High scoring games continue to be the trend and with it comes fantasy football performances that have a ton of owners dancing on their couches. While the names behind these top performances may not be regulars, if you own them and started them, then give yourself props for doing it right. If you are facing these men, then I'm sorry for your loss, literally.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 15 of 26 328 yards 3 TDs 1 INT. (29 points)
While his completions weren't nothing to write home about, the end result of them were. With a pair of 62 yard passes to boost his stats, Freeman managed to compile an impressive fantasy day. Owners who made use of him on a bye this week should be doing cartwheels and should happily put him back on the bench as his production is still erratic at best.
Shonn Green, New York Jets: 32 carries for 161 yards, 3 TDs (34 points)
On a day where the Jets passing game didn't even eclipse the century mark, it was a great defensive performance combined with an all-pro day by Shonn Green that saved Rex Ryan from another week of criticism. Green entered this game with just 100 total rushing yards in the past three games combined and ended up posting a career high 161. While he is still a spotty start at best in the future, this performance is enough to warrant him more playing time by fantasy owners.
AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals: 7 receptions for 135 yards, 2 TDs (25 points)
Green continues to amaze in his sophomore year, making circus-like catches and establishing himself as one of the best wideouts in the game. Over his past six games, Green is averaging a touchdown per game and has topped 110 yards a game in half of them. He continues to be a must start and should eat up a weak Steelers secondary next week.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: 6 receptions 56 yards 1 TD (13 points)
Kyle Rudolph is emerging as a must start fantasy football tight end. With 5 touchdowns in his past five games, he is a legitimate threat to score whenever the Vikings get into the red zone. His high production and the Vikings impressive start makes Rudolph a staple of any starting lineup.
Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions: 4 for 4 with 2 extra points (14 points)
When you go for kickers in fantasy football, you are looking for reliable guys that will give you steady points each week. Hanson is that guy. With a fantasy football average of 11.6 points per week and three weeks of four or more field goals, Hanson is a must start kicker who will get you solid points.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: 17 for 22 182 yards 1 rushing TD, 1 INT. 13 rushes, 138 yards 2 TDs (36 points)
RGIII has been a staple to 'rookie watch' this season and he continues that trend with a lights out performance against a tough Minnesota Vikings squad. While his passing skills still show first year jitters, his legs know exactly what to do; and that’s score. Showing no signs of the concussion that sidelined him last week, RGIII again proved that he isn't your normal rookie.
Waiver Wire Watch
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: 11 rushes 76 yards. 2 receptions 23 yards. (9 points)
With the upcoming release of Steven Jackson at the end of the season, Richardson is slowly stepping up production in the Rams offense. The 22 year old is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and should see his production rise as the season goes on.
Chris Givens, WR St. Louis Rams: 3 receptions 85 yards (8 points)
It's an all-Rams waiver wire watch for fantasy owners as Givens has made it onto the radar with his great speed. For the year, Givens is averaging 28.1 yards per catch and now has three straight games with a catch over 50 yards. As the season progresses so will his skills and production. Grab him if you need some depth or a bye week replacement.
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