some growing pains as well.
- Philip Rivers, Chargers
- Andy Dalton, Bengals
- Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
- Carson Palmer, Cardinals – Michael Floyd may be a legit wide receiver, but we believe it takes some time for the Cardinals to hit their stride.
- Geno Smith, Jets
- Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
- Joe Flacco, Ravens – Ray Rice’s suspension and our skepticism about the Ravens throwing as much push Flacco outside of the top 20.
- Alex Smith, Chiefs – Who exactly is Smith throwing to this week besides Charles? This is primarily about Dwayne Bowe’s suspension.
- Jake Locker, Titans
- Eli Manning, Giants
- Josh McCown, Bucs
- Chad Henne, Jaguars – The Eagles’ defense will not be any better this year.
- Matt Cassel, Vikings
- EJ Manuel, Bills – Good possibility for some junk-time points for EJ.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans
- Brian Hoyer, Browns
- Shaun Hill, Rams
- Derek Carr, Raiders – Selecting Carr to be the starter was much more about how terrible Schaub looked than about Carr being fully ready for Week 1.
- Johnny Manziel, Browns
- Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings
- Matt Schaub, Raiders
- Blake Bortles, Jaguars
- Mike Glennon, Bucs
- Kirk Cousins, Redskins – Lake has nightmares that are solely comprised of each of the hits that RG3 is going to take in this week.
- Brock Osweiler, Broncos