Fantasy football QB tiers and streamers for Week 2

With the first week of the 2021 NFL season officially in the books, here are our fantasy football QB tiers and streamers for Week 2.

One of the most universal strategies in fantasy football that is widely recognized amongst managers is QB streaming. Let’s discuss QB tiers and streamers you should have on your radar as you set your lineups for Week 2.

Week 2 QB tiers

While individual rankings will always be valuable for weekly decisions, a tier-based approach at QB can help find similar production ranges.

Tier 1

Patrick Mahomes II | Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL
Kyler Murray | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills @ MIA

Tier 2

Tom Brady | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
Jalen Hurts | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
Dak Prescott | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC

Tier 3

Ryan Tannehill | Tennessee Titans @ SEA
Justin Herbert | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
Trevor Lawrence | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
Matthew Stafford | Los Angeles Rams @ IND
Kirk Cousins | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons @ TB
Jameis Winston | New Orleans Saints @ CAR
Mac Jones | New England Patriots @ NYJ

Tier 4

Baker Mayfield | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
Taylor Heinicke | Washington Football Team vs. NYG
Joe Burrow | Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
Jimmy Garoppolo | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI
Sam Darnold | Carolina Panthers vs. NO
Teddy Bridgewater | Denver Broncos @ JAX
Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV

Tier 5

Tyrod Taylor | Houston Texans @ CLE
Carson Wentz | Philadelphia Eagles vs. LAR
Tua Tagovailoa | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
Daniel Jones | New York Giants vs. WAS
Jared Goff | Detroit Lions @ GB
Andy Dalton | Chicago Bears vs. CIN

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QB streamers for Week 2

The general premise of a QB streaming strategy in fantasy is to play the matchup each week rather than riding the entire season with one player at the position. It is all about identifying favorable matchups that week and adding that QB off waivers.

When identifying streamers, I consider these things: Vegas betting lines, a defense’s fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and pace trends.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the QB streamers for Week 2.

Mac Jones, New England Patriots

Jones completed 28-of-39 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins. This was an excellent debut for the former Alabama quarterback who finished his final collegiate season in Tuscaloosa as the school’s all-time single-season passing yardage leader (4,500).

According to Stathead, there have been 61 rookie quarterbacks to attempt at least 30 passes in their first career start in NFL history. Yet, Jones is the only one to complete 74% of his attempts. He did a great job keeping his composure against Miami’s pass rush. Jones gets an easier matchup against the Jets in Week 2. New York’s defense allowed Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold to throw for 279 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

Winston went 14-of-20 for 148 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Packers. He took full advantage of a very favorable field position in the matchup. However, his touchdown total was able to provide fantasy managers with a solid Week 1 performance. According to Pro Football Reference, Winston had the fewest passing yards in a 5-passing-touchdown game in NFL history.

The veteran quarterback is on the streaming radar in Week 2 against the Panthers’ secondary. Carolina’s defense recorded 6 sacks against the Jets, but New York’s offensive line isn’t as talented as the one in New Orleans. Winston can be viewed as a QB1 in Week 2.

Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos

Bridgewater showcased the skills in Week 1 that prompted the Broncos’ coaching staff to name him the starter over Drew Lock. He completed 28-of-36 passes for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Giants. He completed all 3 of his passes on fourth down, moving the chains each time.

The perception is that Bridgewater isn’t a viable streamer without wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who will miss time due to a high ankle sprain. This is a mistake because his supporting cast is strong enough to provide you with a solid performance in Week 2 against the Jaguars. Jacksonville’s defense allowed Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor to throw for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1.

Eric Moody is a Senior Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association). He is also the co-host of the In The Mood for Fantasy Football podcast. You can read more of his work here and follow Eric on Twitter @EricNMoody.

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