Panic Week 2

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 2

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 2 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The original Utter-Fantasy weekly Panic/ Don’t Panic updates: 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 2, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 3. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..





TB QB J Winston- Fantasy Football owners need to be concerned, very concerned about Winston’s schedule. Just like RB Jeremy Hill in Cincinnati, we thought we were getting a great player, and we did! Their brutal schedule however are killing us. The Bucs face the Rams in Week 3, then Denver, Carolina and then a bye! UGH!

NO QB Drew Bress- Don’t panic for 2 more weeks actually. ( Atlanta then San Diego) After that however, Brees has a bye in Week 5….followed by CAR…KC…SEA…SF…DEN…CAR….LAR….etc. After Week 4, I’d consider selling high.



BALT RB J Forsett- There are just TOO many running backs getting touches in Baltimore, and I don’t care if one of them has a fluke monster week. I don’t want any of them.

JACK RB TJ Yeldon- This ‘Bama RB I think will always be more Richardson than Lacy to me, and Ivory is coming back.

CHI RB Jeremy Langford- I hate QB Cutler being out but you could pick and choose the right games for Langford ( Week 5 IND, Week 6 JACK) and sit the others.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

CINN RB Jeremy Hill – His schedule is BRUTAL.

BUFF RB Le McCoy- His schedule is BRUTAL.

ALT RB Devonta Freeman-  Tevin Coleman is simply stealing too much. I can not see Freeman coming even close to his 2015 stats as the #1 RB. Even after only two weeks, if another fantasy football owner still has a man-crush for Freeman, and package him with say….RB Gore and wide out I could use…I’d probably jump on it.



CHI WR Alshon Jeffrey/ Kevin White- How can you not be panicking…QB J Cutler out 2-3 weeks with a hand injury, which mean QB B Hoyer, and a sieve for an O line.

WASH WRS- Believe it or not, I still think QB Kirk Cousins is a decent quarterback, but with De Jackson, P Garcon, Doctson, Grant, Reed, V Davis, and receiving RBs.….how can you start a WASH wide out and sit someone else?

DEN  WR Emmanuel Sanders- A dream match up in Week 2 and Sanders managed only 3 catches for 39 yards. If you can stand to Panic one more week ( tough one at Cincinnati Week 3) …he does have more dream match ups coming, but will there ever be chemistry between Sanders and new QB Siemian???

TENN WR Rishard Matthews- 7 players had receptions in Week 1 for the Titans, 8 players had receptions in Week 2 for the Titans, and Rishard was not a top target for the team in either week. Too boom or bust for me to start over someone else. Currently #86 WR in the NFL.

NO WR Michael Thomas- The heralded rookie will take a back seat to WRs Cooks and Snead all year.

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.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

GB Randall Cobb- Currently the #60 wide out in the NFL….with zero touchdowns AND James Jones out-scored Cobb in 2015. I’d sell high.



CLEV TE Gary Barnidge- As much as I hated to do it, I waivered away Barnidge from every team Week 2, for PITT Jesse James, or BALT Pitta. Barnidge is a great athlete, but after two weeks of nothing, I do not see light at the end of this Brown tunnel. ( I apologize for the visual.)

NO Coby Fleener-  I am asked a ton about this guy, and maybe the Colts knew something when they let one of Luck’s good  friends leave…who knows…but I prefer PITT Jesse James and others. Utter-Fantasy Waiver Wire Link






GB QB Aaron Rodgers- This is a no-brainer even after his – 213 yards and only 1 TD performance in Week 2, but it does help support my yearly theory of not drafting a QB too early, unless in VERY large leagues.

IND Andrew Luck- Week 2 was bad, but it was expected vs Denver. San Diego is up next, then Jacksonville, then Chicago…….yummy!

DET Matthew Stafford- 260 yards and 1 TD isn’t great ( esp. compared to a lot of other QBs Week 20 AND playing Green Bay Week 3, but Chicago next followed by 3 straight home games. Don’t Panic, I understand if you also don’t feel great about him right now.



ARI RB David Johnson- It is very possible…we all expected too much from an RB who only had 125 carries in 2015. Rough schedule!!!

HOU RB Lamar Miller- Miller has yet to hit the endzone, and he probably won’t again in Week 3. Houston has a tough schedule in the 1st half, but be patient because Miller’s 2nd half will pay off big time, if he stays healthy.

DAL RB Zeke Elliott- Slow start and I too am hearing the “conditioning issues”… BUT…still the best O-Line in the NFL and remember that this team made a star out of Darren McFadden, who’s 1st big game didn’t come until Week 7

LAR RB Todd Gurley- Here’s the stats you have been waiting for I think….Rams at the Bucs Week 3. ( in the Panic section next week if he doesn’t)



TY Hilton– Plenty to panic about for the first 2 weeks, but his schedule is mouth-watering for a good stretch AND TD stealer WR D Moncrief is OUT for 4-6 weeks.

JACK Allen Hurns- Be Patient….. JACK WR Allen Hurns 2015 Week 1- 5/60/0 TD…Week 2 4/68/0 TD………………….2016 Week 1- 4/75/0 TD…Week 2 5/64/0 TD

ARI WR Michael Floyd- Gotta love WR Larry Fitz always, but it’s a LONG season and Fitz will wear down before Floyd does. Stay patient.



DAL TE Jason Witten- I am confident that QB Dak Prescott will learn to lean on Witten ( and WR Dez Bryant) as Romo did, rather than WR Cole Beasley.

WASH TE J Reed- Always hard for any player to follow up a monster season with another monster, but some do. Big games coming for Reed I believe in Weeks 3, 4 and 5.

Others almost too good to panic about…but:

KC TE T Kelce- This guy is taken early every season, and he still plays for the conservative, predictable, run first Chiefs……who has QB Alex ” Deacon Dunk’ as their QB.