Honorable Mention: Eric Decker | WR | Denver Broncos
Phildelphia at Denver – Sun, 4:25 PM ET
Average Price: $309
Decker finished the 2012 season with the second-most receiving touchdowns in the NFL, but was held scoreless in his first two games of 2013. Decker’s production was expetced to dip this year with the Broncos’ addition of Wes Welker, who shares many of Decker’s strengths. In Week 3 against the Raiders, Decker finally reached the end zone (below) and also led the Broncos in receiving with 166 yards. As he gets even more comfortable with his new role in Peyton Manning’s offense, Decker could put up big numbers this week in a potential shootout with the Eagles.
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5. Josh Gordon | WR | Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati at Cleveland – Sun, 1:00 PM ET
Average Price: $92
After being suspended for the first two games of 2013, Josh Gordon exploded for 168 total yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Vikings. Gordon clearly has chemistry with former third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is expected to start again this week. The Browns will need another big outing from Gordon if they hope to upset the undefeated, in-state rival Bengals. When the two teams played at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland in 2012, the Browns broke an eleven-game losing streak and Gordon caught a 71-yard touchdown pass (below).
4. Tom Brady | QB | New England Patriots
New England at Atlanta – Sun, 8:30 PM ET
Average Price: $170
While the Patriots are 3-0 thus far, quarterback Tom Brady has been putting up relatively pedestrian numbers by his lofty standards. Against the Bucs in Week 3, Brady seemed to find some chemistry with his new, inexperienced receivers, with undrafted rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (below) catching the first two touchdowns of his NFL career. With the possible returns of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and skilled receiver Danny Amendola, Brady could have his best game of the young season against the Falcons. Brady tends to shine under the lights of nationally televised, prime-time games, and the indoor Georgia Dome is an ideal environment for quarterbacks.
3. Navorro Bowman | LB | San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco at St. Louis – Thurs, 8:30 PM ET
Average Price: $51
With Aldon Smith’s recent turmoil, and Patrick Willis’ groin injury, the 49ers will need a big game from Pro Bowl linebacker Navorro Bowman on Thursday against the Rams. The 49ers vaunted linebacking core allowed just seven rushing touchdowns in 2012, but has already allowed six in just three games so far this season. In hopes of regaining their 2012 form after two disappointing early-season losses, the Niners will rely heavily on Bowman’s defensive leadership and production. Expect Bowman to come up with some big defensive plays in St. Louis, like his 2012 fourth-quarter interception of Aaron Rodgers below.
2. Joseph Fuaria | TE | Detroit Lions
Chicago at Detroit – Sun, 1:00 PM EST
Average Price: $122
Though he is not yet a household name, Lions’ tight end Joseph Fuaria has already been dubbed the NFL’s “Most Entertaining Undrafted Rookie” by Deadspin. While the former UCLA Bruin’s production has been good and he seems to be fitting in well with Matt Stafford and the Detroit offense, Fuaria is making a name for himself with his touchdown celebrations. After reeling in a one-yard score against in the Redskins in Week 3, he broke out ‘N Sync’s trademark “Bye Bye Bye” dance (below). The dance came in response to an open challenge from Jimmy Fallon, who donated $10,000 to the Make-a-Wish foundation in Fuaria’s honor. It’ll be exciting to see what else “Big Joe” has up his sleeve.
1. Ryan Tannehill | QB | Miami Dolphins
Miami at New Orleans – Mon, 8:30 PM ET
Average Price: $142
There’s no doubt that the Dolphins are the underdog in their undefeated Monday Night matchup with the Saints at the Superdome. If the Dolphins manage to get to 4-0, it will likely be the result of a breakout performance from second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Despite being sacked more than any other quarterback through the first three weeks, Tannehill has shown improvement this season. In Week 3 against the favored Falcons, Tannehill lead a clutch, fourth-quarter drive, capped by a game-winning touchdown to Dion Sims (below). If the Dolphins’ offensive line can keep Tannehill off the turf, he could have his coming out party against a Saints defense that allowed the most yards in NFL history in 2012.