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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 3

Week 2 was just wild and we loved it. Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about.


RISING


Quarterbacks


Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins: He played a decent game in Week 1, but nobody thought he'd throw six touchdown passes in Week 2. Given he's shown us his upside, it'll be hard to keep him on fantasy benches from here on out, even when facing tough teams like the Bills in Week 3.


Jalen Hurts, Eagles: He took the hurt to the Vikings on Monday night and looked great. He's one of the top fantasy quarterbacks and has thrown just one TD pass. That's because he's rushed for 147 yards and three TDs in two games.


Carson Wentz, Commanders: It looks like Wentz can do enough with this team to warrant at least a roster spot on some fantasy teams. He could even end up being a nice streaming option when the matchup is good.


Running backs


Aaron Jones, Packers: After a tough first week with only five carries, things shifted back to normal as the lead back for the Packers had 18 touches for 170 total yards and two scores.


David Montgomery, Bears: Despite the poor showing of his team's offense, Montgomery has had at least 15 rushes in each of the first two games, and he rushed for 122 yards in Week 2. He has good matchups coming up as well.


Tony Pollard, Cowboys: He went from eight touches in Week 1 to 13 touches in Week 2. He also eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage, including a 46-yard reception followed by a 1-yard TD plunge.


Wide receivers


Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions: Just fire him up every week after seeing him get 12 targets for the second consecutive week, gaining 116 yards and scoring twice.


Christian Kirk, Jaguars: Last week he had six catches on 12 targets for 117 yards which is good. But he topped that by scoring twice in Week 2, gaining 78 yards while catching all six of his targets.


Rashod Bateman, Ravens: He's on a two-game scoring streak, but this time around he eclipsed 100 yards receiving on four catches.


Defense/Special Teams


Bills: They obliterated the Titans and held Derrick Henry to just 1.9 yards per carry. They have a potentially tough matchup with the Dolphins but should fare decently with how well they've been playing.


Eagles: Philly held the Vikings down all night and made Kirk Cousins look like the worst version of himself. They picked him three times and sacked him twice and get to face Wentz next.


FALLING


Quarterbacks


Justin Fields, Bears: We gave him a pass for the bad weather game, but he somehow threw even fewer passes (11) in Week 2. Stay away from Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet until the Bears start throwing the ball.


Matt Ryan, Colts: I thought he was just getting used to his new squad in Week 1, but he played terribly in Week 2 as he tossed for less than 200 yards and threw three picks to the Jaguars.


Tom Brady, Buccaneers: Two games averaging just around 200 yards and only one TD for each game and you're upset with those numbers. And he'll be without a suspended Mike Evans in Week 3.


Running backs


Rex Burkhead, Texans: It can be a bit frustrating, trying to manage a team dependent on the whims of a head coach. Burkhead, who had 22 touches in Week 1 in favor of rookie Dameon Pierce, had no carries and two catches in Week 2 as the rookie got a chance to lead the backfield.


Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys: How could he be falling in consecutive weeks? Well, he had double-digit carries again, but gained just 53 yards, one yard better than Week 1. Worse, he had just one catch for minus-4 yards, giving him a two-week total of two catches for minus-7 yards.


Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons: We didn't expect him to have 25 touches for 136 yards and a score in the second week as well, but we expected better than 10 rushes for 41 yards and zero targets.


Wide receivers


Kenny Golladay, Giants: After a disappointing start to the season, things got a lot worse for Golladay. He played just two snaps in the Giants' win in Week 2. Will he even be on the team in Week 3?


JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chiefs: He had a decent Week 1 but ended up with just three catches on three targets for 10 yards in Week 2.


Chase Claypool, Steelers: For the second week in a row he had four catches on six targets but for less than 30 yards.


Defense/Special Teams


Colts: With bad performances against the Texans and Jaguars to start the season, it won't get better with the Chiefs on the horizon.




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