How concerned should you be about C.J. Anderson's slow start if he's on your fantasy team?
This is the first installment of a new weekly post that will discuss fantasy football players that are giving their owners headaches and heartburn. This week will admittedly be a little shorter and will be heavier on the patience side.This is primarily because the season is still very young, and no one should be overly concerned at this point of the season. Once Week 4 rolls around however your fantasy squads may be floundering or winning a few, but with some stars struggling mightily.
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That is where this post will come in to play. I am here to hopefully ease your nerves, concerns and preach patience or help push you over the edge to sell, cut or bench a player because of their performance. Sometimes the most difficult questions are start or sit, but they are also “Should I be concerned about Player A” or “Should I be cutting/trading Player B.”
Roster management is a critical factor in fantasy football success. What if you decided to hold out hope for Montee Ball or Trent Richardson last season rather than cutting bait and scooping up Justin Forsett? Or worse, what if you panicked too soon and traded the struggling Marshawn Lynch, or Eddie Lacy for LeSean McCoy?
These are all real scenarios, and examples of knowing when to resist the urge to cut-bait, or to take the plunge and move on with your life.
Each week I will be naming some players who are struggling and whether fantasy owners should Panic or be Patient.
Good luck this week everyone, and be sure to keep checking AthlonSports.com for all the fantasy guidance, rankings, injury updates, DFS content and Start/Sit posts your little hearts desire.
Patience or Panic?
1. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos (12.7 PPR Fantasy Pts YTD)
Anderson has been as disappointing as they come for running backs in 2015. He was drafted in the top three rounds, and was projected as a top-3 RB by many in the Industry. His 2014 season was spectacular, and there is still hope for a rebound. However 12 carries a week, splitting time on the field with the perfectly capable Ronnie Hillman is concerning to say the least.
The Verdict: Patience
As I noted earlier it has been two weeks. Denver's offensive line is struggling mightily and the Broncos are not routing opponents, allowing the run game to take over. This still should happen, and Anderson’s talent is sure to break through eventually. If he has another week of mediocrity, concern will be there. For now, if you have the depth I would consider benching him and cross your fingers he blows up in Week 3.
2. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints (11.1 PPR Fantasy Pts YTD)
All offseason Cooks was being hyped as the No. 1 target, a breakout candidate, and someone worth taking in the early rounds of your fantasy drafts. So far he hasn’t come close to meeting expectations. Cooks very well could be on this list again next week, especially if Drew Brees is out for an extended period of time.
The Verdict: Patience
Cooks has all the skills and attributes to be a stud wide receiver and after two weeks there is no reason to be kicking him to the curb... yet. However kicking him to your bench for this upcoming week is not a terrible idea at all.
3. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens, (21.6 PPR Fantasy Pts YTD)
Forsett could almost be cut and pasted from C.J. Anderson above. He is not doing what he was able to do in 2014 with a decent amount of volume. Lorenzo Taliaferro returned in Week 2 and was able to snipe a red-zone carry for a touchdown and nearly timeshare with Forsett. This is disconcerting for Forsett owners, and they should be concerned. However it is early and Forsett likely only needs a longer run, or big play to get going and boost his confidence. Once he has a game where he can dominate, he should be just fine.
The Verdict: Patience
Forsett like Anderson is the more talented back in Baltimore, and although the touchdowns may dip a bit with Taliaferro looming, Forsett is a weapon in the passing game and has some easier opponents in the near future. It is easy to forget Denver has one of the better rush defenses in the league, and he wasn’t terrible against Oakland.
4. Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts (12.7 PPR Fantasy Pts YTD)
Although many considered Johnson past the point of no return entering this season, there was a glimmer of hope on a new team with a talented quarterback. So far Johnson has looked slow, unable to get open and the faint hopes of him being a big target in the end zone are looking like a dream.
The Verdict: PANIC
If your team has some talented receivers on the bench or even if there are players on the waiver wire you have to consider it. Johnson still carries the big name, so perhaps someone would bite on him in a trade offer, but for now he needs to ride the pine in fantasy, and depending on bench depth he is droppable.
— 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.