As is always the case in the NFL, there were many surprises during Week 3. Whereas some highly touted and normally high-producing players were kept in check, others recorded phenomenal performances.
Here were the top 10 fantasy football performers for Week 3.
1. Tom Brady (QB, NE) – 44.5 points
Perennial fantasy football stud Brady went 25-for-35 for 378 yards and five—yes FIVE—touchdowns in the Patriots' last-minute 36-33 victory over the Houston Texans. Brady recorded an impressive 146.2 quarterback rating.
2. Russell Wilson (QB, SEA) – 38.25 points
Despite losing 33-27 to the Tennessee Titans, Wilson had a productive outing with 29 completions for 373 yards and four touchdowns, as well as seven rushes for 26 yards.
3. Case Keenum (QB, MIN) – 37.25 points
No longer just a backup, Keenum managed 25 completions on 33 attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
4. Kirk Cousins (QB, WAS) – 35.45 points
Cousins was on fire versus the Oakland Raiders who the Redskins routed 27-10. He tossed three touchdowns for 365 yards on 25 completions.
5. Jacoby Brissett (QB, IND) – 32.35 points
Andrew who? Just kidding. Even in Luck's absence, second year QB Brissett was elevated above Scott Tolzien and received the start Sunday versus the Browns, where he went a respectable 17-for-24 for 259 yards and a touchdown, as well as five rushes for 14 yards and two touchdowns. Is there a quarterback controversy brewing in Indianapolis?
6. Stefon Diggs (WR, MIN) – 32.3 points
Top fantasy wide receiver for the week Diggs recorded eight receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns with Keenum's help.
7. Todd Gurley (RB, LAR) – 31.9 points
Gurly carried the ball a whopping 28 times and amassed a superb 113 yards with two touchdowns, as well as snagging five balls for 36 yards and another score in Thursday's close 41-39 win against the San Francisco 49ers.
8. Brandin Cooks (WR, NE) – 29.1 points
Well, Tom Brady had to throw his five touchdowns to someone, right? Cooks caught two of them on five receptions for an impressive 131 yards.
9. Kareem Hunt (RB, KC) – 27.3 points
This remarkable rookie had his way with the Los Angeles Chargers in the Chiefs' 24-10 win to keep Kansas City—along with Atlanta—the only undefeated teams remaining this season. Hunt carried the ball 17 times for a whopping 172 yards with one touchdown.
10. Marcedes Lewis (TE, JAX) – 24.4 points
This week's top tight end honors go to the Jaguars' Lewis who caught five balls for 62 yards and scored three times in Jacksonville's surprising decimation of the Baltimore Ravens, 44-7 in London.
Honorable Mentions—Kickers and DST
Kickers need some love too. Both Matt Prater (DET) and Stephen Hauschka (BUF) scored a respectable 21 points. Both were 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 in extra points. Whereas Detroit lost to the Atlanta Falcons 26-3030-26
Let's not overlook top defenses either. The Houston Texans' DST racked up an impressive 25 points in their heartbreaking loss to the Patriots. This squad recorded five sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one defensive touchdown.
Additionally, the Cincinnati Bengals' DST earned 22 points on one interception, six sacks, and one defensive touchdown in their 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
A Final Word
Just remember, these numbers aren't necessarily indicative of future performance. If you don't believe me, just take a look at my horrible predictions for Week 3 fantasy football players. Whoever you choose to start, I wish you the best of luck.