Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Surprise, no Drew Brees this week! Though he engineered the New Orleans Saints to a third consecutive victory, he didn't do it through the air. Here are the best at their positions in Week 3:
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis - Manning was near perfect in throwing four touchdown passes and 379 yards as Indianapolis crushed the Arizona Cardinals 31-10 in the desert. Despite losing his favorite all-time wide receiver in the offseason (Marvin Harrison) and his No.2 starter for half a season (Anthony Gonzalez), Manning hasn't missed a beat. It's what you expect from a top-three quarterback.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia - It's likely the last time you'll see Kolb's name this season, unless McNabb re-injuries himself after the Eagles' bye week. But if you were smart enough to pick him up and play him these last two weeks, you have been rewarded with two 300+ yard passing days and 59 fantasy points. Not bad for a waiver pickup.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville - Jones-Drew jumped up to fourth best at the RB position through three weeks with a huge performance against the Houston Texans. Three touchdowns, 100+ yards and four catches is the type of performance we expect every week after selecting him second overall on Draft Day (RapidDraft 3.2).
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans - The reason Brees didn't make the list this week was because of the effort Thomas put forth in the second half on Sunday. He posted all of his yards and two touchdowns in the second half to break open a close game against Buffalo. His 27-point half is his total for the season after missing Week 1 and 2 with a knee injury.
Santana Moss, Washington - Moss doesn't get a lot of respect in the fantasy world, but it's not because we don't respect his talent. It's because the Redskins passing game doesn't put up a lot of points. The team emphasizes the run more often than the pass and Jason Campbell doesn't exactly scare defenses. But Moss' 10-catch, 178-yard, one touchdown performance was No.1 this week and a nice reward for those who drafted him around the sixth round. It was Moss' first 100-yard day since Week 8 last year, also against Detroit.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia - Sure, it was against a porous Kansas City defense, but Jackson's 64-yard catch and run was a thing of beauty. Jackson leads all wide receivers in fantasy points with 69, including 31 on Sunday, after his six-catch, 149-yard, one touchdown performance. He didn't run the ball as he had in Weeks 1 and 2, but he is still returning punts.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco - This is what was expected from Davis when he was drafted out of Maryland. Just missed the 100-yard bonus, but scored twice to lead all tight ends in Week 3 production with 24 points.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia - Celek is making himself hard to ignore after a second consecutive 100-yard afternoon (104 yards, one touchdown).
Stephen Gostkowski, New England - Four-for-four on field goals and two-for-two on extra points for a league-leading 14 points.
And the winner is........."MJD" - Maurice Jones-Drew.