Run 'N' Shoot: NFC South Surprise
Run 'N' Shoot: NFC South Surprise

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

The NFL always has a ton of surprises, and this year is no different. What's been the biggest surprise so far? For me, it's the top teams atop the NFC South. Remember, this is the division that didn't have a winning team in 2014, yet the Panthers and Falcons are both 4-0. Are either of them any good?

I keep betting against the Falcons ... and keep getting it wrong. Maybe I've been too slow to adjust my mindset regarding their atrocious offensive line from 2014 ... that unit must be playing better for Devonta Freeman to keep posting three-TD games.

The one Falcon I've been on is Leonard Hankerson, who I've been playing in the Stopa Law Firm League (deep format) for a few weeks now, waiting for Sunday's breakout (6-103-1 on team-leading eight targets). As good as Julio Jones is, he can't be the only guy catching balls for Atlanta, and Roddy White is clearly done. Hankerson should be owned in most formats, and I'd gladly cut any 49ers receiver or an injured Steve Smith to do so.

As for the Panthers, Josh Norman is having a Defensive Player of the Year type of season. The offense has a bunch of non-stars, yet keeps finding a way to score points. Ted Ginn's two TDs on three targets Sunday were a bit lucky, but Ginn has been a focal point of the Panthers offense every week. I'd rather have Hankerson in fantasy, but Ginn is a bye-week

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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