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Week 2 Heat Index: Rondale Moore, Daniel Jones, K.J. Osborn (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Scott Youngson | @fantasymutant | Featured Writer
Sep 21, 2021

Week 2 is in the books, and as usual, several players surpassed expectations. Below are the ones with relatively low ownership who are the most intriguing. Each player’s stats and positional rank (based on half-point PPR, ranks through Sunday’s games) for Week 2 is listed along with some analysis and, of course, their Heat Index based on a scale of 🔥-to-🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.

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Daniel Jones (QB – NYG)

Stat-line:  22-32 passing for 249 yards and 1 TD, 95 yards rushing with a TD

QB Rank:  4

Analysis: Much of Jones’ production came on the ground Thursday night. He finished the week second in QB rushing yards to only Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL). While this level of running is not sustainable, Jones did rush for over 400 yards last season in 14 games, so it is not a complete fluke. Perhaps the most encouraging sign from Jones in Week 2 was that he didn’t turn the ball over – something that haunted him last year. While he’s probably still not starter material in 1 QB leagues, he may be playing himself into the streamer conversation and is definitely someone to nab in 2QB and Superflex formats.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥🔥

Derek Carr (QB – LV)

Stat-line:  28-37 passing for 382 yards and 2 TDs

QB Rank:  7

Analysis:  Carr put together another strong showing against another strong defense (albeit a short-handed one) Week 2 and didn’t need overtime to do it this time. This year, the “King of Dink-and-Dunk” has been anything but so far, averaging 8.8 yards per attempt – which is good for 7th in the league. If the Raiders continue to struggle to run the ball, Carr may be Fantasy relevant as something more than a bye-week fill-in this year.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥🔥

Wide Receivers

Rondale Moore (WR – ARI)

Stat-line:  7 catches on 8 targets for 114 yards and a TD

WR Rank:  5

Analysis:  Moore was electric Week 2, highlighted by a 77-yard TD just before halftime. He’s received plenty of targets so far this year despite playing less than half of the offensive snaps. If he keeps performing, though, the rookie’s role may increase. The biggest problem for Moore is the competition for touches on his team. With 3 other viable receivers in tow, along with the suddenly relevant Maxx Williams (TE – ARI), there will be some weeks where Moore disappoints. He should be viewed as a “boom-or-bust” player at this point, but he has the potential to expand on that as he gains experience.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥🔥🔥

Henry Ruggs III (WR – LV)

Stat-line:  5 catches on 7 targets for 113 yards and a TD

WR Rank:  8

Analysis:  Ruggs had the best Fantasy game of his young career on Sunday, beating the Steelers deep on several occasions and showing off his incredible speed. He’s gotten his fair share of targets so far this year but has only converted 58% of them. Much of this is due to his being among the league leaders in aDOT (average depth of target), but his 8.3% drop rate doesn’t help. He’ll likely be up and down this season due to the nature of his game but should have a few more weeks like this one ahead.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥🔥

Freddie Swain (WR – SEA)

Stat-line:  5 catches on 5 targets for 95 yards and a TD

WR Rank:  10

Analysis:  Swain has established himself as the clear #3 wideout on the Seahawks this season. After doing nothing Week 1, he exploded for 95 yards and a TD Week 2. However, this was an overtime game against a Titans’ secondary that leaves a lot to be desired. Swain is someone to keep an eye on, but it’s doubtful he’ll have consistent Fantasy value unless D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA) or Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA) were to miss time.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥

K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN)

Stat-line:  5 catches on 6 targets for 91 yards and a TD

WR Rank:  10

Analysis:  Osborn appears to have beaten out Dede Westbrook (WR – MIN) for the #3 receiver position on the Vikings, and through 2 weeks, is putting up similar numbers to Adam Thielen (WR – MIN) and Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN). With the injury to Irv Smith (TE – MIN), the Vikings receiving tree is fairly limited, so Osborn has the upside to play himself into Flex consideration should he keep this up.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥🔥

Running Backs

Cordarrelle Patterson (RB/WR, ATL)

Stat-line:  11 yards rushing and a TD, 5 catches on 6 targets for 58 yards and a TD

RB Rank:  4

Analysis:  Patterson is a bit of a gadget player and qualifies at both RB and WR in many leagues. The now 30-year-old has always had value on special teams but has never been a consistent fantasy option. The Falcons seem committed to getting him the ball so far this year, though, and on Sunday, he made the most of it with TDs on the ground and through the air. It’s hard to imagine him being a reliable option week-in and week-out, though, as his role likely wouldn’t change much even if Mike Davis were to miss time.

Heat Index:  🔥

J.D. McKissic (RB – WAS)

Stat-line:  10 yards rushing and a TD, 5 catches on 6 targets for 83 yards

RB Rank:  5

Analysis:  After a virtual no-show Week 1, McKissic reminded us why he was a Fantasy relevant player in 2020 during Week 2. Despite some talk this offseason that Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS) would be more involved in the passing game, it was once again McKissic who assumed that role against the Giants last Thursday. His value is mainly limited to PPR leagues, however, as he rarely rushes the ball.

Heat Index:  🔥🔥

Tight Ends

Maxx Williams (TE – ARI)

Stat-line:  7 catches on 7 targets for 94 yards

TE Rank:  3

Analysis:  Williams put up a goose-egg Week 1 despite playing 55 snaps. So his 7-catch, 94-yard outburst Week 2 was a bit of a shocker. Given that Williams only had 8 catches all of last season (in 9 games), we’ll write this one up to just being one of those special games for him for now.

Heat Index:  🔥

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