Week 2 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Candidates: Quarterbacks
Wondering who to start and sit at quarterback this week? Below are two top-notch start and two sit options at the quarterback position for Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season.
Week 1 Review – half-PPR scoring
- QB Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills – 10.80 (QB29)
- QB Justin Fields, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers – 14.64 (QB23)
- QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – 4.70 (QB32)
- QB Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns – 19.00 (QB13
Quarterbacks - Starts
Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Minnesota Vikings’ new head coach Kevin O’Connell has ushered in a new era for the Minnesota offense by creating a far more quarterback-friendly environment than ex-head coach Mike Zimmer had previously.
|Team||3+ WR % (Rank)||No Huddle (Rank)||Pass Rate Over Expectation (Rank)||Avg. Defenders in Box (Rank)|
|2022 Minnesota Vikings||68.8% (12th)||13.3% (8th)||4.3% (11th)||6.15 (11th)|
|2021 Minnesota Vikings||54.4% (26th)||5.4% (24th)||-2.3% (11th)||6.41 (22nd)|
All data above comes from 4for4’s NFL Team Stats Explorer.
O’Connell kept Green Bay’s vaunted defense breathless last week, repeatedly skipping the huddle en route to a 23-7 victory. The significant increase in three wide-receiver sets, combined with the 11th softest number of average defenders in the box, kept Cousins cozy. The offensive line did their part, producing the league’s 10th-best quarterback pressure rate, 2.9%, a promising sign ahead of this week’s opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, whose defensive unit was held in check by the Detroit Lions’ blockers.
*4for4’s full QB rankings can be found here.
Marcus Mariota (Atlanta Falcons) @ Los Angeles Rams
Marcus Mariota has found fresh fantasy life as the starting quarterback in Atlanta, his Week 1 performance keyed by 12 rushing attempts, 8.2 attempts more than the 3.8 he averaged as a starter in Tennessee from 2015-2019. The veteran quarterback excitingly tallied 50% of Atlanta’s rushes both in the red zone and inside the opponent’s five-yard line last week, unlocking serious fantasy potential moving forward. It is important to note that committee running back Damien Williams missed time with a rib injury but Mariota’s 72 rushing yards and one touchdown landed him top-three at the position, which will hardly dissuade head coach Arthur Smith from utilizing Mariota’s mobility in the coming weeks. Atlanta’s Week 2 foe, the Los Angeles Rams, were tagged for 122 rushing yards last week, 14th most in the league.
Quarterback – Sits
Matthew Stafford (Los Angeles Rams) vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons' fantasy defense/special teams unit made the streaming defense article this week as a deep streaming pick, and that was in large part due Los Angeles’ offensive line woes. Both starting center Brian Allen and starting left tackle Joseph Noteboom suffered in-game knee injuries for Los Angeles last week. Although Noteboom is expected to play in Week 2, he will be doing so at less than 100%, while Allen is likely out for the rest of September.
Stafford was under pressure on 30% of his dropbacks last week, tied for sixth most in the NFL, per 4for4’s NFL Team Stat Explorer. The Rams’ explosive pass play rate tumbled from their 2021 top-two rate of 10.3%, down to a bottom-three, 4.5%. Atlanta’s defensive front is definitively not on par with Buffalo’, but head coach Arthur Smith was able to generate a top-12 quarterback pressure rate by blitzing 1-2 linebackers at top-six rates in both categories. The fact that Atlanta has two top-tier cornerbacks in A.J. Terrell and Casey Hayward does not help.
Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) @ San Francisco 49ers
Geno Smith and his Seattle Seahawks pulled off a primetime upset of the Denver Broncos, a move that will surely inflate his fantasy potential in the minds of Monday Night Football viewers. While Smith was able to work his way to the second-highest completion percentage over expectation, 12.0%, he did so by dinking and dunking his way to the T-17th ranked average depth of target, 5.1 yards, per 4for4’s NFL Player Stat Explorer.