Over the next two weeks of this rankings post, let’s celebrate and reflect on the biggest surprises and disappointments of the fantasy season so far. Since I am a “glass is half empty” kind of guy, we’ll start with the disappointments. By the way, I saw an article recently that said it might actually be better to be a “glass is half empty” person because you are more in tune with reality and more likely to seek a solution to whatever it is that you are being a “Debbie Downer” about. I’m going to reference that exact point next time someone says that I’m bringing the mood down, when in all actuality, I’m just trying to ruin their good time. Ask Zach, I do it to him all of the time.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. – I loved him coming into this season, but it’s probably just not going to happen this year. His best game so far this season was a game in which he only had 3 catches. He should have rode the momentum from that game and had another big week against the 49ers, but he didn’t, and therefore I have given up hope until he *clears throat* GOES FOR 100 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN AGAINST THE STRUGGLING EAGLES CORNERS! Maybe that will help.
Marshawn Lynch – This is one that Zach and I both faded this preseason. Just as we predicted, he’s not a work horse back that a lot of analysts thought he would be. Aside from two very useless weeks, he’s gaining yards when he carries the ball. Marshawn just hasn’t received more than 13 carries in a single game after Week 1.
Michael Thomas – I think he’s in for a big 2nd half of the season. He hasn’t been a player that you’re throwing on the bench, in fact, two of his five games have been pretty nice. I just expected him to be a top 5-8 receiver after Brandin Cooks was traded to New England. Julio Jones is another player who has been sort of lackluster that I can lump into this paragraph. Jones is on a decent pace yardage wise, but he has yet to find the end zone. I think that he has some nice games coming up and is a nice buy low candidate.
Amari Cooper – Yeah, we are all trying to figure it out. He just doesn’t look good. In two out of his three seasons, he’s had major issues with drops, but at least in his rookie season he garnered enough volume for it to be overlooked. Sort of like Mike Evans’ rookie season, except with half of the touchdowns. He’s not a red zone presence, so as fantasy owners we can’t shovel dirt over his inability to get open outside of the twenty. There was a little hope last week as Carr found him 5 times…… for 28 yards.
We’ll go positive next week!