NFL Scores Week 2: Results and Top Fantasy Football Stars for Sunday Games

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2021

Los Angeles Rams' Cooper Kupp (10) makes a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Derek Carr's emergence as a high-level fantasy football player has been one of the biggest surprises through two weeks of the 2021 NFL season.

On Sunday, Carr followed up his 435-yard performance in Week 1 with 382 passing yards in a road victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carr was not expected to be near the top of the fantasy quarterback rankings at any point, but so far, he has proved that he can produce at a high level.

Carr was not the only surprising quarterback to take hold of the fantasy spotlight in Week 2. Sam Darnold impressed in his second win as the Carolina Panthers quarterback.

Cooper Kupp turned in the best performance of any non-quarterback, as he combined well with Matthew Stafford to find gaps in the Indianapolis Colts secondary.

Below is a look at all of the fantasy football stars from Week 2. The list will be updated after the late-afternoon kickoffs finish.


NFL Week 2 Results

Buffalo 35, Miami 0

Cleveland 31, Houston 21

Carolina 26, New Orleans 7

Chicago 20, Cincinnati 17

Denver 23, Jacksonville 13

New England 25, New York Jets 6

Las Vegas 26, Pittsburgh 17

Los Angeles Rams 27, Indianapolis 24

San Francisco 17, Philadelphia 11

Arizona 34, Minnesota 33

Tampa Bay 48, Atlanta 25

Dallas 20, Los Angeles Chargers 17

Tennessee 33, Seattle 30 (Final/OT)

Baltimore 36, Kansas City 35


Top Fantasy Stars

Derek Carr, QB, LV: 28-of-37, 382 yards, 2 TD

There were concerns about Las Vegas' chances to win in Pittsburgh on Sunday after running back Josh Jacobs was ruled out with a toe and ankle injury.

Carr helped subside any of those worries by throwing for 382 yards at Heinz Field. That came after a 435-yard outing in an overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens.


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Carr had to wait until the third quarter to throw his first touchdown of the game. He picked out Foster Moreau on a nine-yard pass for the only score of that frame.

The other beneficiary of a Carr scoring throw was Henry Ruggs III in the fourth quarter. Carr and Ruggs connected on a 61-yard touchdown pass to answer a Najee Harris receiving touchdown.

In two games, Carr has 817 passing yards on 62 completions. He has a pair of touchdowns in each of his starts.

Carr's performances boosted him up the fantasy quarterback rankings. If he is available on the waiver wire in your leagues, he should be worth the pickup for Week 3's clash with the Miami Dolphins.


Sam Darnold, QB, CAR: 26-of-38, 305 yards, 2 TD

Sam Darnold has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the early NFL season.

The new Carolina Panthers quarterback tore through the New Orleans Saints secondary on Sunday to move the NFC South team to 2-0.


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Darnold eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the first time in a Panthers uniform. He hooked up with D.J. Moore and Brandon Zylstra for touchdown passes.

Darnold only has three passing scores through two weeks, but his early returns are promising as a mid-tier fantasy quarterback.

He likely will not be anywhere close to the top tier of quarterbacks, but he could turn into a solid streaming option or bye-week replacement if he keeps this up.


Kyler Murray, QB, ARI: 29-of-36, 400 yards, 3 TD; 5 carries, 31 yards, TD

Kyler Murray was fantastic for the second straight week.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback torched the Minnesota Vikings secondary for 400 yards, including a 77-yard bomb to Rondale Moore in the second quarter.

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Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins for his first touchdown pass in the opening quarter, and he found A.J. Green on a nine-yard pass in the third.

The former No. 1 overall pick also chipped in a touchdown on the ground from 12 yards out in the second quarter.

Through two weeks, Murray has 689 passing yards, 51 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns. If he keeps that pace up, he will be one of the top fantasy quarterbacks in 2021.


Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL: 18-of-26, 239 yards, TD; 16 carries, 107 yards, 2 TD

Lamar Jackson handed Patrick Mahomes his first September loss in the Sunday night game. 

Jackson was responsible for the final 12 points of the game, as he ran in from two yards out and a yard out to put Baltimore in the lead. 

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That result did not seem likely at the end of the first quarter after Jackson was intercepted twice by Tyrann Mathieu.

Jackson and the Ravens rebounded from the turnovers and kept pace with the Chiefs for a majority of the contest. 

Jackson has near identical passing stats from the first two weeks. In Week 1, he completed 19 of his 30 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. 


Derrick Henry, RB, TEN: 35 carries, 182 yards, 3 TD; 6 receptions, 55 yards

Derrick Henry was responsible for 237 of the Tennessee Titans' 532 total yards in Seattle.

Henry helped the Titans bounce back from a 24-9 deficit at Lumen Field to earn their first win of the season in overtime.

He scored the lone touchdown of the third quarter from nine yards out to help drag the Titans within eight points of the Seahawks.

Henry then responded to a Freddie Swain touchdown catch with back-to-back rushing touchdowns. The first score of the two was a 60-yard scamper with 12:17 left.


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He tied the game with 29 seconds to go on his one-yard touchdown run that finished off a 12-play, 68-yard drive.

Henry's 182 rushing yards Sunday more than tripled the 58 rushing yards he produced in Week 1 versus Arizona.


Nick Chubb, RB, CLE: 11 carries, 95 yards, TD

Nick Chubb was the star of Cleveland's successful day on the ground against Houston.

Chubb averaged 8.6 yards per carry in the 31-21 victory in his team's home opener.


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The 25-year-old finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter on a 26-yard scamper that ended any threat of Houston coming back at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Chubb could have had more than one score, but the red-zone touches in the ground game were spread out.

Fullback Andy Janovich opened the scoring on a one-yard run, and Baker Mayfield used his legs to find the end zone near the end of the second quarter.

Chubb is living up to the designation as one of the top fantasy running backs so far. He has 178 rushing yards and three scores through two weeks.


Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR: 9 receptions, 163 yards, 2 TD

Cooper Kupp caught over half of the passing yards produced by Matthew Stafford.

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Kupp got the Los Angeles Rams on the board first at Lucas Oil Stadium with a 16-yard catch. He connected with Stafford on his second scoring play in the fourth quarter.

Kupp showed signs of his connection with Stafford in Week 1, as he earned 108 yards on seven catches from 10 targets.

The 28-year-old confirmed his status as the Rams' top target in the passing game above Robert Woods with his nine-catch, 163-yard performance.

Kupp had four more receptions and 99 more yards compared to Woods on Sunday. Until that production shifts, Kupp should be viewed as the top option for Stafford.


Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN: 9 receptions, 159 yards

Courtland Sutton did everything but catch a touchdown in Denver's win over Jacksonville.

The SMU product brought in nine of the 26 passes completed by Teddy Bridgewater.

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Sutton caught those passes on 12 targets, which was the highest total earned by any Denver receiver.

Sutton's production came in the absence of Jerry Jeudy. Tim Patrick and Noah Fant were viewed as other potential replacements for the second-year man, but Sutton was the main target to fill Jeudy's void.

The Week 2 output from Sutton could be a sign of things to come. Denver's passing attack has the potential to take advantage of the New York Jets secondary in Week 3.


Travis Kelce, TE, KC: 7 receptions, 109 yards, TD 

Travis Kelce was his usual dominant self Sunday night.

The Kansas City tight end hauled in seven passes for 109 yards. His lone touchdown came on a spectacular individual effort in the third quarter in which he barreled through a handful of defenders to find the end zone. 


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The top-rated fantasy tight end has lived up to his lofty preseason expectations so far. He caught 13 of his 15 targets and made three trips to the end zone. 

We should expect to see more of the same from Kelce in the next two weeks against the Eagles and Chargers as Kansas City gears up for another primetime showdown with the Bills in Week 5. 


Tampa Bay Defense

Mike Edwards was solely responsible for the high point total earned by the Tampa Bay defense.

Edwards picked off Matt Ryan on two occasions in the fourth quarter. He took one pick 31 yards into the end zone. The other pick-six was 15 yards.

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Tampa Bay's defense did not have its best performance of the Bruce Arians era, but the pair of interception returns for touchdowns turned the day around from a fantasy perspective.

The Buccaneers could be in a more difficult situation moving forward, as they take on the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots on the road in the next two weeks.

If they continue to force turnovers, Tampa Bay can absorb some of the touchdown concessions from a fantasy standpoint.