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Top Fantasy Football Performers Of Week 3

Scoring is still off the charts as one running back bursts through with a legendary performance while a Super Bowl winning quarterback rebounds.

It's hard to pinpoint one factor behind it but the scoring in the NFL this season has seemed to be rather over the top. 21 teams this week so far have scored over 20 points while half of that number have crossed the 30 point threshold. Whether it's the lack of correct calls from the replacement referees or all the recently added NFL rules that seem to handcuff defenses, scoring just seems to be coming as easy as ever in today's league.

For fantasy football owners, that's both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because on any given week, anyone could come out of the woodwork to score a monster amount of points, but it's bad because it makes it even harder to track the more consistent players and makes roster decisions even more difficult than normal.

Overall, it's getting to the point where it's not the better roster that wins each week, it's the guy who lucks out in putting just the right guys out there. Granted, that seems like every year, but it just feels different in 2012. My advice is this, and it's simple; go with your gut and never second guess your picks. You aren't going to get everyone right, but that doesn't mean you have to beat yourself up over it.

 

Week 3's Top Performers

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers- 36 of 49 384 yards 4 tds (39 points)

When the Steelers exited the playoffs unexpectedly last season, the owners promised a return to a more ground orientated attack from the black and gold. Well, as of right now, both their defense and the landscape of the NFL is dead set against Pittsburgh having a dominant rushing game. Fortunately, when you have one of the top 5 QB's in the game, you can get by with throwing the football well. It didn't get them the W this week but it wasn't from lack of scoring.

 

Running Back

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs- 233 yards rushing, 1 td. 6 rec 55 yards (34 points)

Welcome back to premier fantasy status Jamaal Charles. Now could you have done this on a week I didn't bench you? Kidding aside, this week showed that the Chiefs' top weapon is in prime form and I expect Charles to get his shot at all the carries he can muster in the coming weeks as Kansas City looks to establish themselves.

 

Wide Receiver

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals- 9 rec, 183 yds 1 td. 11 rushing yds (25 points)

Ok, it's official, J.J. Green is pretty darn good and it doesn't matter who throws him the ball, whether its a QB or a fellow wideout tossing the rock. Green has continued his explosive rookie display from last season with a great sophomore start punctuated by a memorable performance against the Redskins this week. Expect great things to come from this young man as Cincy will continue to look to air it out.

 

Tight End

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers- 8 rec 60 yds 2 tds (18 points)

Perhaps the most underrated tight end in football, all Heath Miller does is whatever is needed from him. Whether it's delivering the big block or making the big catch, Miller can do it all. Under the Steelers 'new' offense, Miller has become a prime target and a must start for anyone not having any of the truly elite tight ends.

 

Kickers

Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs- 6 for 6 w 1 xp (19 points)

The Chiefs are a run first team and the pitfalls of not having a great complementary passing game is that drives tend to stall inside the 30. Of course, if you are looking for a good kicker for solid points, then Succop is your man as he will benefit from all those stalled drives with plenty of oppurtunities.

 

Rookie Watch

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts- 22-46 313 yds 2 td 1 int. 4 rushes 50 yds (27 points)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has stolen headlines with his impressive star. Not to be outdone completely, Colts rookie Andrew Luck has been almost equally impressive, showing an ability to quickly adjust to the much faster NFL. Both Luck and Griffin are showing the fantasy world that rookie quarterbacks are not to be overlooked lightly as they continue to post solid numbers and points.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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