The disappearing acts from expected fantasy studs like Alshon Jeffery, Allen Robinson and DeAndre Hopkins continued in Week 7. This has been a terrible season for unfortunate fantasy owners who have seen their high draft picks consistently fail to produce accordingly.
Some guys who were previously featured in Patience/Panic bounced back in a big way in Week 7 with huge performances. That had to be a welcome sight for Aaron Rodgers, Jeremy Hill and Melvin Gordon owners. Can we expect more of the same going forward?
Panic or Patience will be here every week, but for now you need to know if that big-name player who is stinking up your roster is worth holding on to, benching, trading away or even cutting.
Patience or Panic?
1. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Well another week, and another horrific fantasy performance from AR15. This isn’t entirely his fault, of course, since his quarterback Blake Bortles has been equally horrendous this season. But with Robinson coming off of a whopping 1.9 fantasy points in Week 7, and only three games with more than 10 you need to be worried. If you aren’t? Your team must be loaded!
The Verdict: PATIENCE
I have to say patience here, but Robinson’s season to date, and Bortles’ performance, has been terrifyingly bad. I am very concerned, but also need to preach patience for two reasons. Robinson is very very good, and is always a candidate for that garbage-time magic Bortles is well known for.
Most importantly though, Robinson is simply too valuable to trade at his current value! I have seen offers for players like Doug Baldwin, Larry Fitzgerald, and others who were drafted int the middle rounds for Robinson. This is adequate if you look solely at fantasy output. However you shouldn’t be making these deals unless you are truly in contention and need to do something. As for Keeper/Dynasty leagues? You are stuck folks, as you can NOT trade or give Robinson away right now.
2. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson and the Seahawks are winning (or tying) games so the coaching staff and 12s aren’t alarmed. However, the same can’t be said for Wilson’s fantasy owners, and for good reason. Wilson’s season has been mediocre at best. He only has one week with more than 20 fantasy points this season, and bye week has already passed for him to recover from his bumps and bruises any more.
The Verdict: Patience
The hope is that Wilson won’t get any more beat up or hobbled while wearing a brace on his knee. Unfortunately, the byproduct of that is he’s clearly not the mobile quarterback he’s been in the past, an element that helped fuel his appealing fantasy value. A top-five fantasy QB putting up 18 fantasy points per week is merely average, and isn’t helping those owners who drafted him high or paid a nice sum for him. I haven’t been starting him with plenty of waiver wire options for now, but I am holding on to him with the hopes he either loses the brace or takes some time off to get 100 percent healthy. The Seahawks will want the same soon enough as another playoff berth looks more and more likely.
3. Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
Coming off a very solid outing Week 6 against the Eagles, Jones’ inability to hold on to the ball continue. He now has two fumbles in the last three weeks and all at terrible times in the red zone. He had six last season as well, so this is a very real concern. And it’s apparent it’s gotten the attention of his head coach too, which is never a good sign.
The Verdict: Panic
After Jones got stripped on Sunday heading to the end zone he only received five more carries the rest of the way, finishing with 27 yards on a total of 10 rushes. Backup and third-down back Chris Thompson has fared well this season and will certainly be eating into Jones touches, especially if his fumble-itis continues. Head coach Jay Gruden also mentioned Rob Kelley as a potential candidate to get more touches in his Monday press conference.
4. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
Howard was off to a fantastic start as the workhorse in Chicago (following an injury to Jeremy Langford) and his owners were rejoicing in their very cheap gem they had coming off the bench. How quickly things have changed when he had only 34 rushing yards on 15 carries against Jacksonville in Week 6. He followed that up with just 22 yards on only seven carries in the Thursday night loss to Green Bay. This is concerning, especially with Ka’Deem Carey doing well with the opportunities he’s getting.
The Verdict: Panic
Howard now appears to be in a committee situation with Carey, and with Jay Cutler coming back from injury, the Bears will likely be getting Alshon Jeffery more involved, which could limit Howard’s touches a bit more. Either way, for now I would not be starting Howard with any confidence and hope the three weeks of production helped you in the short term. Oh yeah, next up on the schedule is a Monday night date with Minnesota, which ranks fourth or higher in the four major defensive categories, followed by a bye in Week 9. Be worried folks.
— 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.