Each week fantasy football owners are thrown a curveball when an unexpected player jumps out on the stat sheets. Surprise Performers takes a look at a handful of under-the-radar players in Week 14 that may (or may not have) have earned some future recognition.
QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles looked right at home as he went on to complete 32-51 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns following Sunday’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie quarterback was able to connect with eight different receivers on his way to besting his single-game totals in four and a half starts. Foles hadn’t rushed for a single yard in his last four starts, but capped off a monster game with three carries for 27 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Fantasy points: 31.94
RB David Wilson, New York Giants
Wilson had a Sunday to remember, torching the Saints’ for an eye-popping 327 all-purpose yards and setting a new Giants record. Wilson has spent most of his rookie season in head coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, but he finally appeared to have the trust of his coaches, as he went on to carry the ball 13 times for 100 yards and two scores. He added 227 yards and a score on special teams, taking a first-quarter kickoff for 97 yards to the house, while averaging an unreal 56.8 yards on four returns. Wilson can thank oft-injured RB Ahmad Bradshaw for the increase in reps, as Bradshaw was once again in and out of the game due to a knee injury.
Fantasy points: 22.00
RB Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owens carried the rock 14 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. He could have had a bigger statistical day had he not missed time in the third quarter after dealing with cramps at halftime. He was able to re-enter the game only to make his way out to the left edge and stroll into the end zone untouched on a 32-yard score. With RB Rashard Jennings still working his way back from a concussion and Maurice Jones-Drew still nursing a foot injury, Owens could be in line for another start in Week 15.
Fantasy points: 16.20
WR Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams
Gibson entered Week 14 with just three targets over the past two games. However, with Bradford’s favorite WR Danny Amendola shelved for another week, Gibson was able to re-establish himself as a threat in the Rams’ passing game. Gibson finished the day with a team-high six catches for 100 yards and one touchdown. He had four catches for 15 yards or more on his way to recording his first 100-yard game of his four year career. Regardless of this big game, I still wouldn’t trust him as a flex option throughout the playoffs.
Fantasy points: 16.00
TE Anthony McCoy, Seattle Seahawks
Another player to record his first 100-yard game this week was the six-foot-five, 259-pound McCoy. The tight end flashed his impressive athleticism by hauling in 105 yards on three catches. Even with the Seahawks offense looking more balanced and dangerous than ever, McCoy’s three targets aren’t making fantasy owners jump out of their seats. There are much better options available for owners desperately searching for a tight end for Week 15.
Fantasy points: 10.50