Few in this world are subject to over-reaction like the fantasy football owner. All the months preparing, reading, mock drafting and ranking and then your team tanks in Week 1.
Funny too, because fantasy owners often are the most confident bunch after “dominating” their drafts.
When you feel the fear and anxiety starting to set in after week one, take a deep breath. It is a long season. Not every player who did well in Week 1 is going to continue doing well, and not every player who did poorly is going to continue playing poorly.
Identifying the have from the have nots now will save you a lot of stress now and later. Some candidates after the first weekend:
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Buccaneers
Blount was upset with his lack of work in Week 1, and the Bucs went on to admit that they should have given him the ball more despite playing catch-up against Detroit. The first game was a wake up call for Tampa Bay, so expect to see him heavily involved going forward.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
Nothing to see here. Had a terrible Week 1, but it really was a result of offensive turnovers and being behind by a lot early in this game. Mendenhall should mends his fantasy owners wounds in a big way against Seattle this weekend.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
Same for Big Ben. The Steelers will bounce back after a lackluster performance against Baltimore. There should be plenty to go around from a fantasy perspective for this offense this weekend.
Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Like Mendenhall and the Steelers, the Saints were playing catch-up with Green Bay last Thursday. This offense is going to score points and will be ahead of teams most games. That is when you will see Ingram shine.
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
The new-look Jets are a passing offense, according to the debut against Dallas last Sunday. Sanchez topped 300 yards passing and the Jets even chose to throw the ball three times at the goal line on one trip instead of giving Greene the ball. Add LaDainian Tomlinson to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster in the making for Greene. If the Jets do not revert back to the ground-and-pound soon, Greene owners could be regretting the pick very soon.
Verdict: Slight Panic
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
This team is a disaster, I would not want any Chiefs on my team right now save Jamaal Charles. Matt Cassel looked terrible on the first Sunday and KC is not a team built to come from behind. The loss of offensive guru Charlie Weis is going to be a glaringly obvious void for this team in 2011.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Don’t look know, but Rex Grossman has become a fantasy-relevant player once against after his Week 1 outburst. If he is legit, Grossman will have another good fantasy day against Arizona this weekend. [Roto Arcade]
- Spoke briefly about trade targets in our buy low story yesterday. Still kind of early for any big fantasy football trades, but knowing how to target the right players now will help you score a big deal in the coming weeks. Nothing better than pulling off a good trade in a fantasy league. [RazzBall]
- Most waiver wires have been processed at this point, but if you are in a deep league then there may still be a few waiver wire gems left from Week 1. I am playing in a 16-team league at work this year and let me tell you, there are slim pickings on the waiver wire right now. Got to be vigilant. [RotoProfessor]
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