It depends upon your DVD/CD player, what sort of outputs it has, and its bass management settings.
Some players have an extra pair of L/R analog outputs to which the player's bass mangement settings are NOT applied and these can be used just for what you describe. However, some players have this extra pair of L/R analog outputs, but the bass management settings used for the multichannel analog outs are still applied to these outputs, as well. In this case, if your player's front speaker size settings are set to SMALL, these extra outputs would obviously NOT be useful for what you describe.
But, if your player's front speaker size settings are set to LARGE, then you have no problem either way. 2-channel sources played back via the multichannel analog inputs of your receiver will be played back correctly, in stereo, OR 2-channel sources played back via an extra pair of the player's L/R analog outputs will be played back correctly, in stereo. If you DO have the extra pair of L/R analog outputs and your player's speaker size settings are set to SMALL, you need to determine whether the player's bass management settings are applied to these extra outputs or not.
However, if your player does NOT have an extra pair of L/R analog outputs or if its extra pair of L/R analog outputs are still bass managed according to your player's bass management settings, and the player's front speaker size is set to SMALL, then in order to properly use the player's analog outputs for 2-channel listening, you will have to go into the player's setup menus and set the player up for 2-channel playback when you want to use it for stereo listening. This is what I have to do with my Denon2200, which is normally setup with all the speakers set to SMALL. I can change one setting in its setup menus from "Multichannel" to "2-Channel" for 2-channel playback and this will playback 2-channel sources properly. My player still remembers the multichannel settings, with speaker sizes set to SMALL, when I switch it back to "Multichannel".
Of course, as you already know, with the proper settings in your receiver, you can use a digital (optical or coax) connection from your player to the receiver for 2-channel playback. This is how I normally use my setup. I use my multichannel analog connection (with the player's speaker sizes set to SMALL) for listening to bass-managed CDs, SACDs, DVD-As, and DVDs. For 2-channel, non-bass-managed CD listening, I use my player's coax connection. For 2-channel, non-bass-managed listening of my SACDs and DVD-As (or if I want to use the player's DACs for CDs), I have to change my player's settings to "2-Channel" as the hirez info on SACDs and DVD-As canNOT be passed via my coax connection.
What manufacturer and model# is your player?