The NFL is a quarterbacks league, so it comes as no surprise that those teams with the best performers are near the top in the standings. While the usual suspects Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers (before his injury) are all excelling, a few quarterbacks have played above expectations. Here is a look at three major fantasy football surprises who are helping their team stay in the playoff hunt as well.
After being written off after a few subpar seasons, the signal caller for the San Diego Chargers is currently a top five fantasy football quarterback in the NFL. He has been playing strong as of late as well, averaging 335 passing yards per game in his last five contests. Not only is he racking up the yardage, but he is being smarter with his passes as well. He has thrown for 17 touchdowns and just seven interceptions this season, helping the Chargers to a 4-4 record.
Sure, people knew that Stafford would have the opportunity to put up big numbers in 2013, but he is doing that while being efficient as well. A lot of that has to do with having the best wide receiver in the game (Calvin Johnson) and also having a new running back who is a legitimate threat (Reggie Bush). Now that Rodgers is out for Green Bay these next few weeks, the Detroit Lions are trying to make a move in the NFC North.
He hasn’t thrown a pass in four of his team’s nine games this season, but he very well could be the biggest surprise in fantasy football down the stretch. The Philadelphia Eagles feel as though they have a legitimate shot to make a push towards the playoffs, and they need Foles to play like he did against the Oakland Raiders last week. He threw for 406 yards and seven touchdowns in his breakout game, and with a favorable schedule, he is worth starting in most leagues.