Panic or Do Not Panic Week 1 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Most fantasy football owners prepare for weeks, even months for their fantasy football drafts, and when it’s all over, they hope that their team is the best. After week one of the NFL season, some of us are rejoicing in our selections, while some of us are agonizing over them. Now it’s decision making time regarding the waiver wire, and who we have on our current rosters. I like to see a lot of opinions, and I hope mine help you make some of your tough decisions. That being said, it’s only Week 1, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players by Week 3. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..
BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor- Never been a fan, and with WR Sammy Watkins ailing, I can’t see him worth starting over many other QBs.
CHI QB Jay Cutler- Even “if” this guy has a big game passing, his “weekly” INTs and fumbles will end up hurting his stats.
MIA QB Ryan Tannehill- One of the most over-rated QBs in the NFL. Game after game, there are guys wide open, whether it be a wide receiver streaking long, a the TE over the middle, or a running back swinging out from the backfield…..Tannehill doesn’t see them.
BALT Joe Flacco- Gritty quarterback, but WR Steve Smith is a shell of himself, TE Ben Watson was lost for the season, and TE Maxx Williams has been a bust.
TENN RB Derrick Henry- RB D Murray made the case Week 1 for no RBBC. Henry will get some carries, and some receptions, but probably only has real good value going forward if Murray gets hurt.
ND RB Frank Gore- Three things bother me about owning Gore. 1) Luck likes to throw too much…i.e. there is no ground game established. 2) QB Luck rarely throws to Gore, who is actually a good receiving back. 3) Either Luck likes be the hero and always throw the TD pass in the redzone, or he likes to run it in. ( Faces Denver Week 2…ugh )
CLEV RB Duke Johnson- Too many fantasy football owners drafted RB Johnson “before’ RB Isaiah Crowell. Duke is more suited as a 3rd down receiving back, and that’s not what most fantasy football owners drafted him for.
Others almost too good to panic about…but:
ALT RB Devonta Freeman- Damn HC Quinn and his RBBC with T Coleman. ( how did that formula work in the first home game Quinn???)
CINN RB Jeremy Hill – His schedule is BRUTAL.
MIA WR Jarvis Landry- Likely drafted too high by fantasy football owners because he rarely gets an touchdowns ( only 4 in 2015). Nice PPR machine however.
CLEV WR Corey Coleman- Bad situation to begin with, and now with QB Robert Griffin out, not looking good. 2 receptions in Week 1.
NO WR Michael Thomas- The heralded rookie will take a back seat to WRs Cooks and Snead ( and eventually TE Fleener) all year.
BUFF WR Sammy Watkins- He says his foot is “fine after all”…….don’t believe it.
TB WR Vincent Jackson- He was barely an option a year ago ( #65 Wr for 2015…only 3 TDs). He hasn’t gotten younger, he’s gotten even older.
NE WR Danny Amendola- He’s now way down the on the receiving pecking order for the Pats.
Others almost too good to panic about…but:
DAL WR Dez Bryant- Here’s what’s really troubling…last year when QB Romo went down, QBs B Weeden and QB K Moore would not target Bryant, and they preferred WRs Williams/Beasley and TE Witten. This year when QB Romo went down, QB Dak Prescott is targeting WRs Williams/Beasley and TE Witten.
DEN WRs Dem Thomas/ Emmanuel Sanders- This is a run first, run 2nd, run 3rd offense and QB Siemian does not have a cannon for an arm ( When asked if he thinks he’ll play Week 2, WQR D Thomas (hip) said, “I don’t know. Taking it day by day.”)
SEA TE Jimmy Graham- Never 100% and has zero chemisrty with QB R Wilson since getting to Seattle. What’s changed?
CHI TE Zach Miller- Can you really wait around for this guy to finally catch on in Chicago, while there are viable TEs options for you on the Waiver Wire? ( 3 catches- 14 yards in Week 1 ) Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Link
PHIL Z Ertz- It’s never good news when the team announces that Zach Ertz (ribs) could miss an “extended period.”
JACK Blake Bortles- The #3 QB for 2015 only threw 1 TD pass vs Green Bay, and ended Week 1 as the #16 quarterback. Don’t Panic…SD, BALT and IND are next up.
OAK Derek Carr- Carr only threw one TD in week 1, but he averaged 2 a game in 2016.
MINN RB Adrian Peterson- Not sure what to make of his 31 yard performance in Week 1, but rest assured…it bothered no one more so, than AP. Don’t Panic, even with QB Bridgewater out.
DAL RB Zeke Elliott- ( only 51 yards and 1 TD Week 1) Best O-Line in the NFL. The rookie put up huge numbers…soon.
TB RB Doug Martin- 2015, he was in contract year so one has to wonder how motivated Martin is in 2016. Last year’s #3 RB was 11/ 53 yards in Week 1 of 2015….so he’s done this before, and it turned out just fine.
GB RB Eddie Lacy- Did not find the endzone in Week 1, but he will.
LAR Todd Gurley- Don’t let Week 1 worry you
JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns– Zero TDs between the 2….doubt it happens very often…if again this year.
NYJ Brandon Marshall- Only 3/8 targets for 32 yards and 0 TDs in the Jets’ Week 1 loss to Cincinnati. If this scared any fantasy football owner into wanting to trade him “away”….jump on it!
DET WR Golden Tate- Tate got 7 targets, while Marvin Jones got 10, but Stafford does that… he will have a different favorite target every game. Don’t panic on Tate because RB Theo won’t have 2 TDs often, and Ebron won’t get a TD reception often.
ARI WR Michael Floyd- 7 targets in Week 1 ( to WR L Fitz’s 10) but Floyd is a big. fast target and I think he produces the most when 2016 is over.
SEA WR Tyler Lockett- With QB Russell Wilson getting injured, Week 1 cannot be a gauge for the rest of the season. Don’t panic!
IND WR TY Hilton- Faced Detroit Week 1, and faces Denver in Week 2, but then…..San Diego, Jacksonville, Chicago, Houston and Tennessee. ( WR Moncrief is the threat to steal TD receptions)
TENN Delanie Walker- (3 catches for only 42 yards) The titans played Minnesota Week 1, who are one of the best NFL team’s defending the TE position. Tennessee battles Detroit Week 2, one of the worst NFL team’s defending the TE position.
SD TE Antonio Gates- With WR Keenan Allen going down for the season, Gates will be asked to do a lot more.
PITT TE Jesse James- Only 31 yards in Week 1, but he was targeted in the endzone. QB Roethlis berger likes him ( a lot more than he does WR Sammie Coates) and the chemistry is building.