Death, taxes and fantasy football players overreacting to the first week of real NFL football are the three things in life we can count on. Among the people on the proverbial cliff ready to jump are owners of various Pittsburgh Steelers players.
Stop panicking after just one week of fantasy football!!! The cream will rise to the top.
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James and JuJu Made Me Cry
James Conner went late in the first round and produced a very non first round worthy 10.5 points which was only 28th best. JuJu Smith-Schuster was drafted early in the second round and had 13.8 points which was only 37th best at his position in PPR format. Big Ben was back to his usual home/away split issues not to mention his tendency to struggle at New England.
Donte Moncrief had become a sexy 10th round pick since the second wide receiver with the Steelers usually has fantasy value but he only had seven yards on three receptions despite being targeted ten times. This was a BAD matchup for the Steelers with a capital BAD so throw this game away and play your Steelers with confidence in week two.
But Monty Looked So Good
While my advice for week one was to only start rookie David Montgomery as a FLEX option, his stock had been flying high after the pre-season reports. Monty is a stud! Monty has great hands to make catches out of the backfield. Monty is fast! But the Bears kept most of their key players in street clothes during the pre-season games and it showed.
Mike Davis was brought in to bring stability to the Bears offense with his versatility to make tough runs and be effective in the passing game. But David Montgomery will take over the majority of the touches while Tarik Cohen will be used as a Swiss-Army Knife style player. David Montgomery did run hard and look good but the game got away from the Bears and Coach went to old reliable instead of the shiny new toy.
The injury to Tyreek Hill left his fantasy football owners reeling with him hurt for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken collarbone. This freak injury to the Freak had his owners bidding like crazy on waivers for Mecole Hardman the exciting rookie from Georgia. Warning Will Robinson…don’t just assume that Hardman now gets Tyreek’s 8-10 touches from now on.
Mecole played on almost 78% of the Chiefs snaps but was only targeted once. Yes he will be used to spread the defense out this week but after Tyreek Hill got hurt the targets to Sammy Watkins doubled from before Tyreek left the game. I am sure coaching wizard Andy Reid will draw up a couple of custom plays for Mecole Hardman but let’s wait to see him get open for chances. Meanwhile load up on Watkins and Kelce on all weekly fantasy lineups.
The offense brought to Chicago by Coach Nagy should be able to produce a top ten level quarterback. Does Mitchell Trubisky have what it takes to be that guy on an every week basis or will he be a boom/bust type you hate on all but your best ball teams? Was it an improved Packers defense or an unprepared Trubisky?
This often happens when you wrap your star quarterback in bubble wrap during the pre-season. Trubisky’s interception in the end zone was an awful decision but a decent throw.
Stop panicking if you followed my advice to draft Trubisky late in the 12th round as the 20th quarterback off the board. Also remember that I told you to combine your Trubisky with a boring Consistency Rating guy.
Never Pays to Panic
Look at how many teams in the real NFL rally after losing their first game. You have to have a short memory to be a good fantasy football player and need to forget week one as soon as the dust settles. Give those players you trusted with high draft capital a chance to show what they can do for your fantasy football team.
The only reason to drop anybody or even demote them out of your lineup is due to injury for your early draft picks. If you drafted wisely for every guy you had start off slow you had a Sammy Watkins, DeSean Jackson, Derrick Henry or Chris Carson that out played their average draft position. It never pays to panic in fantasy football because that shark in your league is waiting for you to release a guy who had a bad week one game.