Panic or Do Not Panic Week 5

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…..

 

PANIC QBs

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.

 

PANIC RBs

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.

 

PANIC WRs

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!

 

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 4

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 4

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 4 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

The Utter-Fantasy original..the 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 4, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 5. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..

 

PANIC QBs

TENN Marcus Mariota- One of my “Panics” following Week 3-LINK- and Mariota has gone 2 weeks now without throwing a touchdown pass. The sophomore jinx is working at full capacity. Panic and Pass on ROS.….if he can’t right the ship with this schedule coming up … (MIA-CLEV-IND-JACK-SD )

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- We have seen this before. A quarterback demanding more money holds out in training camp and into the preseason, then fails miserably. Fitzpatrick’s performance Week 3 and Week 4 were embarrassments and his schedule is going to cause more embarrassments…SEA-PITT- then ARI  up next.

CINN QB Andy Dalton- The AJ Green connection is there, but nothing else is. He’s not getting Gio involved, he’s not getting WRs LaFell involved, nor the speedy rookie WR Tyler Boyd. Dalton has only 3 TDs on the season. If C Wentz or Dak Prescott were available, it may be time consider moving on from Dalton.

 

PANIC RBs

CINN  RB Jeremy Hill1) Hill’s schedule is BRUTAL. He has faced very tough teams vs the run and will so in upcoming games. 2) QB A Dalton is one of my “Panic” QBs, so how can the running game NOT be effected? At Dallas then at NE….ugh.

HOU RB Lamar Miller- Zero touchdowns in 2016 and topping 100 yards only once….how could you NOT be panicking? Let’s face it, we drafted him too high, but if you are in a deep league, you can’t drop or trade him. You just have to hope for some good games when he plays the weaker defenses.

JACK RB Chris Ivory- is back and playing terrible. JACK RB TJ Yeldon’s performance in Week 4 ( 14/71 averaging 5.1 yards per carry) really gave us reasons to “Panic” over Ivory. Who knows what will happen after their Bye week? I’d like to avoid both.

Utter-Fantasy’s “Panic” RBs from Week 3……T Rawls, J Forsett, TJ Yeldon, M Jones and Theo Riddick.

Others too good to panic about…but:

OAK RB Latavius Murray- Dealing with a (toe injury which we know can linger) is “doubtful” to play in Week 5 against the Chargers. RB DeAndre Washington is the Raiders’ likely starter for Week 5 against the Chargers.

 

PANIC WRs

MINN WR Stefon Diggs- Very talented but here’s why I’m about to “Panic”….you never know what the chemistry is going to be between a new QB ( Sam Bradford) and his new WRs. So far Diggs isn’t one of them. Only 40 yards in Week 3, only 47 yards in Week 5, and WRs Charles Johnson and C Patterson are getting more targets every week. TE K Rudolph is the redzone target.

CHI WR Alshon Jeffery- This guy is killing fantasy football owners who drafted him high, like yours truly. Now he’s injured.

GB WR Randall Cobb- Are you really surprised? It didn’t happen in 2015 when Jordy was out! Find a cheese-head who still loves Cobb and sell high.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd- Not the weapon yet, that we thought he’s be, and now TE Eifert is due back. He’ll have some good games, but unless you are in deep league, there must be better options for you.

Others too good to panic about…but:

JACK Allen Hurns- This guy is also killing fantasy football owners who drafted him high, like yours truly. QB Blake Bortles was the #16 QB in the NFL after Week 3, but the #9 after Week 4, so it’s getting better.

 

PANIC TEs

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge- Zero TDs and hasn’t topped more than 66 yards receiving. QB RG3 going sown really hurt his stats. Right now, I think I’d rather own SD TE Hunter Henry. ( Barndge’s targets have risen however)

IND TE Dwayne Allen- Although QB Luck was out much of 2015, did you know Allen only had 109 receiving yards and only 1 TD in 11 games last year? After his Week 1 performance, Allen now has a total of 75 yards in 3 games. That’s a 25 yards average.

ATL TE Austin Hooper- DEN TE Virgil Green- NYG TE Will Tye- Not enough targets.

 

DON’T PANIC QBs

SEA QB Russell Wilson- A Bye in Week 5 which will help Wilson tremendously to get healthy.  Stay patient.

JACK QB Blake Bortles- After a slow start, Bortles is starting to find his groove. QB Blake Bortles was the #16 QB in the NFL after Week 3, but the #9 after Week 4, so it’s getting better.

TB QB J Winston- His schedule was pretty rough, facing Arizona, L Rams, Denver and now Carolina in Week 5. After his Week 6 Bye, Winston has SF, OAK, ATL and Chicago. Buy low!

 

DON’T PANIC RBs

PHIL RB Ryan Mathews- PHIL QB C Wentz looks like the real deal, so defenses can’t just stack the box. HC Doug Pederson said Ryan Mathews (ankle) is healthy and will remain the Eagles’ starting running back

NE RB Le Blount- I know everyone is jumping off the Blount wagon, but I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. QB Tom Brady will be motivated and moving the ball up and down the field. I think Blount gets plenty of goal line opportunities. I may be wrong, but I see if I am before moving on from Blount.

DEN RB CJ Anderson- Big start in week 1, then an average Week 2, followed by a terrible Week 3. Like Lacy, then an average Week 4. Anderson’s schedule is so inviting, I want to find a fantasy football owner who has gotten discouraged and wants to trade him away.

 

DON’T PANIC WRs

NO WR Willie Snead- Snead started out the season very strong, but a tow injury had him miss week 3, followed by a below average week 4. Now on a bye week, he will be available in more leagues than he should be. He is reportedly back to 100%.

PHIL WR Jordan Matthews- Matthews had a great Week 1 ( 114 yards and 1 TD) then fell off some in Weeks 3 & 4. Every wide out has a few down weeks ( ATL Julio Jones had 1 catch for 16 yards in Week 3. Matthews is the #1 WR in Philly and may be available because of the Bye in Week 4.

OAK WR Amari Cooper- Defenses have been focusing on Cooper ( zero TDs in 2016) meanwhile WR Michael Crabtree hauled in 3 TDs in Week 4 and has out -targeted Cooper in back-to-back games. Week 4’s performance should cause defenses to pay attention to Crabtree and allow Cooper some huge games again.

DON’T PANIC TEs

TENN Delanie Walker- Walker led the team with 8 targets in Week 4 but his return from a one-week hamstring injury did not lead to a big game. QB Marcus Mariota’s sophomore slump is getting serious, but TENN has MIA-CLEV-IND-JACK in the next 4 weeks, and the last 3 are all home games. Delanie and Mariota will be 2016 busts if this 4 week schedule doesn’t help them.

DAL TE J Witten- Zero TDs in 2016, but he was targeted in the endzone a few times this year. 9 targets in Week 4 should be a sign of good things to come ( Dez is still injured)

Borderline:

KC Te Travis Kelce- One good game out of the first four. With the ultra conservative KC offense, this is about the pace you can expect.

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3

Panic or Do Not Panic Week 3 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The Utter-Fantasy original..the 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 3, so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players after Week 4. Until then….here’s my list of players to “Panic’ or “Do Not Panic” about…..

 

PANIC QBs

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- We have seen this before. A quarterback demanding more money holds out in training camp and into the preseason, then fails miserably. Fitzpatrick’s performance Week 3 was an embarrassment and his schedule is going going to cause more embarrassments…SEA and at PITT up next.

BUFF Tyrod Taylor- If you discount 2 flukey long TD passes in Week 2, Tyrod is averaging 125 passing yards a game- Still without WR Sammy Watkins, you can do better at QB in almost any format.

TENN Marcus Mariota- Mariota completed just 17/33 passes for 214 yards, no TDs, and two INTS in the Titans’ Week 3 loss to the Raiders. Panic Week 4.….but a VERY nice part of his schedule is coming up starting in Week 6… (CLEV-IND-JACK-SD )

 

PANIC RBs

SEA RB Thomas Rawls- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thomas Rawls (fibula) will miss multiple weeks. Move on.

BALT RB J Forsett- In a tasty match up at Jacksonville, Forsett carried the ball only 7 times. 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- RB Chris Ivory is back and ( although he didn’t do much with them) Ivory had 12 carries to Yeldon’s 6 carries in Week 3.

WASH Matt Jones- I warned fantasy football owners of Matt Jones all summer. I believe he is an outstanding RB out of the backfield, but not a good runner between the tackles. If he can’t “bring it” Week 4 at home vs Cleveland, you may need to make a tough roster decision going forward with him.

DET RB Theo Riddick – In 2015, Detroit had the worst average per run attempt of any NFL team. This is a “throw first” offense, and Riddick’s first week ( Week 1- 108 total yards and 2 TDs) may happen again….but I doubt it.

Others too good to panic about…but:

NO RB Mark Ingram- Runs very hard but the Saints are always playing from behind, and probably always will be in 2016. I’d trade him away if I could get a deal.

OAK Latavius Murray- The touchdowns are there, but the yardage IS NOT! ( 38 total yards in Week 3.) Oakland’s tough schedule and poor defense may never allow the Raiders to get a big lead and lean on Murray to carry the ball 20+ times in a game. (averaging only 10 carries a game)

 

PANIC WRs

GB WR Randall Cobb- Are you really surprised? It didn’t happen in 2015 when Jordy was out! Find a cheese-head who still loves Cobb and sell high.

CINN WR Tyler Boyd- Not the weapon yet, that we thought he’s be, and now TE Eifert is due back. He’ll have some good games, but unless you are in deep league, there must be better options for you.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews- Oakland has one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL, and Matthews managed only 3 lousy receptions. Move on if you can.

DET WR Golden Tate- The trouble is, QB Stafford is throwing to a lot of different weapons, and defenses are concentrating on taking Tate out of games. With only only 41 yards as his best game so far, you’ll have just get lucky when you start him.

Others too good to panic about…but:

DAL WR Dez Bryant- That QB Dak Prescott struggles to even want to look for Bryant. Fortunately Dallas’ schedule is worth waiting for Bryant to score a big game for us, if the ankle isn’t worst than expected.

 

PANIC TEs

DET TE Eric Ebron- Averaging 50 yards per game with only 1 TD. With so many weapons in Detroit, Ebron will be a boom-or-bust candidate every week. Note: that no tight end in the NFL is going crazy great so far, as only 5 TEs have 2 TD receptions each, and they aren’t the tight ends that you’d expect to have them.

DAL TE J Witten- Averaging 47 yards per game with 0 TDs. Like above, with so many weapons in Dallas, Witten will be a boom-or-bust candidate every week.

DEN TE Virgil Green- Not enough targets.

 

DON’T PANIC QBs

SEA QB Russell Wilson- HC Pete Carroll said Russell Wilson (knee) is doing “remarkably well,” and he expects him to practice Wednesday and play Week 4 against the Jets. Wilson’s slow start is due to injuries, but he has a Bye in Week 5 which will help tremendously. Stay patient.

CAR QB Cam Newton- Averaging less than 270 passing yards in 3 games, Cam has to be mentioned here. He has however, Atlanta, Tampa, and New Orleans up next….he WILL pad his stats in a big way the next 3 weeks.

 

DON’T PANIC RBs

HOU RB Lamar Miller- Miller just wasn’t going to have a big game in Week 3 traveling to New England. Week 4 is the big test to see if many of us drafted him too high, playing at home vs Tennessee.

GB RB Eddie Lacy- Slow start with zero TDs. On a bye, fantasy football owners will be sick of starting/ holding him. Buy low! Great schedule coming up!

DEN RB CJ Anderson- Big start in week 1, then an average Week 2, followed by a terrible Week 3. Like Lacy, Anderson’s schedule is so inviting, I want to find a fantasy football owner who has gotten discouraged and wants to trade him away.

 

DON’T PANIC WRs

KC WR Jeremy Maclin– Pittsburgh Week 4, followed by a Week 5 Bye. Scoop him up because after that starting in Week 6….OAK-NO-IND-JACK….!!!!

JACK WR Allen Hurns- Currently the #57 wide receiver in the NFL, and we did not draft him to be that. Takes on Indianapolis in Week 4, and he had better deliver.

SEA WR Tyler Lockett- QB Russell Wilson is getting healthy, so after the Seahawks Week 5 Bye, you can expect Lockett to get back on track.

 

DON’T PANIC TEs

TENN Delanie Walker- Walker was close to playing in Week 3, before being declared inactive. Titans coach Mike Mularkey expects Delanie Walker (hamstring) to resume practicing and start in Week 4. Too good to lose patience on.

WASH TE Jordan Reed- Fantasy football owners expected at least 2 TDs by Week 3, instead, they have ZERO. Fortunately the yards and targets are there. Stay patient.

Borderline:

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge- New life came for Barndige in Week 3 as the rookie QB targeted the talented tight end 6 times ( 5 catches for 66 yards) More will come, because the Browns will likely be playing from behind in most games.