2013 Fantasy Football Slow Starters: Should You Be Concerned?
Not everybody fires out of the gate like Peyton Manning, throwing for seven touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl Champion. Here’s a look at guys off to slow starts and an assessment as to whether or not you should be concerned.
Tom Brady: We actually addressed this last week. He is one of the best quarterbacks ever to play. He had a complete overhaul of his weapons. Given time, and a Gronk return, and he’ll be putting up big numbers again.
Cam Newton: He started off slow last year, throwing six touchdowns to eight interceptions in the first half compared to 13 touchdowns and four picks in the second half. I think change needs to happen in Carolina for Newton to fully flourish. You should be concerned, but he’s too good not to produce.
Russell Wilson: He is averaging 231 passing yards, one passing score and 20 rushing yards per game. He really came on in the second half last year, but I’m afraid he won’t need to have big numbers for the Seattle to be successful. A Week 14 date in San Francisco scares me a little.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Has 73 total yards and has not got in the end zone. The Jaguars look terrible. He’s dealing with an ankle injury. I’m concerned in the short-term.
Ray Rice: He has just 116 total yards and a touchdown. Plus, he’s banged up. I have faith he’ll come around given his track record.
Trent Richardson: Has just 156 total yards and hasn’t scored. I’d worry if he was still in Cleveland. He should blow up in Indy.
Stevan Ridley: He has 86 yards and one more fumble than touchdowns and receptions combined. The worry factor is high.
C.J. Spiller: He’s averaging 86 total yards, but hasn’t scored. The big plays will come.
David Wilson: Has 36 yards, a 2.6 yards per carry average and tow more fumbles than touchdowns and receptions combined. It would be hard to pencil him into your lineup at this point.
Dwayne Bowe: Has 90 yards and a touchdown through three games. Had one catch for four yards last night. Alex Smith is more of a game manager. Things don’t look good.
Antonio Brown: Has 132 total yards. Pittsburgh looks terrible. It will be hard to rely on any Pittsburgh skill player.
Eric Decker: Has 119 yards. Seems to be the odd-man out in the Denver passing game. He’ll have big days, but he’s less reliable.
Greg Jennings: Leaving Aaron Rodgers for Christian Ponder has infamously been compared to leaving a mansion for an apartment. He has 117 yards and a date with Joe Hadden. Concern is strong here.
Cecil Shorts: Has 133 yards. His quarterback play is a concern, which in turn makes Shorts a concern.
Roddy White: Has 40 yards and serving as a decoy. I’m worried short-term, but believe he’ll be fine once his ankle heals.
Fred Davis: With just 25 yards, the concern is obvious.
Tony Gonzalez: Gonzo has 69 yards and a score. Has age finally caught up?
Kyle Rudolph: If Ponder wasn’t his quarterback, he’d be a star. Concern is real. Also has 69 yards and a score.
San Francisco: Has faced Green Bay and Seattle. Have patience.
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