With multiple sports rounding into form as we move deeper into autumn, our weekly search for the top athletes on Earth keeps getting trickier.
Marc-Andre Fleury lifted the newly-minted Las Vegas Golden Knights to wins in their first two games, allowing just two goals in two games and saving 72 shots total, good for a .973 save percentage and a 0.98 goals against average.
As the Dodgers steamrolled their way into the NLCS, Yasiel Puig posted a .455/.538/.727 slash line and roped a huge triple in Game 1 against Arizona, which elicited a tasty celebration from the right fielder.
And now for our Top 5 ...
5. Riley Ferguson
Ferguson had the game of his life against Connecticut on Friday. The Memphis senior quarterback completed 70.8 percent of his passes for 431 yards and seven touchdowns -- in just three quarters -- as Memphis manhandled the Huskies, 70-31. His seven scores tied a conference record set by former Tigers quarterback and current Broncos backup Paxton Lynch.
4. Alex Ovechkin
The puck dropped on the NHL season just a few days ago, but "Ovi" is already in midseason form, recording a pair of tremendous outings in Washington's first two games. He had his 18th career hat trick in a 5-4 victory over Ottawa in the season opener, then matched his career high with four goals in a 6-1 rout of the Canadiens. He earned the NHL's First Star of the Week for his efforts.
3. Alex Smith
Smith is no longer the "game manager" that he was in his first 12 NFL seasons. After posting another 300-plus yard passing game in a 42-34 Kansas City win over Houston, he ranks third in the NFL in passing yards and has 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions thus far for the undefeated Chiefs. That's not a game manager, that's a game changer.
Update: He's still faster than ya.- Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 9, 2017
Smith ➡ Hill for a 38-yard gain. pic.twitter.com/a4aX2DiRfK
2. Sylvia Fowles
The 2017 WNBA MVP was nothing short of spectacular in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the Finals for the Minnesota Lynx. Fowles poured in 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to go along with four assists and three blocks as the Lynx held off a late rally by Los Angeles to claim their fourth WNBA title.
1. Jose Altuve
Altuve kicked off Houston's ALDS tilt against the Red Sox with a postseason record-tying three home runs in an 8-2 Astros victory in Game 1. He powered his squad's potent offense to a four-game series win, hitting .533 as his team clinched an ALCS berth.