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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - You got what you paid for in Week 3 as top fantasy selections Chris Johnson (RapidDraft ADP 1.74), Adrian Peterson (2.73), Michael Turner (9.27), Tom Brady and Drew Brees all did what you expected them to do - score fantasy points in bunches.

And in a few instances, fantasy owners got much more than planned.

A former top selection led the early games in scoring - Anquan Boldin (32 points). Last year with the Cardinals, Boldin was a second round selection, but he fell to fourth round after being traded to run-oriented Baltimore.

He's overachieved in his first three weeks as a Raven, posting a seven-catch, 110 yards day in Week 1 and then coming back with an eight-catch, 142-yard, three touchdown performance against Cleveland on Sunday.

Boldin's production tied Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for the top spot on Sunday. But those statistics weren't the most surprising of the day as two lightly owned receivers broke out from their dull fantasy seasons.

Little used Lance Moore (3% owned) looks like he might be the beneficiary of Reggie Bush's injury as he was a primary target for Brees on Sunday. Moore had 26 points on six receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns, one from 80 yards away. His effort reminded many fantasy owners of how he filled in for an injured Marques Colston in 2008 (79 receptions, 928 yards, 10 TDs) and was one of the best fantasy waiver wire pickups of the season.

And Dallas' Roy Williams (5% owned), all but forgotten with the Dez Bryant fanfare and Miles Austin's production, was a primary weapon for Tony Romo and collected five balls for 117 yards, two scores and 23 fantasy points.

Both of those receivers finished behind Austin Collie, who finished second among receivers with 29 points on 12 catches, 171 yards and two touchdowns.

As for the quarterback position, Brady and Brees had 22 points each in the early games, but were outclassed by the late game production of Vick, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

The newly installed starter in Philadelphia, Vick, who received so much publicity this week posted a huge fantasy effort (32 points) going 17-for-31 for 291 yards, three scoring strikes and one rushing touchdown.

Manning took apart an injury-ridden Denver Broncos secondary for 325 yards and three touchdowns and Rivers finished the day by throwing 53 times for a personal best 455 yards and two touchdowns. They were part of a big passing afternoon which saw seven quarterbacks throw at least three touchdown passes.

Meanwhile, Peterson (190 combined yards, 2 TDs) and Johnson (125 yards, 2 TDs) were the top running backs, but Cedric Benson (27-81-2), Rashard Mendenhall (19-143-1) and Turner (30-114-1) were all top-10 performers at the position.

As for injuries incurred on Sunday, the most important one to follow will be Steven Jackson's groin injury which ruined what could have been a great day. Jackson had already accumulated 58 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the second quarter.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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