ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Most Surprising Players Thus Far in 2011

Updated on October 5, 2011

After watching some highlights of the Bears Panthers game this weekend, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the guys that have rejuvenated their careers this year and look better than ever.

The first guy that comes to mind is Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers. He seemingly fell off the map for the past two seasons not producing very good numbers at all. This year he already has 24 catches for 530 yards and 2 TD's. That's over 22 ypc if you're keeping track. This may be because of the emergence of rookie QB Cam Newton, but Smith looks like a pro bowl player once again.

Matt Forte: Not that's he's went anywhere, but these numbers are worth showing. Through four games he has 634 combined yards rushing and receiving and 2 TD's. He's accounted for nearly 60% of the Bears offensive production, and makes $945,250 this season. Compare that to Chris Johnson's combined 301 yards and $30 million guaranteed contract. Doesn't seem to make much sense to me.

Matt Forte accounts for nearly 60% of the Bears offense this season.
Matt Forte accounts for nearly 60% of the Bears offense this season.
Cam having one of the best rookie seasons ever for a QB.
Cam having one of the best rookie seasons ever for a QB.

Matt Hasselback: the resurgence of this man is the biggest surprise of the season in my opinion and why the Titans are 3-1. He's thrown for over over 1,150 yards, 8 TD's, and a QB rating of over 104. These are amazing numbers for a guy in his mid 30's that Seattle and everyone else thought was washed up. Way to go Matt!

Now let's go to the obvious pick, rookie Cam Newton. He's made rookie mistakes, which are to be expected, but he's thrown for a rookie record 1,386 yard, 5 TD's and 5 INT's. He's also rushed for 4 more TD's so far this season. He looks mature well beyond his years and has this Panthers team competing in every game each week.

There have been many guys that have stepped up this year, but these are the guys that stick out the most to me. Let me know if you think someone else should have been on this list!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Bigpayno profile imageAUTHOR

      Bigpayno 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Yeah you are enjoying a solid fantasy lineup right now. Mine has been hit or miss. I'm somehow 3-1 because my opponents have bad weeks. I have Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Jones-Drew who have all been hit or miss. Julio Jones picked up some slack for me last weekend where Wallace struggled for the Steelers.

    • hale12783 profile image

      hale12783 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank god I picked Steve Smith up late in my fantasy draft this year! I thought he had fallen off completely too, but I drafted Cam a round after and it has turned in to an amazing combo. Of all of these players, I think Forte will be the one to fall off first. He seems to do this every year, has a few amazing weeks and then slowly fades away.

    • Bigpayno profile imageAUTHOR

      Bigpayno 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Very good one! He has been very impressive. Seems like it's a different Raider receiver every year that steps up doesn't it?

    • Manny2437 profile image

      Manny2437 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I'd like to throw Raiders rookie WR Denarius Moore in there. He has been surprisingly impressive. Not better than the guys you stated though, just exceeding expectations.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)