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Fantasy Football 2016 Patience or Panic: Marvin Jones, Travis Kelce, Devontae Booker, Jarvis Landry

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We are getting ever so close to the fantasy playoffs everyone. It is a nerve-wracking and exciting time of the season. I know my leagues are split 50/50 with top-tier teams and some underperforming dregs.

However, if you happen to be in the middle of the pack, it’s a position not made any easier (or more appetizing) because of players who have been frustrating and seemingly up and down all season. Now is not a time you want to feel obligated to play a guy because of name alone and have them continue to struggle.

But you also can’t quit on a guy after one week, or even two in some cases. Allen Robinson had seven bad weeks before coming back to fantasy relevance this past Sunday. Will this continue going forward? As a heavy A Rob owner I certainly hope so. Fourth-quarter garbage time or not, fantasy points are fantasy points right? Just feed him the ball!

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. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

Three weeks now without a touchdown. Five weeks without more than four receptions and only two of those five weeks with more than 70 yards. The early-season darling is coming back to earth in a big way. Owners are reasonably concerned and for good reason.

The Verdict: Patience

Jones’ remaining matchups aren’t terrible, facing only the Vikings and their legitimate secondary again in a few weeks. Although Detroit exposed Minnesota’s defense last week, Jones was not a part of that. Jacksonville, Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans and Dallas remain. None of these teams have shutdown secondaries and Detroit will be looking to stay in the playoff hunt too. Passing is the key to the Lions’ success. Jones will get some targets and have success again. Detroit is on bye this week and you can find someone else in Week 11 if a suitable option is there, but don’t give up on Mr. Jones just yet.

2. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce is one of the most frustrating fantasy players to own without a doubt. The talent is there and he certainly has the ability to be a top tight end in the league. Look no further than his Week 8 explosion (7 rec., 101 yds., TD). Aside from a few other weeks with touchdowns however, his numbers are pedestrian for the position most weeks (especially if he gets ejected from a game).

The Verdict: Patience

There isn’t much you can do with Kelce but play him and hope the volume remains high each week. Even a lower yardage week can be salvaged with a touchdown and Kelce has been able to get those this season. I ride out Kelce knowing it will be a roller coaster, but his last two weeks had enough promise for me to have high hopes for the fantasy playoffs. 

3. Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

The running back darling everyone was screaming to dethrone C.J. Anderson loudly proclaimed his arrival after Anderson’s injury. Booker was the lead back, and his success in limited carries led everyone to believe he would be a top-10 fantasy RB for sure. Then enter Week 9.

The Verdict: Patience

In reality, it was just one week. But it was still a rough one (10 att., 27 yds.), but aside from the long big pass play from Kapri Bibbs, Booker’s role is safe. Again he produced in a very big way in Weeks 7 and 8. Have faith in the kid, his talent is real and it should be on full display against New Orleans next week. If he can’t produce there, however, this changes to Panic.

4. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Landry was in a dream matchup against the weak Jets secondary and his quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not help his cause at all. Landry ended the day with three receptions for 33 yards. Pitiful for owners who were excited to get high volume and production, especially in DFS (hint: It was me).

The Verdict: Patience

Landry doesn’t score touchdowns or break huge plays but what he does typically is catch seven or more passes for 75-plus yards. In PPR leagues that is a secure 10 or more fantasy points per week. This week was brutal but Landry is still a top target in Miami and the Dolphins figure to throw more in games to come. A touchdown here and there is icing on the cake.

— 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 Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.