Fantasy Football: Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson and Sunday's Top 10 Performers
Sunday was filled with upsets, huge plays, and excitement for almost every fantasy football owner. Michael Vick continued his dominance in Philadelphia, while Adrian Peterson had another stellar 130+ yard performance against the Lions.
There were your regular scoring leaders, as well as some less known commodities such as Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns, who put up monster numbers on Sunday.
This slideshow takes a look at the top 10 fantasy football players of this week.
QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick led all quarterbacks in scoring, as he completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while rushing four times for 30 yards and another score.
Vick was named the permanent starter over Kevin Kolb this week, and proved why with his great performance today, leading the Eagles to a 28-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
After the Indianapolis Colts ran the ball 43 times against the New York Giants last week, they returned to their usual, pass-happy attack this afternoon against the Denver Broncos.
Manning had an all-star day, completing 27-43 passes for 325 yards, and three touchdowns, en route to a 27-13 victory over the Broncos, leading the Colts to a 2-1 record on the year.
Manning has thrown three touchdowns in each of the first three games on the year, and has yet to throw an interception.
RB- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
After a disappointing 19 carry, 87 yard performance in the Minnesota Vikings opener against the New Orleans Saints, Adrian Peterson has shown why he is one of the most dominating running backs in the National Football League.
Last week, Peterson rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, and somehow improved on that performance today, as he carried the ball 23 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Peterson also added five catches for 30 yards out of the backfield as well.
RB- Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
After managing just 34 yards on the ground against a stunning Pittsburgh Steelers defense last week, CJ2K bounced back against the New York Giants.
Chris Johnson carried 32 times for 125 yards, and found the end zone twice.
The Titans face the Denver Broncos next week, where Johnson will look to close in further on his goal of 2,500 rushing yards.
RB- Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns
Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns surprised every fantasy owner as he ran 22 times for 144 yards and a touchdown against arguable one of the best defenses in the National Football League in the Baltimore Ravens.
Hillis added on to that by catching seven passes for 36 yards, making owners of Jerome Harrison angry.
Hillis is available in almost every league, so get him while you can!
WR- Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Anquan Boldin had a huge day for the Baltimore Ravens, as he became the fastest player ever to catch 600 passes.
Quarterback Joe Flacco connected with Boldin eight times for 142 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-17 victory over the division rival Cleveland Browns.
Boldin is playing as he was expected to when the Ravens brought him in this offseason, as the former Arizona Cardinal has caught 20 passes for 187 yards on the year.
WR- Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts
Second year wide receiver, Austin Collie, continued his streak of touchdowns for the third week in a row in a shootout against the Denver Broncos.
Prior to this afternoon, Collie caught 15 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He nearly matched those totals today, as the former BYU standout caught 12 passes for 171 yards, while finding the end zone twice.
Collie is young and talented, and he is quickly becoming a favorite target of Peyton Manning, and is often open due to heightened coverage on fellow wide out, Reggie Wayne.
WR- Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Due to the amount of talented receivers on the Saints roster, it is difficult to select one that you believe will have the huge day.
Two seasons ago, Lance Moore was a favorite for fantasy owners, and returned to that form this afternoon, after managing just three catches in the first two games.
Against the Falcons, Moore caught six passes for 149 yards and scored twice. In addition to those receiving numbers, Moore returned a punt for 72 yards and almost scored.
Moore isn't a lock to put up huge numbers week in and week out, but he is always a solid option to turn to as a flex pick.
TE- Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
After getting off to a slow start in which the future Hall of Fame tight end caught just four passes for 54 yards without a score, Tony Gonzalez had a monster day against the Super Bowl Champions, New Orleans Saints.
Gonzalez was targeted often by quarterback Matt Ryan, and he caught eight passes for 110 yards, and scored a touchdown.
TE- Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates has seen his role in the San Diego Chargers offense increase, due to the suspension of Pro Bowl wide receiver, Vincent Jackson.
He came into this week with 10 catches, 133 yards, and three touchdowns in the first two games.
In a nail-biter against the Seattle Seahawks this afternoon, he caught seven balls for 109 yards and a touchdown, and was targeted 13 times by quarterback Philip Rivers.
The Chargers lost 27-20, but owners of Antonio Gates likely won their matchup for the week.
D/ST- Seattle Seahawks
Not too many fantasy owners would've started the Seattle Seahawks against a potent San Diego Chargers offense, but those who did were rewarded for their risk.
Leon Washington returned two kicks for touchdowns in the second half, one for 101 yards, the other for 99.
Rookie safety, Earl Thomas, intercepted two passes, while Lawyer Milloy and David Hawthorne both forced two of the Chargers three fumbles for the day, all of which were recovered by the Seahawks.
The Seahawks did allow Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers to throw for over 400 yards, but their five turnovers and great special teams play earned them the 27-20 victory.
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