Week 2 Advanced Quarterback Matchups

Week 2 Advanced Quarterback Matchups

TwoQBers every week are stuck with very tough start/sit decisions at the quarterback position. This article intends to help you make those weekly decisions easier. …

We want to take the guesswork out of the equation when you’re staring at two, or three, or four different quarterbacks, wondering who to start in that QB2 slot. Each week, we will examine quarterbacks using various statistics and metrics to pinpoint plus matchups that should give them a boost over their normal weekly output. Below are a few such options for Week 2.

Eli Manning

Saints Defense.

No, but seriously – the Saints defense is going to be starting P.J. Williams, Ken Crawley, and De’Vante Harris. These three corners have each played in ONE NFL game leading up to this matchup. In his last game against this pathetic excuse for a defense, Eli Manning threw for 350 yards and 6 touchdowns. I really don’t have anything more to say here. Just look at his insane PPR total last year.



Matthew Stafford

I think Matthew Stafford might become a quick friend to the 2QB community. He was drafted as the QB15 on average across all MFL10s this summer. I think Stafford is going to crush that ADP this season. The offense has just enough weapons to mask the loss of Calvin Johnson this year. Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick, and Ameer Abdullah should all help to boost Stafford’s passing production this season. Last week I posted Stafford’s sweet PPR splits with Jim Bob Cooter. For the heck of it, I am going to post it again.


Stafford now tees off against a Titans defense that is starting three cornerbacks who all received PFF grades of 55.4 or worse after Week 1. PFF graded Stafford as the seventh overall quarterback this season after he lit up the Colts, and I don’t see any reason why he can’t continue that pace this week.

Andy Dalton

In targeting Kirk Cousins last week, I mentioned that the Steelers defense allowed quarterbacks to produce the most points above their averages in 2015. That is still true. Unfortunately, it turns out that Kirk Cousins is actually just terrible. Andy Dalton is not.

Dalton is fresh off of a performance in which he threw for 300 yards and a touchdown against the Jets and should look to improve on that total as he faces a more potent offense this week. According to the FantasyLabs Matchups Tool, A.J. Green should matchup against Ross Cockrell and William Gay on the outside, both of whom have struggled in coverage while with the Steelers.


Vegas projects this game to have 48 points scored, with the Bengals accounting for 22.5 of them. Dalton should have a great opportunity to get a piece of those 22 points.

Joe Flacco

Flacco didn’t need to throw the ball very much in Week 1, but he still managed 258 yards and a touchdown. He was also facing two of the NFLs most elite outside cornerbacks on the Buffalo Bills, who managed to contain Steve Smith to 19 yards on 9 targets. This Cleveland defense ranks as the 27th-best passing defense in Football Outsiders’ DVOA after Week 1, and there is not much hope for improvement. With a rushing defense that ranks 19th and managed to contain Ryan Mathews, look for the Cleveland defense to funnel opposing offenses into the pass this season.


While the Ravens skill position players are f***in’ impossible to predict, we can capture the entire offense by using Flacco.

Josh McCown

If you are a true TwoQBer, then you have literally been waiting for this moment all offseason. Rejoice, Josh McCown is starting!!!! McCown managed to turn the steaming heap known as the Cleveland Browns into a functional offense in 2015, while Johnny Manziel was busy trying (Ed. note: and succeeding) to land himself on TMZ’s homepage. In fact, two of McCown’s best games came against  Baltimore last year, and he’s facing them again this week.


Josh McCown is a talented quarterback, and I’m not afraid to say it. Evan Silva mentioned on his Fantasy Feast Podcast that McCown has been very competent in 2-of-3 starting gigs. Looking at McCown’s games where he has attempted more than 15 passes, he is really impressive.


Simply put, I will be using McCown in DFS and anywhere that I need to stream a quarterback this weekend.

John Proctor

John works as an attorney full-time but spends the majority (all) of his free time with fantasy football. He participates in pretty much every type of NFL fantasy format, from MFL10s, to redraft, to dynasty, and most of all - NFL DFS. He is also a co-host of the DFS Power Hour Podcast and a contributor at FantasyLabs.

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