This is getting sad and has become an all-too familiar refrain for fantasy owners of these players. But the disappearing acts by Allen Robinson, DeAndre Hopkins to name a few continued for yet another week. And these so-called fantasy studs aren’t the only ones in this respect (Russell Wilson, I’m looking at you). Between so many highly drafted guys coming up short consistently and all of the injuries, this has been a rather painful season for many a fantasy owner.
As for Week 8, so many star players were put in beautiful matchups, only to come up short (or not at all), leaving their owners no choice but to shake their heads, curse their TV, computer monitor and/or smart phone and wondering where it all went wrong for them. Players like Julio Jones (who just didn’t appear to be himself against the Packers, but checked out fine after the game), Mike Evans, Spencer Ware (suffered a concussion), Russell Wilson, T.Y. Hilton, you get the point, all struggled mightily.
But as Jordan Howard showed Monday night against the Vikings (26 att., 153 yds., TD; 4 rec., 49 yds.) it’s possible for someone who was once struggling to turn things around (and in a hurry). To be fair, I did suggest “Panic” with Howard last week, but before you go tar and feather me, let’s see what happens in Week 10 after the Bears come back from their bye.
In the meantime, two more No. 1 wide receivers make this week’s list as well as an entire team. Will any of these get back in track in Week 9?
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. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton is coming off his worst game of the season, but this isn’t the reason he is in this post as much as the fact that the Colts’ offense is clicking even with his weak performances and Donte Moncrief is healthy and back in a big way.
The Verdict: PATIENCE
You likely drafted Hilton knowing full well he will be a roller-coaster-ride type of player and Week 8 was hopefully just one of his valleys. Moncrief’s first week back from injury was a good one though and he appears to be Indianapolis’ No. 1 receiver. Playing 80 percent of the snaps and doing real damage, Hilton could become the second option. No need to bench or drop him, just know he won’t be the only option while Moncrief is around.
2. Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Mathews losing touches was hinted at by head coach Doug Pederson but Week 8 sideswiped Mathews owners in a big, big way. Darren Sproles received the most touches and Mathews only carried the ball five times. Uh oh.
The Verdict: PANIC
Mathews really wasn’t much of a fantasy commodity as it was, and was hopefully a bye week fill-in for owners who aren’t in deep leagues. Now the concern should be there as Mathews has clearly fallen out of favor in Philadelphia. Even if Sproles is hurt, or just can’t handle the heavy workload, the Eagles seem to like rookie Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner is still on the roster and another candidate to take touches away from Mathews.
3. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews may be a trade-worthy player in fantasy leagues. He is coming off of a high target and reception game so his value may be at a season high right now.
The Verdict: Patience
You really have no choice but to roll with Matthews at this point but if you can shop him for a player like Donte Moncrief or someone along those lines I would do it immediately. Defenses are honing in on Matthews and last week was an oddity considering he had not posted more than four receptions since Week 2. The yardage is there thanks to the occasional big play, but those have been far and far between because of all the defensive attention he garners.
4. Vikings’ Fantasy Weapons
I fully realize many of you don’t have many Vikings in fantasy as there are only a few individual players worthy of being owned, let alone started. (Minnesota’s DST, even after Monday night’s show in Chicago, has been the exception.) But there also is a reason for the low ownership rates when it comes to Vikings, RBs, WRs and TEs – Minnesota’s offensive line is an injury-riddled sieve right now that can’t run block or protect Sam Bradford.
The Verdict: PANIC
Until players get healthy, or something changes in the line’s performance, Bradford is going to continue to find himself under constant duress and he’s already showing signs of “happy feet” when he does drop back. The lack of offensive rhythm and cohesion by extension hurts Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, any Viking, on that side of the ball. There are no holes to run through and no time to throw. The offense is really struggling right now as evidenced by the 258 total yards and 10 points Minnesota managed in its Monday night loss to Chicago, a team that is now 2-6 on the season.
— 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.