Week one of the 2021 NFL season is in the books. How are you feeling? Are you undefeated, atop the world, dauntless? Or are you winless; a bit of scum-sucking highway trash, unworthy of calling yourself a human? No matter who you are, we are here to help you with your week two roster decisions. If you found yourself worried about your quarterback position, never fear. We have three quarterback sleepers for you for fantasy football week two. To qualify for this list, a player must be available in at least 50% of Yahoo! Leagues. And don’t worry, one of these quarterback sleepers is available in at least 90% of leagues for those of you reading this article by looking down your nose (I see you!). Without further ado, let’s get started…
Sleeper Quarterback #1:
Mac Jones at New York Jets (25% rostered)
I am going to be brutally honest with you: Mac Jones looked infinitely better than I thought he would against the Miami Dolphins. He actually looked how I thought Aaron Rodgers would look in week one, and vice versa. So, don’t be afraid of the rookie signal-caller. After all, Bill Belichick cut Cam Newton to make sure everyone knew that it was Mac Jones’ team. Jones’ week one stats aren’t overwhelmingly impressive (281 yards and 1 touchdown). But, both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson had inopportune fumbles, which blunted any touchdown upside for Jones. He has a connection with several receivers and constantly worked downfield. It sucks for the AFC East, but they have someone new to contend with in New England already.
This week, he gets the Jets. While the Jets’ defense is better than they have been in years past, they likely aren’t quite up to snuff for rookie head coach Robert Saleh. This unit let Sam Darnold throw for 279 yards and a touchdown against them last week. So, don’t think they’re some sort of world killers. Let’s lean into this matchup and stream Mac Jones for some nice solid floor points, and maybe Harris and Stevenson won’t fumble away Mac’s fantasy points this week?
Sleeper Quarterback #2:
Teddy Bridgewater at Jacksonville (14% rostered)
The Jaguars let Tyrod Taylor finish week one as the QB11, which is mind-boggling. Tyrod is fine, and he definitely exceeded expectations, but finishing as a top-12 QB in your first start for a moribund and rudderless franchise certainly makes me wonder what the hell they are up to in Jacksonville. I’ll keep that “target the worst team in 2020” energy flowing this week with Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater finished last week with 20.46 fantasy points on 264 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 19 rushing yards. All of that feels well within the range of outcomes this week against the Jags. It feels doubly likely since they allowed 291 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 40 rushing yards to Tyrod Taylor last week. Bridgewater is at least competent, and the K.J. Hamler & Tim Patrick emerging as bona fide weapons last week after the Broncos lost Jerry Jeudy for half the season helps to bolster his fantasy football floor.
Sleeper Quarterback #3:
Andy Dalton versus Cincinnati (2% rostered)
Andy Dalton had an absolutely dreadful week one. But, so would you if you were looking over your shoulder at both Justin Fields and Aaron Donald. So, in the end, he had fewer fantasy points than Justin Fields. So what? He inexplicably gets the nod again this week in a revenge game. But, you have to ask yourself: is Andy Dalton that much worse than Kirk Cousins? Or are they sort of similar in skillsets? Because the Bengals let Kirk Cousins finish week one with 351 passing yards and two touchdowns.
This is one I will fear all week long until Sunday because there’s a non-zero chance that Justin Fields just takes over at some point in any given Andy Dalton Game. But if you’re starting Andy Dalton, then you’re exceptionally desperate. If you just need points from someone who will start all game, then check out Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland (8% rostered).