Top 5 Fantasy Football Surprises Of 2010
Your traditional Sunday of watching football has taken a huge step over recent years. With the emergence of Fantasy Football, NFL fans have two things to look forward to on Sundays, rooting for their team and rooting for players on their Fantasy team. Every season, Fantasy Football drafts change dramatically. Whether its the breaking out of young players, or sleepers that nobody has ever heard of, there are always a hand full of surprises in Fantasy Football.
5.) Jay Cutler
Coming in at number 5 is Chicago Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler. The former Bronco has played extremely well throughout the first 3 weeks of the 2010 season. Cutler has surprisingly thrown only 2 interceptions and has earned himself a quarterback rating of 109.7. Despite a miserable first season with The Chicago Bears after being traded from Denver, Cutler is on a mission to prove that he is not the same player who threw 26 interceptions just a year ago.
4.) Darren McFadden
After his first two seasons being plagued by injuries, The former Arkansas star is finally proving to Oakland Raiders fans why he was drafted number 4 overall in the 2008 draft. McFadden is heading into week 4 third in the league in rushing, only behind Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson. McFadden has carried the ball more times than Adrian Peterson with 73, and has rushed for an impressive 345 yards averaging 115 yards per game through the first 3 weeks. Fantasy owners have been thrilled with McFadden's play thus far, earning him the number 4 spot of Fantasy Football surprises. McFadden has proved the critics wrong and will look to continue you his solid play in Week 4 at home against the Houston Texans.
3.) Arian Foster
Houston Texans' running back, Arian Foster was on many Fantasy Football mock drafts prior to the 2010 season, but nobody expected him to play this well. The 2nd year man comes in number 3 on the list, leading the NFL in rushing, averaging a very impressive 5.9 yards per carry. Foster opened the 2010 season with a bang, carrying the ball 33 times for 231 and 3 touchdowns against The Indianapolis Colts. Fantasy owners became believers of Foster after week 1, and there is no question that he is the primary back in Houston. Foster came back to earth in week 2, but bounced back in week 3, rushing for 106 yards on just 17 carries. Owners of Foster hope that he will continue his great play because as long as he does, he will have a spot in their starting lineup.
2.) Austin Collie
Although Reggie Wayne is The Colts' number 1 receiver, 2nd year man Austin Collie has by far been Peyton Manning's favorite target through the first 3 weeks of the 2010 season. Collie leads the league in receptions with 27, receiving yards with 359, and is tied with the league lead in touchdowns with 4. Collie has 9 more receptions than teammate Reggie Wayne and has played extremely well in this young season. Collie is coming off a career game against the Denver Broncos where he caught 12 balls for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns. Many expected Pierre Garcon to be the number 2 receiver in Indy, but it is clear that Collie has taken over that spot. If Collie owners have started him, than they were very pleased with the outcome. Number 17 earns himself number 2 on the list of Fantasy Football surprises this season.
1.) Michael Vick
Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback, Michael Vick comes in number 1 on the list of surprises, and rightfully so. Vick has played amazingly well since taking over for Kevin Kolb after he went down with an injury in Week 1. This is not the same Michael Vick that we are used to seeing. After his absence from football, the former Falcon has been a pass first quarter back, and has not thrown an interception thus far this year. Vick was a major pickup on the wavier wire, and has been getting better as the season progresses. Although Vick has thrown the ball very well, the run first quarterback we saw in Atlanta can still torch defenses with his feet. Owners who had the luxury of picking up Michael Vick from waivers, have been 100% satisfied since he has been declared the permanent starter by Coach Andy Reid.