Fantasy Forecast: Early season overreactions
Many fantasy players overreact to early-season results. More than 2,000 people have dropped Tony Romo in Yahoo leagues. Yes, Romo managed to have a game for the ages for all the wrong reasons, but you still don’t cut a guy that likely cost a fourth-round pick or better when he’s still healthy. In the end, it’s likely that Romo will still put up some big numbers, and Dallas will be fine. Worst case, there’s always the possibility that someone in your league is willing to buy low on a guy with Romo’s potential. You never want to just let a guy loose who can single-handedly win someone a season for nothing. Always try to maximize your investments in our little virtual game.
That’s not to say that you don’t bench a guy who is struggling. Unless you have no other options at all (and I’m talking Mark Sanchez is your backup QB or something), Romo should be nowhere near your QB1 slot against Baltimore in two weeks. He’s out of the circle of trust until he can prove that he is capable of performing against the league’s elite defenses once again. To be fair, Chicago may be the best D in the league, but I wouldn’t start Romo against the Ravens, Giants and probably the Eagles until he shows that he won’t shovel pass into a linebacker’s arms.
And with that, let’s move on to this week’s pickups.
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF. Chandler has proven to be a formidable red-zone target for Ryan Fitzpatrick. While defenses focus in on Stevie Johnson and the Buffalo run game, Chandler has been given every opportunity to thrive. Should he be healthy – he did sustain a head injury last week – he could be primed for double digit touchdowns.
Brandon Bolden, RB, NE. Bolden carried the ball 16 times for 137 yards while Stevan Ridley had 22 attempts of his own for 106 yards. The two combined for three scores when all was said and done. Bolden seems to be worth a shot, and he could start entering a timeshare with Ridley going forward. I am confident in saying that Bolden is a strong RB4 already, and going forward, he could work himself into a position as being a low-end RB2.
Andre Roberts, WR, ARI. Speaking of surprises, did anyone see this coming? Roberts has become quarterback Kevin Kolb’s security blanket when everyone thought first-round pick Michael Floyd would be that guy. The Citadel grad is the perfect player for teams who need an extra receiver heading through the stretch of bye weeks and he has enough upside that he could become a full-fledged starter for fantasy purposes.
James Jones, WR, GB. Jones has always been a guy that fantasy experts have pegged as being on the verge of a breakout. He’s in the right place with one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he’s in a system that benefits receivers greatly. With Greg Jennings possibly facing an extended absence with a groin injury playing time and targets suddenly will open up for Jones and the other Green Bay receivers. Keep in mind that when Jennings was out in Week Two against Chicago, Jones had two catches for minus-1 yard. Consistency has never been Jones’ strong suit, but this opportunity is one that fantasy owners won’t want to skip.
Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.