Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Highlighting the Best Offensive Players so Far
It's only two weeks into the 2012 NFL season, but while it's still very early in the year (the football year, anyway) we're already starting to get some idea of who the stars of fantasy football are going to be for the 2012 campaign.
Obviously these studs are players that should be locked into fantasy lineups, so let's hand out some gold stars by looking at the top offensive scorers in point-per-reception fantasy football leagues so far in 2012.
QB: Robert Griffin, Washington Redskins
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It's deja vu all over again, as for the second consecutive year the National Football League is being taken by storm by a rookie quarterback.
Washington Redskins signal-caller Robert Griffin III has been everything the team dared hoped he'd be when they moved up in April's draft to select the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.
The former Baylor star has averaged over 260 passing yards a game, posted a quarterback rating of over 110 and his five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) are enough to narrowly edge him past Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons for the top spot among quarterbacks through two games.
RB: C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
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The top fantasy running back after two games is an even bigger surprise than at quarterback, as this player wasn't even starting when the season began.
However, the knee sprain suffered by tailback Fred Jackson in the season opener thrust C.J. Spiller into the starting lineup for the Buffalo Bills, and since then the third-year pro has taken the job and, well, run with it.
The 25-year-old has averaged a ridiculous 10.1 yards on 29 carries, and with 292 yards on the ground, Spiller not only leads the NFL in rushing but also leads all players at his position in fantasy points.
WR: Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
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You can tell it's still early in the 2012 season, because the list of top fantasy scorers isn't exactly a rundown of the usual suspects.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams had a fair amount of sleeper potential entering this year after an elbow injury cost him almost all of the 2011 season, and so far the fourth-year pro has lived up to that billing and then some.
Amendola has reeled in 20 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown to this point in the season, and his 15-catch, 160-yard career day in last week's win over the Washington Redskins was enough to propel the 26-year-old past Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and into the top spot among fantasy wideouts.
TE: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
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Finally, a familiar face.
The New Orleans Saints have been a disappointment to this point in the season, but that hasn't been the fault of tight end Jimmy Graham, as fantasy's second-ranked tight end has picked up right where he left off in 2011.
The third-year pro has reeled in at least six passes for at least 70 yards with a touchdown in each of the Saints first two contests, putting him slightly ahead of Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots among fantasy tight ends.