Fantasy Football: Not too early for big moves
It is always dangerous to rush to conclusions based on a small sample size. However, the NFL season is so short that it is important to make some quick decisions of who is worth sticking with and who you need to downgrade, even when you only have two weeks of play complete.
At the QB position, there is still reason for optimism if you have Tom Brady (Patriots) or Russell Wilson (Seahawks) on your roster. Brady’s stock will improve when he gets back his top receiving targets: Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson’s numbers should see an uptick as his schedule softens. On the flip side, as long as his coaches force him to be a pocket passer and refuse to let him use his legs, Cam Newton (Panthers) is unlikely to perform like the elite fantasy player we all expected him to be.
The RB position is filled with early underperformers. However, it would be wise to stay the course with top talents such as CJ Spiller (Bills), Trent Richardson (Browns) and Stevan Ridley (Patriots). The David Wilson (Giants) panic is also overblown, although he should be downgraded somewhat since he is one fumble away from seeing the bench. Meanwhile, if Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) can’t produce against the lowly Raiders, there isn’t reason for optimism moving forward, since the Jaguars will likely be behind and forced to throw in most of their games.
At the WR position, top targets like Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), Steve Smith (Panthers) and Antonio Brown (Steelers) should start putting up better numbers as their teams are each forced to air the ball out more often in future weeks. On the flip side, players such as Eric Decker (Broncos), Kenny Britt (Titans) and Miles Austin (Cowboys) should be downgraded, as their respective teams are taking away the targets they used to receive in order to get other players more involved.
Alex Case is amNY’s fantasy football columnist.