With Monday Night Football in the books, it’s time to flip the script to Week 3. But be aware that Week 2 was not too kind when it comes to injuries.
Tua Tagovailoa, Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor, Dalvin Cook, Nico Collins, Andy Dalton, Darrell Henderson Jr., Carson Wentz, Deebo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell, Diontae Johnson, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty were all dinged up or worse over the weekend, so the Week 3 waiver wire is going to be essential to bolster fantasy rosters.
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Andy Dalton left Sunday’s contest after injuring his knee on a scramble out of bounds. He did not return and his status as the starter is in question for Week 3.
Fields finished just 6-for-13 for 60 yards passing with an interception in relief, but he added 10 carries for 31 yards. The rookie’s fantasy appeal is tied to his rushing — he will be a borderline top-12 option next week if he is the starter with Dalton sidelined.
Teddy Two Gloves is delivering as the Broncos' starting quarterback. He has posted back-back weeks with 20-plus fantasy points, earning an 80.2 PFF passing grade with a 77% completion rate. Anyone scrambling to find a fantasy quarterback should look toward the Mile High passer. He takes on the Jets’ poor secondary in Week 3.
Contrary to the popular belief, Derek Carr is #goodatfootball. The Raiders quarterback leads the league in passing yards (409 per game) and ranks sixth in PFF passing grade (82.5) despite two tough matchups versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens to open the year.
Miami’s defense in Week 3 is no layup, but Carr has proven enough to be trusted as a plugin-play option off the waiver wire. Carr has tossed 300-plus yards in his last six games dating back to the end of the 2020 season.
Brace yourself for this stat: Daniel Jones is PFF’s second-highest graded passer through the first two weeks of the season, behind only the GOAT Tom Brady. His efficient passing and 122 added rushing yards — third among all QBs — has resulted in 25 fantasy points per game.
The fantasy success should continue with Jones’ easiest matchup to date in Week 3 — the Atlanta Falcons. The Dirty Birds have allowed the most fantasy points to the quarterback position in 2021.