With week one(minus MNF) in the books, many fantasy owners will begin questioning their draft strategies and begin looking to ship off their underperforming high picks. In week one, offenses often struggle to find the rhythm of a real game, especialy when they played a quarter or two max in preseason. These players didn’t live up to the hype in week one, but it isn’t time to give up on them…yet.
Martavis Bryant – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
Martavis Bryant finished week one with just two catches for 14 yards, a weak stat line for someone with extremely high upside. With Antonio Brown taking over the game early, Bryant lost some target opportunities, and didn’t capitalize on some easy ones. Before missing the last two seasons, Bryant was one of the best wideouts in the league, but two years off is hard to recover from. Look for Bryant to pick it up in Week 2.
Bilal Powell – RB – New York Jets
This season, Powell is expected to be one of the only bright sides on this Jets offense, but in week one against the bills, he finished with just 7 attempts for 22 yards. It was easy to see the bills strategy in action, crowding the box and taking away any open field for him or Matt Forte. The Jets will look to find other ways for him to get involved because Josh McCown and Jermaine Kearse aren’t enough to keep this offense afloat.
Rob Gronkowski – TE – New England Patriots
Gronk started Thursday night being guarded heavily by All-Pro Eric Berry and he was not finding any ways to get open. He dropped a diving touchdown in the first half, and was almost invisible the rest of the way. Two catches on 6 targets is not providing any fantasy production…especially when Gronk was a third round pick at the latest. Everyone has seen Tom Brady’s love for Gronk, especially in the Red Zone. Once they find their Rhythm, Gronk will be back. Fantasy Owners just need that to happen sooner than later.
Demarco Murray/ Derrick Henry – RB’s – Tennessee Titans
Last season, this tandem group finished in the top 5 in rushing. Week one against the raiders was a struggle for these two. Combining for 18 attempts, 69 yards and zero touchdowns. Murray was a high pick for most, in the early second round and many project Henry to have a big year as well. They will have to find some of the 2016 magic if they want to keep their owners happy. Both of these backs should be seeing more attempts and more goal line opps, but for now they are both on the fantasy hot seat.
Here are some other players who under performed in week one
Greg Olson – TE – Carolina Panthers – 2 receptions, 18 yards
T.Y Hilton – WR – Indianapolis Colts – 3 receptions, 57 yards
Isaiah Crowell – RB- Cleveland Browns – 17 attempts, 33 yards
Paul Perkins – RB – New York Giants – 7 attempts, 16 yards
Tom Brady – QB – New England Patriots – 267 yards, no touchdowns