Last week for my fantasy surprises had its ups and downs. Terrance West put together a very nice performance, Larry Donnell had a nice day but it went down from there. Jake Locker looked very inconsistent in an extremely favorable matchup, Justin Hunter faltered as a result of depending on Locker, and the Jaguars defense was atrocious last week. Fortunately, there is still a lot of football to be played (both on the field and fantasy alike), Hopefully my week three surprises can impact your games in a much positive way than they would have in week two.
QB: Ryan Tannehill vs Chiefs: Unless you’re in an extremely deep league, chances are that you won’t have to start Tannehill this week. If that is the case, he is worth a strong look as he has a favorable matchup against the Chiefs secondary. While much has been made about a lack of connection with Mike Wallace, Tannehill has been getting his number one receiver the ball. It’s not like the Dolphins don’t have other weapons on offense besides Wallace either. Look for Tannehill to put up numbers that so many think he’s capable of. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Khiry Robinson vs Vikings: With Mark Ingram out due to a broken hand, the talented Robinson will be getting his touches. Considering how the Vikings have been playing, this one could be decided early which means Robinson will see a lot of work to run down the clock. He’s also a decent receiver so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make an impact in that regard either. Expect around 85 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Brian Quick vs Cowboys: If you don’t trust a receiver getting thrown to by Austin Davis, I couldn’t blame you. However, through two weeks Quick appears to be the clear number option in the Rams passing attack. Going against a softer Cowboys secondary, that means something. With size to make an impact in the red zone, Quick is worth a shot as a third receiver or flex in deep leagues. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Niles Paul vs Eagles: With Jordan Reed injured, Paul has impressed in the chances he’s received. Last week he showed a nice rapport with Kirk Cousins and while a repeat of last week is unlikely, the targets should in what figures to be a high scoring game. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Adam Vinatieri vs Jaguars: Andrew Luck and company are in desperate need of a victory after starting 0-2. Now they have a weaker than expected Jaguars defense to serve as a slump buster. Start Vinatieri with confidence as he’ll get his fair share of opportunities. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Saints vs Vikings: Part of the reason why the Vikings offense was so efficient in week one was they were balanced. Due to the unfortunate Adrian Peterson saga, the team is going to rely more on Matt Cassel. You can win games with Cassel, but if he’s throwing 35 to 40 times it is probably a bad sign. With the Saints at home in need of a victory, look for their defense to get on the right track as Cassel tries to play catch up. Expect around three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.