Panic or Do Not Panic Week 5 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
“Panic/ Don’t Panic” updates are an Utter-Fantasy original weekly column that tries to help fantasy football owners decide on players that should be producing big weeks for them, but so far, are not. 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 5, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 6. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..
NYG QB Eli Manning- Manning has 5 TD passes in 5 games, with 3 coming in Week 1 . ( so 2 TD passes in the past 4 games!) With BALT and LAR up next and WR Odell Beckham unable to keep his cool….you can “Panic.”
NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- Likely to be a regular here, because his NFL performances have been dismal, his receiving corps are decimated and his schedule is brutal.
DAL Dak Prescott- “Panic” a little. Although he’s winning games, I think Dallas is serious when they say it’s still QB Romo’s job when he gets back. The Cowboys have played Chicago, San Francisco and Cincinnati, 2 of them at home, so Prescott was suppose to win those. He’s averaging only 240 yards a game. Green Bay and Philadelphia up next.
CINN RB Jeremy Hill– I’ve warned of his brutal schedule, and now he’s injured. I wish I didn’t have him on any of my teams, but I do.
LAR RB Todd Gurley- His production hasn’t been worthy of his early first round draft pick that is for certain. Defenses just are not afraid of the Rams quarterback, and why would they be, so they can stack the box. Although he has some nice match ups in the 2nd half, I’d be willing to package him for the right deal.
NYJ RB Matt Forte- Almost zippo for stats the past 3 weeks. It won’t get much better because of his schedule until after his Week 11 Bye…IF he is healthy.
JACK RB Chris Ivory- is back and playing terrible. JACK RB TJ Yeldon’s performance in Week 4 & Week 5 were actually rather impressive.
Others too good to panic about…but:
OAK RB Latavius Murray- Even if he comes back from his toe injury, which we know can linger, he will share with RB DeAndre Washington. His not the starter that we drafted early, prior to Week 1.
CHI WR Alshon Jeffery- He’s had great match ups and done nothing with new QB Brian Hoyer. If at home vs the Jags in Week 6 doesn’t help you in your fantasy leagues, you may want to move on from him. GB, then at MINN, then a Bye up next.
NYG WR Sterling Shapard- With TONs of promise, Shepard goes as Manning goes, which is down the toidy! Manning has 2 TDs in the past 4 games.
BALT WR Mike Wallace- Unfortunately he is dependent on a huge play to have a good game. Those are few and far between. He also wears down like Steve Smith does and he’s injured.
Others too good to panic about…but:
SEA WR Doug Baldwin- Baldwin has tow good games so far, and two stinkers….BUT… QB R Wilson has been injured. Hopefully both come back from Bye Week healthy and motivated. Stay Patient.
DON’T PANIC QBs
ATL QB Matt Ryan- Ryan took on Carolina and Denver and did very well, although his stats in Week 3 and 5 were not great.
JACK QB Blake Bortles- Chicago, Oakland and Tennessee up after their Week 5 Bye. Don’t Panic.
TB QB J Winston- Before their upcoming Bye in Week 6, Tampa Bay had to fight the Rams, the Broncos and the Panthers…ouch! Starting in Week 7, the 49ers, the Raiders, the Falcons and the Bears. Buy low.
DON’T PANIC RBs
HOU RB Lamar Miller- His schedule has not been easy, but he is still healthy and with outstanding match ups coming in 2nd half. Let’s see how he does at home vs a bad INDY, but I wouldn’t trade him away. Fantasy football owners who don’t have him, are now trying to get him.
SEA RB C Michael- I admit to not being a huge believer in RB Michael, because he has had many opportunities before 2016 to be successful, and he hasn’t been. Despite only having one good game so far, RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) is expected to miss all of October AND QB Russell Wilson is close to being healthy.
PHIL RB Ryan Mathews- Although it was not a huge day after his Week 5, Ryan in Week 6 had 75 total yards and a TD. He’s healthy and is the starter.
DON’T PANIC WRs
JACK WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns- After their Week 5 bye, Jags have CHI-OAK-TENN and KC. It has to get better!
HOU WR Will Fuller- The Houston wide outs were not going to have good days vs New England nor Minnesota. QB Brock Osweiler grew a little in those tough games, and has INDY up next. (May have to sit Fuller Week 7 vs Denver however.)
GB WR Jordy Nelson- Only one big game so far, and you drafted him early for better games than one big game so far. They are coming! At home vs DAL and CHI….then at ATL, then back home vs INDY. Yummy!