These stars are clearly not droppable, but can owners afford to wait another few weeks for them to return to prominance?
Last week’s Patience or Panic post had some bigger and surprising names. Many of these names continued to flounder in Week 6. This is truly the midseason point for most fantasy leagues and it is the time to start making tough choices, or pushes to bolster your squad however necessary. I will be writing another post this week concerning just this, so keep your eyes peeled for my midseason strategies coming soon on AthlonSports.com.
Anyhow, let’s get back to Week 6. There were plenty of dud performances last week from some highly drafted, well-known stars, while others remain hurt and not on the field. Either way the seeds of doubt have been planted for all the players mentioned in this space, in some capacity.
I hope to help you decide to temper the storm for another week, bench some surprising bums, or simply cut bait. Let’s decide whether to have Patience or Panic!
Patience or Panic?
1. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (Averaging 6.72 fantasy points per game)
Lacy has been a sinking ship over the last few weeks. Without much clarification, there has been grumblings of a lingering ankle injury. Yet the Packers are undefeated, and Lacy continues to get some touches. Sure it was only four last week, but he did have 13 in Week 5 and only racked up 27 yards! Something is going on with the big fella, and as a fantasy owner of Lacy you should be very concerned.
The Verdict: Panic (Bench or PURSUE in trade-style panic)
This may seem contradictory, and I will cover it more in my upcoming article, but if you have talent on your bench you may want to consider making a move for Lacy now. He will never be cheaper, and at worst you swing and miss on a bench player.
If you own him you definitely need to bench him if he isn’t deemed healthy in Week 8. Luckily you have a bye week to see what happens. For now, James Starks is serviceable, which means the Packers may not rush Lacy, if indeed he is hurt in some manner.
2. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (9.3 FPPG)
Kelce overall has been putting up solid numbers for the landmine that is the tight end position. The issue has been consistency and usage. Jeremy Maclin has clearly changed the Chiefs’ less-than-stellar passing attack, but if you remove Kelce’s Week 1 performance his average points per week dips to 6.6 fppg. Some owners may have doubts, but in all reality there isn’t much you can do but continue to play him.
The Verdict: Patience
Unlike last week’s tight end Jimmy Graham, Kelce is still seeing five-plus targets a week. If you toss in Maclin’s concussion late in Week 6 and the loss of Jamaal Charles for the season, Kelce is now Kansas City’s best, and healthiest, offensive weapon. Look for him to start putting up comparable numbers. If you have someone in your league who owns him and has a decent option at tight end you may want to shoot them an offer for Kelce.
3. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (3.7 FPPG since Week 3)
Brown has been putrid since Ben Roethlisberger went down. Most of this is attributed to the quarterback play. Landry Jones came in and had a nice finish with two touchdowns, although none of them went to the Steelers’ All-Pro receiver. Perhaps they can get on the same page in Week 7, but for now Brown owners are hurting.
The Verdict: Patience
Brown is still one of the best, if not THE best receiver in the game. Reports that Roethlisberger wants to come back soon and is nearly ready have to be reassuring for Brown owners. However, the last three weeks have been terrible, and those who were able to get wins either way with no production from their No. 1 WR, and likely first-round pick, should consider themselves very fortunate.
For now, if you have a legitimate option on your bench you may want to consider benching Brown. He is a must-start, but everyone has their limitations and winning is the ultimate goal here.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.