Start: QB Tyrod Taylor, Browns
Sit: Sam Bradford, Cardinals
Veteran fantasy players know there is a difference between being a good NFL quarterback and one that scores a lot of fantasy points. Taylor did not exactly have a stellar debut for the Browns, as he completed just 15 of 40 pass attempts against the Steelers in Week 1. Thanks to 77 rushing yards and a touchdown he did have a good fantasy day.
Given his struggles in Week 1, why am I telling you to start him in Week 2? Taylor faces a Saints defense that just allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw for more than 400 yards. The Browns played in adverse weather conditions last week, but Taylor gets the comfort of a controlled environment thanks to the Superdome in New Orleans. Keep in mind, Taylor scored more than 23 fantasy points on a day when he was not playing at a high level. Taylor is going to bounce back thanks to having plenty of weapons in Cleveland including Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon.
"It was not pretty in the statistics category, for sure,'' Taylor told Cleveland.com. "At the end, we still had a chance to win the game and that's what really what it boils down to. I've never been a stats guy. Yes, it would be ideal to come out and light up the stat chart, but wins and losses are ultimately what a quarterback is judged on, and today was a tie.''
Sam Bradford had a much worse outing in Week 1 against the Redskins, and there is little silver lining as the quarterback endured boos from the crowd in his Arizona debut. Bradford threw for just 153 yards, an interception and did not throw a touchdown. This week, Bradford faces a revamped Rams defense. Even if Bradford had a good matchup, I would not be starting him given the other options at quarterback unless I was forced to in a two-quarterback league. New Cardinals coach Steve Wilks admitted he was surprised by Bradford's performance.
“I think he’s going to be fine moving forward," Wilks told Arizona's 98.7 Sports Radio. "Very surprising, because he’s normally pretty accurate with his throws and putting it where it needs to be. Why was that (not the case Sunday)? I couldn’t tell you. But again, it’s his first game, we got a lot of football left.”
There are a number of other waiver wire quarterback options if Taylor is not available in your league. Dak Prescott is due for a bounce-back performance against the Giants. Sam Darnold has a plus matchup against the Dolphins. Alex Smith is a solid option against the Colts. Eli Manning is also an option against the Cowboys.