September’s Fantasy Football Steals – @GNFF_Godfather
If you’re nodding your head with a smile and patting yourself on the back as you read this article, chances are you have one of these steals or even all of them on your fantasy football roster. As September ends, it’s still early in the season but these players have paid off handsomely at cheap prices. Here are four major steals and their scoring ranks through week 3.
QB – LAMAR JACKSON/RAVENS – QB2
Action Jackson is silencing the doubters who criticized his passing ability. Through three games, the Ravens QB has thrown for 863 yards and seven touchdowns without any interceptions. On the ground, Jackson has 172 yards and a score. All told, he’s averaging nearly 30 fantasy PPG and his next four opponents are the Browns, Steelers, Bengals and Seahawks before hitting a bye week.
RB – AUSTIN EKELER/CHARGERS – RB3
We knew Melvin Gordon could possibly hold out Le’Veon Bell style and now it’s becoming a reality. But Austin Ekeler is showing out in LA, ranking as the third-highest scorer in PPR formats for running backs with 77.8 points so far. Ekeler leads all RB’s in receiving yards and touchdowns. It’s definitely impressive that undrafted free agent is leading backs like Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram but right behind Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey. Unexpected to say the least.
WR – TERRY MCLAURIN/REDSKINS – WR10
The third-round diamond out of Ohio State is quickly turning heads around the league. McLaurin is the first in NFL history catch five passes and a touchdown in each of the first three games of his career. His current receiving line is 16/257/3 and PFF has him graded as the top rookie WR so far this season. Just imagine when fellow rookie QB and his Buckeye teammate Dwayne Haskins takes over. The Redskins will probably be playing from behind a lot this year which means more targets for Scary Terry.
TE – DARREN WALLER/RAIDERS – TE3
You can’t say Jon Gruden didn’t warn you all offseason as well as HBO Hard Knocks. Darren Waller has been a revelation at tight end in Oakland, coming off a 13/134 line against the Vikings, targeted 14 times. A vast majority of fantasy owners drafted Waller late and are looking like geniuses now. His scoring total ranks just above Travis Kelce and he’s on the heels of Evan Engram and Mark Andrews. Raiders QB Derek Carr will absolutely lean on Waller as a safety valve and a red zone weapon. Get this, Waller hasn’t scored a touchdown yet. He may be just scratching the surface.