This article takes a look at some more established players expected to do well, but whose fantasy numbers are down and prospects look…eh…not-so-good.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee
Memories of “CJ2K’s” magical season are long, long gone. 8 carries for 17 yards in week one against the Pats. 11 carries for 4 whole yards against San Diego in week two. Neither team is overpowering defensively, so there’s a HUGE issue with the Titans’ offense – whether it’s Locker or Hasselbeck taking the snaps. As such, I don’t see “CJ2C” (2C being 200 yards) having ANY particular matchup that looks ‘favorable’ in the future. Sure, he’s still got speed, but he’s not running like he used to. He’s moving too much laterally and trying to dance around than go north-south, and with the speed of the defenders today, that’s a recipe for…21 yards rushing in two games. At that rate, he’ll get 168 yards. For the entire season.
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston
Despite being 2-0, Schaub has had very muted fantasy stats. The defense is playing great, but the offense has been sluggish through the first two weeks. Facing the daunting task of slicing and dicing the Vaunted Dolphins and Jaguars secondaries, Schaub’s statistics are very similar to Carson Palmer’s – 461 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs through two games. So why is Schaub a faller when Palmer’s a riser? Well, first, I doubt Palmer was taken as high as Schaub in any particular draft and a lot more was expected from the passing game than a TD every other contest…especially with Andre Johnson’s presence.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago
DAAAA Bearssss are off to a rough start especially with their week two egg they laid at Green Bay. The Packers game exposed their OL as pedestrian at best and Forte has only gained 111 yards rushing after two contests. With the high ankle sprain he suffered in week two will force him to miss a month to 6 weeks, I don’t think his prospects will improve much when he return on a weak ankle.
Ahmad Bradshaw had 94 yards rushing through a game and a half, when he went out with an unspecified neck injury. Rookie RB David Wilson should have done more by now but a fumble on his first NFL carry stripped him of his backup status for now as well. With Air Manning having 500+ yards passing, Tom Coughlin looks to lean on his talented QB and WRs this year while the RB situation remains in a fantasy funk.
Kansas City RBs
Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis share carries and the very rough start of the Chiefs’ season has meant QB Matt Cassell has been throwing more than they like. Charles likely went first in your league’s draft, then Hillis a bit later, but right now neither of them looks like a fantasy player worthy of a start.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland
McFadden’s NFL career has been plagued by injury and up-and-down performances. He’s been a real boom or bust type, and consistency is what you really look for both on the real NFL field and in fantasy leagues. McFadden’s overaged over 5 yards a carry the past 2 years when healthy, but this year he only has 54 rushing yards in his first two games – against the Chargers and Dolphins’ defenses.