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Robert Griffin III, Torrey Smith emerge as fantasy monsters

Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins and

Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins and Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens. (Getty) Credit: Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins and Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens. (Getty)

So far, this NFL season has proved to be one of the most surprising ones in recent memory (especially after all of the drama witnessed in Week 3). With supposedly dominant teams getting upset, consensus top QBs struggling, and the insanity of the replacement refs, the unpredictability has been taken to an entirely new level.

With that in mind, let's break down some of the most surprising breakout fantasy football performers at each of the core positions:

Robert Griffin III (QB, Redskins) - He had higher expectations than most rookie QBs given his similarities to Cam Newton, but nobody expected he would be the best fantasy quarterback through the first three weeks. Crazier yet, given the struggles of Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, I think a reasonable argument can be made that he should be ranked the best fantasy QB moving forward.

C.J. Spiller (RB, Bills) - Move over Chris Johnson, there is a new C.J. in town. Spiller has been the most dynamic and explosive RB in the NFL this season. While he will soon share carries with Fred Jackson and he may miss time with an injury, with his talent, Spiller is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. He should be considered a clear cut top 10 RB at this point.

Torrey Smith (WR, Ravens) - The Ravens have begun to trust Joe Flacco, and his new favorite target is the very talented Torrey Smith. After an inspirational performance against the Patriots just hours after his brother died, it has become clear that Smith is a legitimate No. 1 WR.

Kyle Rudolph (TE, Vikings) - Rudolph is a big, strong TE who has emerged as the Vikings' new favorite red zone target. Expect him to continue scoring touchdowns, and consider ranking him as a fringe top five talent at his position.


Alex Case is amNY's fantasy football columnist.

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