As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
QB: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts — Last week, Manning once again proved that he is one of the league’s elite passers. Completing 24 of 35 passes for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns, Manning compiled an impressive 29 fantasy points. It not for his lone interception, Manning would have had another nearly perfect game.
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars — Jones-Drew certainly caught everyone’s attention last week. After accumulating 119 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, nearly all fantasy owners were either loving or hating MJD. Running against one of the worst rush defenses in the league, it is a wonder he didn’t do more damage than he did. Earning 31 fantasy points, MJD was certainly the Fantasy Stud of the Week.
WR: Santana Moss, Washington Redskins — After two weeks of forgettable performances, Moss reminded everyone in week 3 why he should be taken seriously. Moss caught 10 passes for a career high 178 yards and 1 touchdown against the Lions after having just 5 receptions for 41 yards in weeks 1 and 2 combined. Moss’s 23 fantasy points were tops amongst wide receivers last week.
TE: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers — Another player experiencing a breakout performance last week was Davis, who reeled in 7 receptions for 96 yards and a career high 2 touchdowns. With the injury to Frank Gore, the 49ers are claiming they are not changing their gameplan, but Davis certainly appears to be a bigger part of the offense this year than in the past. He may not be able to amass 21 fantasy points every week, but he will certainly not be a bottom feeder in your league(s) the rest of the season.
K: Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks — A relative unknown, Mare proved to be the best fantasy kicker last week. Connecting on 4 field goals, including two 40+ yard tri-fectas, and tacking on an extra point, Mare’s 15 points were tops amongst kickers in week 3.
D/ST: Dallas Cowboys — After two pathetic outings, the Cowboys’ defense finally showed up to play last week. By allowing a miserly 7 points and totaling 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery and 1 touchdown, the Cowboys scored 19 fantasy points, best in the league in week 3.
ROOKIE: Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings — It only took until week 3 to see our first repeat fantasy focus mention. Once again, Harvin found a way to make a difference last week. He only had 51 receiving yards and -8 rushing yards, but had an impressive 180 return yards, including a 101-yard return for a touchdown. Harvin’s 20 fantasy points were the highest amongst NFL rookies last week.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!