Sundays are always exciting for football and fantasy football fans. Whether it’s a big game, or if you’re watching two winless teams duke it out for their first win. There are always surprises in fantasy football, as well as in division and conference play for those who don't play fantasy football. Every time you select your choices in your Pick ‘Em leagues, you feel 100% confident that you got them all correct.
After the first set of games on Sunday, you realize that you’ve already missed on half of them. That’s what’s great.
It’s surprising to see a great passer like Peyton Manning to get shut down and not throw a touchdown pass against a team that drafted in the top-10 of the 2010 NFL Draft. It’s surprising to see a backup quarterback in Shaun Hill throwing multiple touchdowns a game.
There’s so much parity, and it’s always enjoyable, no matter how much you hate being wrong when you thought that the Carolina Panthers could actually beat a Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears team.
So here at NFLSoup, we give you our Top-10 Surprises from Sunday.
10. Malcom Floyd, Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers
Floyd barely cracked this list because we know what he’s capable of down the field, but any time a wide receiver has over 200 yards of offense, it’s a pretty special day. He caught eight passes for 213 yards and caught a touchdown. Floyd should be in your lineup every week. Floyd accounted for no less than 35 points for his fantasy owners.
9. Brandon Lloyd, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
We are following up Floyd, with Lloyd. Brandon Lloyd is becoming a fantasy staple. He’s catching passes consistently, and was targeted a whopping 14 times, catching five for 135 yards and two scores. Imagine if he would have caught a few more of those passes. Lloyd is looking like a safe start most weeks. In PPR leagues, Lloyd most likely had over 40 points for your team.
8. Detroit Lions Defense/Special Teams
This is quite surprising considering the Lions defense has struggled to stop anybody all season. Detroit's inconsistent defense surprisingly held Sam Bradford and company to just six points on offense, and racked up around 30 fantasy points to those owners who most likely didn’t start them.
7. Kyle Orton, Quarterback, Denver Broncos
This shouldn’t be surprising right now, but I really thought this would be the week that Orton may be worth a spot on the bench. The Ravens have been suspect against the run, but the passing defense has been well enough to win them games all season. It didn't matter who Orton was playing, as he still threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, scoring between 20 and 26 points for fantasy owners.
6. Brandon Jackson, Running Back, Green Bay Packers
Brandon Jackson only had 10 carries on Sunday, but he finished with 115 yards. Another five receptions out of the backfield gave him anywhere between 18 and 25 fantasy points for owners who most likely didn’t start him, as he’s been very disappointing. Don’t expect this to be a weekly thing though. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut.
5. Josh Scobee, Kicker, Jacksonville Jaguars
I never thought I’d have a kicker in my top 10 surprises list. But Scobee scored quite a few points. Kickers usually get around 6 or 7 points, but Scobee had no less than 18 for most teams and as high as 30 in a few leagues. Four field goals of at least 40 yards, as well as three extra points and another shorter field goal made Scobee a nice option in week 5.
4. Felix Jones, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
Felix Jones finally did something productive in fantasy play. A guy that I absolutely LOVED at the beginning of the season, Jones broke out for 109 yards on just 15 carries. He had another four receptions out of the backfield also. Jones should be getting more of the workload and will be a solid fantasy option for 2011, and could be a great option the rest of this year with more consistency.
3. Danny Amendola, Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams
Amendola is becoming a nice Wes Welker type of receiver. He’s catching everything and being targeted heavily. Sam Bradford looked his way 19 times in the loss to the Lions. Amendola caught 12 passes for 95 yards and no touchdowns. But those in PPR leagues should be grabbing him as soon as possible for a Flex position, especially with Mark Clayton done for the year.
2. Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver, New York Giants
Nicks is finally starting to break out. This was his second straight 100+ yard game, and his second multi-touchdown game of the season. But the fact that he caught 12 passes and was targeted 17 times makes it a bit more surprising, considering the options that the Giants have to throw to. Get Nicks in the lineup weekly.
1. Michael Bush, Running Back, Oakland Raiders
Bush owners can finally rejoice after drafting him late in the draft as a sleeper. He’s finally healthy and with Darren McFadden sitting with a hamstring injury, Bush got the start. He didn’t disappoint against a tough San Diego defense, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He got fantasy owners between 20 and 30 points as well, after catching three passes. Once McFadden is 100 percent, however, Bush’s carries will fizzle out.
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