Fantasy Football: Don’t Panic on These Three Players Just Yet

by LaQuan Jones "RealDealFantasy"
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Week 2 of the fantasy football season is in the books and overreaction Mondays is still in the air. However, we need to remain calm with our fantasy football players. Some teams might be a desperate 0-2, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to make rash decision. Imagine thinking about cutting a player that you spent high draft capital on after just two weeks of football. You sound crazy.

What if we kept this same energy for Justin Jefferson last season? Dropping him in Week 2 just for him to explode in week 3 for 175 yds and 30.5 fantasy points. It’s silly to panic about our studs as well as those who have a slow start.

RB Saquon Barkley

Everyone’s ready to sell Barkley with the lack of touches and fantasy points he’s putting on the board. However, are we forgetting that the Giants gave fantasy football managers a heads up in August that he will be on a short leash and maybe limited?

I understand wanting to bench Barkley, but to sell this early is crazy. Barkley only needs one touch to take it all the way to the endzone at any point of the game. Last week we saw glimpses of the Saquon Barkley we all love as he broke for a 41-yard run.

This is what I mean when at any point he can make these plays. I wouldn’t even bench Barkley just because of the home run ability he brings to the table. If you drafted Barkley without a backup plan for early in the season, that’s bad draft strategy.

If you drafted Barkley, your plan should have been running back heavy. Going against that plan now has you dealing with Barkley’s low touches and Chase Edmonds or Mike Davis as your fantasy football RB2s. I say all this to say please don’t jump ship this soon just relax and let things fall into play.

WR Robert Woods

Now Woods is in a great situation from a real-life football lens with an upgrade at quarterback, wide-open playbook, and of course the team is winning games. Now from a fantasy football lens, Woods isn’t putting the big points on the board that fantasy managers would be hoping for right now.

The good thing is that Woods’ usage is still high so it’s not like he’s not on the field. He’s still seeing 88% of the offensive team snaps after two weeks. His targets also doubled in Week 2 and also doubled his rushing attempts. There’s no real area for  concern here on the likes of volume and talent.

Woods will be fine moving forward. Kupp is having himself a career-high start to the season but there’s plenty of targets to go around. What keeps him outside of the pack is the rushing attempts he keeps getting. We shouldn’t be panicking or benching Woods just yet. Let’s face it, who are you starting that’s on your bench over Woods who’s on a high-power offense that has a ton of scoring opportunities?

WR Laviska Shenault

Shenault got a lot of fantasy football offseason hype and is an electric talent that can’t be slept on in open space. He’s like a running back with the ball in his hands. He had seven targets and only managed three yards last week. However, I am willing to give Shenault time because of the situation he’s in right now.

His rookie quarterback needs time to develop and will get better throughout the year. His new head coach is playing a college-style offense that may need some tweaking after starting off 0-2. What keeps me at bay with Shenault is the volume remains there for him and his usage hasn’t dropped. The Jaguars are also going to be trailing a lot and therefore having to throw.

Remain calm and patient with Shenault as there is no need to panic with his production just yet.

End Game

Overall, start your studs and have faith in your draft. There’s no need to be going crazy after just two weeks of football. There’s a ton of football left, and these guys will be lighting up the scoreboards very soon. Make sure you have them in the starting lineups when this happens.

Good luck in Week 3. #BringHomeTheGold.

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