Fantasy football: A Week 2 recap and players to take off the waiver wire for Week 3

Cat Vasquez
Austin American-Statesman

Sunday night's NFL contest between the Ravens and Chiefs matched the drama of a recent run of prime time gems. 

Not only did Lamar Jackson lead his team to a big win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Jackson also bounced back from a subpar Week 1. The Ravens' QB led the team with 107 rushing yards and accounted for three touchdowns. 

Mahomes and Travis Kelce pleased fantasy managers as well. Kelce led the team with seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown while Mahomes threw for 343 yards and three scores.

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Highlighting Week 2, Derrick Henry busted out for 182 yards and three scores while catching six passes for 55 more yards. Tom Brady tossed five touchdown passes, two of them going to Rob Gronkowski. That makes nine touchdown strikes in two weeks for the 44-year-old.

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) tries to get around Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.

Kyler Murray is really starting to look like a fantasy league winner as he amassed 400 yards and threw for three touchdowns. He ran for a score for the second week in a row. Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett, rookie Rondale Moore, Marquise Brown and Henry Ruggs were among the week's receiving leaders.

On the other end of the spectrum, Dak Prescott, despite winning the game, had a fantasy performance to forget. So did Jameis Winston after a stellar Week 1. And Clyde Edwards-Helaire is looking bad after two weeks. Joe Mixon, Johnathan Taylor and Alvin Kamara disappointed as well.

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Here are some names you should consider plucking off the waiver wire heading into Week 3:

Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys: In deeper leagues he's not available, but in typical leagues he could be out there for the taking. It looks like the Cowboys are getting to the point of utilizing two backs more frequently. Pollard led Dallas with 109 yards despite having three fewer carries than Ezekiel Elliott.

Rondale Moore, WR, Cardinals: He's got the goods to be a spark plug playmaker and he showed off in Week 2, catching seven passes for 114 yards and a score against the Vikings.

Rookie Rondale Moore had 114 yards and a touchdown receiving against the Vikings.

K.J. Osborn, WR, Vikings: I suggested him on last week's list and since he's still widely available, I'll throw his name out there again. For the second week in a row he was targeted at least six times. He finished with 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals.

Henry Ruggs, WR, Raiders: Derek Carr has played well so far and Ruggs has had at least five targets in each game. He caught five of his seven targets in Week 2 on the way to 113 yards and a touchdown.

Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants: Shepard's another player that was on last week's list who's still available. He had more targets this week and finished with nine catches for 94 yards against Washington.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RB, Falcons: He's always been versatile and that quality is needed with the Falcons right now as they look for any productive assets. Patterson rushed seven times for 11 yards and scored. He also caught five passes for 58 yards and another TD.

Michael Pittman, WR, Colts: Pittman isn't as available as some of the others on this list, but he's worth a look especially since he gets to face a bad Titans pass defense this week. He had 123 yards against the Rams.

Sam Darnold, QB, Panthers: A week after the Saints held down Aaron Rodgers, Darnold threw for 305 yards and two scores against them. Darnold will face some weaker defenses in the next couple of weeks.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: Carr is still available in a lot of leagues and has 817 yards and four touchdown passes in two games.

J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington: He caught five passes for 83 yards against the Giants. You'll want to only use him in games where Washington is expected to trail.

Daniel Jones, QB, Giants: He completed 22 passes and threw a TD in each of his first two games. He also rushed for a touchdown in both games. There's nothing wrong with adding him to the roster for when your star QB has a bye.

Panthers defense/special teams: Carolina has 10 sacks and three interceptions through the first two games. The Panthers have also allowed just 21 points and they get to face a Houston team that may have to start a rookie QB.