We're in Week 4 of the 2017-2018 NFL Season. When it comes to NFL Fantasy Studs, it's difficult for me to look past these 3 quarterbacks, 3 running backs, and 3 wide receivers. One stud for the QBs and WRs aren't a surprise. All RB studs are a surprise.
Things can change quickly in the NFL. It's not a lock that the 3 studs in each category remain the 3 studs in their category for the entire NFL Regular Season. I must admit that the 3 in each category have been fantastic so far, though.
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NFL Fantasy Studs
1. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
What were the odds on Alex Smith to win the NFL MVP this season? So far, Smith has shown Kansas City's front office that they made a huge mistake by moving up to draft Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II this past April.
Smith's numbers are stunning. He's thrown for 774 yards. He's tossed 7 TD passes to 0 interceptions. His completion percentage is an amazing 77.4. Smith's QB rating is a daunting 132.7. Alex Smith is the reason why the Kansas City Chiefs are considered by many (including me) to be the best team in the NFL after 3 weeks.
The Chiefs battle Washington, are at Houston, Pittsburgh and at Oakland in their next 4 games. KC then takes on Denver and is at Dallas before their bye. There's a great chance that Smith for MVP chants reverberate through Arrowhead Stadium before KC's bye in Week 10.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Terrific Tom's NFL MVP odds before the season started were +425. Although Brady's been great, New England hasn't resembled the team that won the Super Bowl in 2016. That could hurt Brady's chances of taking home the NFL MVP.
Brady has thrown 8 TDs to 0 interceptions. He's also completing 64.5% of his passes. The stats speak volumes. If Smith hadn't outplayed Terrific Tom in Week 1, he'd be number one on this list.
3. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
If any kid wants to be a successful quarterback, that kid should study Matthew Stafford's career. While Stafford could lean on Calvin Johnson, early in his career, he didn't play his best football. Staff often threw it up to Megatron. Megatron often made the crazy impressive catch.
The current version of Matt Stafford is a leader, sling it, but also play smart football, quarterback. Staff hasn't thrown for 300 yards in a game yet this season. But, he has thrown 7 TD passes to only 1 pick. The pick occurred in Week 1 when Detroit's QB rallied the Lions to a 35 to 23 win.
Running Back Studs
1. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs' rookie running back Kareem Hunt is already one of the top RBs in the NFL. In 3 games, Hunt has rushed for 401 yards from 47 carries. He's scored 4 rushing TDs. Hunt's average per carry is an amazing 8.5. But, that's not all.
Hunt's also one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL. Hunt has 9 catches in 3 games for 137 yards. He's caught 2 TD passes. Can Hunt keep up this torrid pace? Probably not. Then again, a KC player shows up in all 3 categories.
What it means is that if defenses spend too much time worrying about Hunt, QB Smith and WR Tyreek Hill are going to burn them. The Chargers did that in Week 4. They tried to keep Hunt under control. What happened? Smith threw 2 TD passes, one a 30 yarder to Hill. The Chiefs led 14 to 0 in the first quarter.
2. Todd Gurley, L.A. Rams
Todd Gurley's bounce back season is in full force. He's scored a combined 6 TDs in only 3 games. He's caught 13 passes. He's already acquired a combined 381 total yards. 241 of the 381 yards are rushing yards.
Gurley's proving that he isn't just a straight ahead runner. He can be a valuable asset in the passing game. New Rams' head coach Sean McVay is using Gurley the way that the former coaching staff in L.A. never did. That's the big change in L.A. this season. The Rams' offense is tailored more towards its players this season than last season.
With that being written, Gurley has had some issues. In only 3 games played, he's fumbled the ball 4 times. As talented as he is, McVay's not going to stand for it much longer. The offense in La-La Land creates strong running backs.
If Gurley continues to fumble, McVay's going to bench him. He must. It's impossible to keep feeding an RB that lays the ball on the turf.
3. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Montgomery's rushing stats haven't been great. No big deal. DraftKings awards a point in their Classic DFS contests for every reception. Montgomery has an amazing 18 catches in only 3 games. That's unbelievable for a running back.
He's only scored 3 total TDs this season. Not to worry. If he keeps up the pace, he'll finish the season with an awesome 96 catches and 16 TDs.
Wide Receiver Studs
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Even as so many things change in the No Fun League, so many things stay the same. Antonio Brown has 26 catches in 3 football games. That translates to 8.66 catches per game. Brown also has a TD catch. He's amassed 354 receiving yards.
The Steelers have other weapons (including RB Le'Veon Bell), but QB Big Ben Roethlisberger prefers to toss the rock to Mr. Brown. I don't think that's going to change any time soon. Antonio Brown has been the most consistent fantasy point getter for 3 years running.
There's no reason to believe he won't lead fantasy football in points this season. In fact, he might shatter his personal fantasy points record. The reason I write that is because, so far, Bell hasn't approached his former greatness. In fact, Le'Veon has looked downright normal.
What happens when Bell's ineffective? Big Ben throws even more to Antonio.
2. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
In 3 games, Hill has caught 16 passes for 253 yards. He's scored 2 TDs. Alex Smith can throw to one of the best tight-ends in the NFL, Travis Kelce. That doesn't mean Hill's numbers should take a hit. He figures to finish the season with 12 TDs along with close to 2,000 yards receiving. The thing about Tyreek Hill is that he can go to the house any time he catches the football. Coach Andy Reid has also handed the ball off 6 times to Hill. It's only a matter of time before he breaks one for a TD.
Hill, Hunt, and Smith is why the Kansas City Chiefs have such a great offense. If you try to stop Hunt, Smith's going to burn you with a long pass to Hill. If you work to stop Hill, Smith is going to hand the ball off to Hunt. If you manage to stop both Hill and Hunt, you must contain one of the best tight-ends in the NFL, Travis Kelce.
3. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
I'm as confused as everyone else as to how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed Stefon Diggs to get behind their defense. Diggs caught 8 passes for 173 yards. He caught 2 TD passes. In Week 3, the Vikings pummeled Tampa Bay 34 to 17. What's really nuts about how well Diggs played is that he caught passes from Case Keenum, not Sam Bradford. Think about that for a moment.
Diggs' overall numbers so far are fantastic. 4 TDs in 3 games. 17 total catches. 293 receiving yards. He's scored more TDs than Tyreek Hill. Diggs' fantasy stats can be up or down week to week, though. It's doubtful he stays in the Top 3.
When I write this blog after Week 7 in the NFL Season, don't be surprised if 3 different RBs dot my screen. Antonio Brown shouldn't drop from the top WR spot. Tom Brady should remain a Top 3 fantasy QB.