Fantasy Football 2012 Week 3 Top Performers by Position: Fan’s Review

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Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season had plenty of big individual performances. From Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having a great game in a loss to the Oakland Raiders to Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles leading his team to a victory that left the New Orleans Saints winless after three games, here are the best fantasy football players from each position of Week 3.

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders - 32.16 points*

Week 3 statistics: 36-for-49, 384 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, 8 rushing yards

With the Steelers running game going nowhere, Roethlisberger came up big in the stat sheet with a season-high 384 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders. Despite losing, he found 10 different receivers and has thrown eight touchdowns in only three games, increasing his value as a quarterback that should be started more in fantasy leagues, especially when the running game struggles.

Honorable mentions: Houston Texans' Matt Schaub at Denver Broncos (26.60 points), Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco vs. New England Patriots (26.58 points), Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton at Washington Redskins (25.72 points)

Running back

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints - 34.80 points

Week 3 statistics: 233 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

After underwhelming performances in the first two weeks of the season, Charles broke out with a huge performance that confirmed his high pick status in drafts. Taking the majority of carries over Peyton Hillis and Shaun Draughn, he re-solidified his spot as the major piece of the Chiefs offense. While he'll face a tough test in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers, his big play abilities and explosiveness bring him back to must-start status.

Honorable mentions: Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew at Indianapolis Colts (25.30 points), New York Giants' Andre Brown at Carolina Panthers (25.00 points), Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice vs. New England Patriots (21.00 points)

Wide receiver

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins - 25.40 points

Week 3 statistics: 11 rushing yards, 183 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

Despite hauling in a touchdown pass thrown by fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, Green had great rapport with quarterback Andy Dalton for the whole game for the big Week 3 performance. Catching nine of the 11 balls thrown his way, he was a major reason why the Bengals found a way to win against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Up against the Jaguars in Week 4, Green will once again be one of the week's top-rated fantasy wide receivers.

Honorable mentions: Baltimore Ravens' Torrey Smith vs. New England Patriots (24.70 points), Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson at Tennessee Titans (22.40 points), Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate vs. Green Bay Packers (18.80 points)

Tight end

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders - 18.00 points

Week 3 statistics: 60 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Along with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, Miller was one of Roethlisberger's most popular targets against the Raiders. Despite an abdomen injury, he was effective in all aspects of the game and was particularly on point as a receiver. Off to the best start of his career, his numbers this season have been great especially since Roethlisberger is looking for him more in the passing game.

Honorable mentions: Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph vs. San Francisco 49ers (15.60 points), Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez at San Diego Chargers (15.10 points), Tennessee Titans' Jared Cook vs. Detroit Lions (13.70 points)

Kicker

Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints - 21.00 points

Week 3 statistics: 1 FG 20-29, 3 FG 30-39, 2 FG 40-49, 1 PAT made

In a big overtime game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Succop set a franchise record with his 6-for-6 field goal performance against the Saints. Making field goals from 25-45 yards away, he tied the game with seconds left in the fourth quarter and won the game with a 31-yarder for the improbable comeback. Despite a great Week 3, Succop is an uncertain fantasy play until the Chiefs offense becomes more dependable.

Honorable mentions: New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes at Carolina Panthers (20.00 points), Detroit Lions' Jason Hanson at Tennessee Titans (18.00 points), Tennessee Titans' Rob Bironas vs. Detroit Lions (14.00 points)

Team defense

Arizona Cardinals team defense vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 24.00 points

Week 3 statistics: 6 points allowed, 5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown

Michael Vick and the Eagles struggled on offense once again and the Cardinals were the big benefactor of their mistakes. From the constant pressure they put on the quarterback to the big fumble recovery for a touchdown right at the end of the first half, everything went well for the emerging Cardinals defense. Facing an unproven Miami Dolphins in Week 4 with rookie Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and star running back Reggie Bush possibly out, Arizona is a great team defense play next week.

Honorable mentions: Chicago Bears team defense vs. St. Louis Rams (23.00 points), Tennessee Titans team defense vs. Detroit Lions (17.00 points), Atlanta Falcons team defense at San Diego Chargers (16.00 points), New York Giants team defense at Carolina Panthers (16.00 points)

*Points are determined by Yahoo! fantasy football default scoring settings.

Sources:

Who's Hot Week 3, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Ben Roethlisberger News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

A.J. Green News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Ryan Succop News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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