So here we are, two weeks in and your fantasy players have not lived up to expectations. Maybe they have just had a down week? Or maybe there are larger issues to come? Below we highlight a few players who have not lived up to expectations after week two. Is it time to look elsewhere or can these guys be expected to bounce back?
Wilson is currently ranked somewhere around twentieth in scoring among fantasy quarterbacks. Seattle has had one offensive touchdown through two games, and Wilson is yet to clear two-hundred yards passing in a game. While I am not recommending a full-on panic, it is time to start looking for quarterbacks to stash in case his struggles continue. His offensive line has not shown that they can protect him, and there is once again the problem of not being able to integrate former Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham with this offense. We have seen how high the ceiling can be for this group, but we are currently seeing the floor. Alex Smith may be a nice gap-fill until the Seahawks can fix their offense.
If you drafted your quarterback in the later rounds, hopefully you did not end up with Bengal’s quarterback Andy Dalton. The entire city of Cincinnati is panicking! You should do the same if you drafted Dalton. Look for help elsewhere. The Bengals may have the worst O-line in all of football, which is not good for a very average quarterback. This offenses’ poor play likely has much to do with the Bengals allowing two of their best linemen to walk in free agency, while doing nothing to replace them. Andy Dalton will likely end up a tackling dummy for most of the season, leaving him useless in fantasy land. He has averaged under 200 yards passing per game, thrown 4 interceptions, and is yet to throw a touchdown.
While I am not ready to panic on Murray, it would be wise to start building a back-up plan. Even if Henry is not going to completely take his job, he is certainly building a strong case for more touches. At his ADP, owners likely expected Murray to lead this backfield in carries. Through two games he has 21 carries, 69 rushing yards and zero touchdowns. While Derrick Henry has 20 carries for 117 yards (97 yards in one game) and one touchdown. Henry has averaged 5.9 YPC, compared to 3.2 YPC for Murray. Murray is also dealing with a hamstring issue. With this much uncertainty, it would be wise to start making running back depth a priority.
With a lack of depth at the position, you cannot afford to panic and drop a running back who was drafted in early rounds. Instead you need to attempt to stream backs (pass catching backs in PPR formats) and hopefully perform patch work until your running back gets rolling. The problem in Chicago is that they lack offensive options, allowing defenses to turn their attention toward their young running backs. After posting over 1500 all-purpose yards and 7 touchdowns a season ago, Howard certainly appears capable of righting the ship, it is the circumstances around him that may end up slowing him down. Exercise patience with Howard and expect some inconsistencies.
The wait for Andrew Luck to get healthy continues. Until that time Hilton will be tough to trust. Over two games with Brissett and Tolzien under center he has accounted for 7 receptions and 107 yards. Not the Hilton we have come to expect. For contrast, he averaged 90 yards per game in 2016. Hilton becomes match up dependent without Andrew Luck. Play him against the Browns and continue wait on Luck.
Speaking of Brandon Marshall, the wide receiver here, it is panic time! In fact, he is not playable at this point. Through two games he has a lousy 2 receptions for 27 yards. He cannot be trusted until he shows he can be productive. If you do not have a better option look to the waiver wire for help. Marshall is a good stash candidate at this point as Eli Manning seems to be streaky, and when he gets this offense working again Marshall’s value may skyrocket.