Gotta love these 3 fantasy overachievers

October 10, 2012|By Dan Richman | For RedEye

Every year there are players who flat-out over-perform in fantasy football. These unsung heroes are guys you thought had a chance to be pretty good but turned out much better than expected. Let's take a look at a quarterback, running back and wide receiver who are off the charts this season.

Christian Ponder, Minnesota QB

The Vikings' second-year quarterback is more than just a game manager, he is a good fantasy option. Ponder has thrown for six touchdowns in five games, averaging more than 215 yards passing. He also has good legs; Ponder has rushed for a touchdown and is capable of getting you 30-plus yards on the ground each week. I really like his upside, as he keeps getting better and his connection with stud wideout Percy Harvin is outstanding. Ponder is great option if your No. 1 quarterback is on a bye or if the matchup works in your favor.

Stevan Ridley, New England RB

This is a no-brainer: When Ridley runs for more than 100 yards, the Patriots win. In other words, if New England wants to win, it needs to ride the Ridley train. He's a workhorse, averaging just under 5 yards a carry. His totals: four rushing TDs and 490 yards on the ground in five games. In just his second year in the NFL, Ridley quickly is becoming an elite fantasy running back and a must-play every week in fantasy.

James Jones, Green Bay WR

Green Bay's No. 1 receiver this year is not Greg Jennings or Jordy Nelson—it is clearly Jones. He's a touchdown machine, scoring twice in each of the Packers' last two games. Jones is especially effective in the red zone. He's particularly a great option as a flex play, as you can look for him to continue his rapid touchdown pace.

Dan Richman has played fantasy football for more than 15 years and hosted a show on The Score (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl

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