Fantasy Football Breakouts Week 3

Fantasy Football Breakouts Week 3

Daniel Lehman and Chase Michaelsen

As football season continues, fantasy leagues are a common way to put more meaning into each Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. As you try to decide who to trade, pick up, and drop, we hope that you look towards our article for the life-changing advice it provides. During fantasy season tensions flare, but at the end of the day, everyone enjoys the game within the game. Here are some breakout performers to watch from Week 3 of the NFL season.


Tom Brady – New England Patriots QB

A pinnacle of elite consistency, Brady inspired the Patriots to a comeback win against the Houston Texans this past Sunday. He was able to find receiver Brandin Cooks for the final of his five touchdowns with 23 seconds left on the clock to seal a 36-33 victory. Brady has been one of fantasy’s best players this season, posting top non-PPR scores of 29 and 35. Surrounded with the strong supporting cast of Mike Gillislee, Cooks, and Chris Hogan, Brady and the Patriots look primed to be on their way to another Super Bowl appearance this year.


Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars TE

Normally a blocking tight-end, Lewis had a dominant performance in the Jaguars’ rout of the Ravens. Maybe it was due to the game being in London, but things clicked for Lewis, hauling in 4 catches for 62 yards and 3 touchdowns. Although it was impressive, don’t expect this to become a normal thing, as Lewis failed to catch a pass in each of their first two games. It is safe to call the game a fluke, but he can be a red zone threat as he is on the field for the majority of the team’s offensive snaps.


T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts WR

Due to Andrew Luck’s absence this year and less than stellar quarterback play from backups Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett, Hilton has not seen the success he’s had in years past. However, against the weak Cleveland Browns’ secondary, Hilton exploded for 153 yards and a touchdown on 7 receptions. His 61 yard reception displays the big play making ability Hilton has offered in previous years. With Luck hopefully returning in the next few weeks, Hilton is poised for a return to normalcy as far as his workload and scoring. His team may not be great this year, but definitely buy into T.Y.’s stock for fantasy purposes.


Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams RB

Gurley again impressed this weekend, totaling 149 all purpose yards and and 3 touchdowns for a 32 point week in non-PPR leagues. This performance was 2nd best for running backs on the year, and after his sophomore slump, Gurley is bouncing back. The third-year man out of Georgia is ranked only behind Kareem Hunt in running backs in terms of fantasy. The Rams run-blocking has looked capable, and the year looks bright for owners who gambled on Gurley.


Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings WR

Diggs forgot about his week 2 woes, having an even bigger week than his 21 point non-PPR week 1. He had 29 points on 173 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. This came as somewhat of a surprise, as he struggled week 2 with a backup QB Case Keenum. The connection was there this week however, as the two helped each other to huge outputs in Vikings’ easy victory over Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. Diggs has astonished on multiple acrobatic touchdown catches this year, leaving fantasy owners optimistic for his huge potential as a yardage and touchdown threat.