Week 2 of Fantasy Football is in the books and we have all had our fair share of heartache and disappointment.
In this segment, I’ll take a look at some of those players that let you down this week and whether or not they should be trusted again or if this was the last straw.
Quarterback Disappointment: Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck was the ultimate disappointment last season. Fantasy owners drafted Luck with the idea that he would return during the season, and Colt’s owner Jim Irsay continued to give owners false hope. But, Luck remained in that void all year.
Now in 2018, Andrew Luck is back and looked good in Week 1 against the Bengals. Luck managed 300+ yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception on 39/53 passing with 1 rush for 7 yards. Luck’s stats were based on a lot of short passed and a wide open touchdown pass, but he looked primed to carry his Colts team like he did when he was a Top-5 Fantasy QB.
In Week 2, the Colts faced the Redskins which looked like a favorable matchup for Luck. The Colts escaped with a victory but Luck’s performance made owners think “Yikes…”. Luck looked poised and has high upside, but 179 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and 4 rushes for 2 yards wasn’t pretty. Looking forward, week may not be much better.
Luck will face a tough Philadelphia defense and the return of Carson Wentz on offense. Luck has the potential to return to his past form but owners should be patient and work through his inconsistencies, especially in Week 3 where he may be better off on the bench unless you believe he can carry his Colts team like he used to.
Dishonorable Mention: Alex Smith
Captain consistency couldn’t punch it in the end-zone this week against a poor Indianapolis Colts defense. Smith had 300 yards passing and didn’t turn the ball over, but owners wanted their usual 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hell, 1 touchdown would have been sufficient.
Runningback Disappointment: Derrick Henry
In a never ending game against Miami in Week 1, the big bruiser Derrick Henry had 10 carries for a disappointing 26 yards. Henry had to sit back and watch his backfield mate Dion Lewis take 16 carries for 75 yards and 5 catches for 35 yards. Owners were hopeful that Henry would come back in Week 2 against Houston and rebound, he didn’t.
The volume was there for Henry but the production was not: 18 carries for 56 yards. But once again, Lewis cut into Henry’s workload with equally unimpressive 14 carries for 42 yards. Owners were hoping that Henry’s skillset as a power back would be complimentary to Lewis’ scat-back skills but it hasn’t panned out.
Next week going up against the Divisional rival Jacksonville Jaguars, who just shut down the New England Patriots offense, Henry’s outlook isn’t good. Henry’s production has my trust broken, and with a tough matchup coming up, he will be living on the bench until he shows me that he can gain those tough yards… or at least gives owners a touchdown.
Dishonorable Mention: Royce Freeman
It was only a few weeks ago that Royce Freeman was all the rage in fantasy drafts. In Week 1, Freeman looked good with 15 carries for 71 yards but the problem was his unknown backup Phillip Lindsay also had 15 carries for for 71 and 2 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Week 2 was the Lindsay show again as he gained over 100 rushing yards on 14 carries and Freeman sat back with only 8 carries for 28 yards. Freeman had a touchdown but was otherwise an afterthought, what a disappointment. Freeman’s value has gone from a potential RB2 to a hopeful Flex as Denver is looking more like a committee backfield.
Wide Receiver Disappointment: Odell Beckham Jr.
When Odell Beckham Jr. owners had their star wide receiver go off for 11 catches and 111 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars, they were feeling pretty satisfied. With production like that, Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys looked very enticing and it should have been.
4 catches. 51 yards. Yikes!
There is no excuse for this game, OBJ just didn’t show up. But have no fear owners, this will by an anomaly. The Houston Texans in Week 3 won’t be a cupcake matchup, but OBJ will produce. Trust him and play him without worry.
Dishonorable Mention: Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas’ Week 1 was as solid as they get: 6 catches, 63 yards, and 1 touchdown. Thomas is still a productive receiver in the twilight of his prime and his Week 1 stats seem like his every week floor with or without a touchdown. Plus, Case Keenum can spread the ball around so Thomas seems like a safe, high floor player.
So Thomas’ Week 2 performance against favorable matchup of the Oakland Raider, Thomas’ 18 yards on 5 catches was a disappointing sight. Yikes Demaryius, please get back to your solid play next week.
Tight End Disappointment: George Kittle
George Kittle was the most productive receiver for the Week 1 San Francisco 49ers against a stout Minnesota Vikings defense. Kittle looked like Jimmy Garrappolo’s go-to guy and got plenty of targets. Week 2 presented Kittle with a matchup against the Swiss Cheese Detroit Lions defense and owners should have felt good about their young tight end.
Kittle ended up earning a disappointing 2 catches for 22 yards. Tight ends are not producing well this season so far and many were hoping Kittle could break through and so far he hasn’t. Hold onto trust with Kittle, but don’t hesitate to look at other options.
Dishonorable Mention: Rob Gronkowski
Jalen Ramsey backed up his trash talk and the fierce Jacksonville Jaguars defense held Gronkowski to 2 catches for 15 yards. Fantasy owners who spent a second round pick on Gronk needed more than this even against the Jags defense. Gronk will bounce back and be fine, but this game sucked.
Be weary of anyone on your team playing the Jag’s defense. Yikes, they are good.