With Week 1 of the fantasy football season coming to a close, there's been a lot of movement regarding the roles players have in their offense. Some players who previously were fantasy studs and were regarded as locks this season struggled mightily, while other players rose to fantasy prominence.
So, here are five players that could possibly see diminished roles in Week 2 and beyond.
Going into Week 1, it was a very difficult to say who would be Peyton Manning's primary TE target in Denver. The two players who were candidates for that role were Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme. Well, after Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, the clear No. 1 target has emerged: Jacob Tamme.
Tamme was targeted five times and wound up with five catches for 43 yards and a TD, having a very solid fantasy game in the process. Dreessen only had a single catch for six yards on only two targets (Per ESPN). So, from here on out start Tamme with confidence.
Another player from Sunday night's game that will have a diminished role from here on out is Steelers RB Isaac Redman. Redman was thought by many to be a sleeper headed into this year, especially with Rashard Mendenhall still recovering from an injury. But after the game against Denver, Redman's no longer a viable fantasy threat.
Redman struggled mightily with only 20 yards rushing on 11 carries. Compared to Jonathan Dwyer, who scampered to 43 yard on only nine carries, Redman looked pretty bad (Per ESPN). Expect Dwyer to become more of a focal point until Mendenhall comes back.
This one hurts because Blount's on my bench and I hoped he'd be a threat to get solid goal-line carries, but after Week 1 it appears he's all but done as a fantasy player this season. Rookie Doug Martin received 24 carries and recorded 95 yards, adding four receptions as well.
Blount only carried the ball three times for a dismal eight yards (Per ESPN). Barring an injury to Martin, Blount shouldn't be considered anything close to being worthy of a fantasy start, even in the deepest of leagues.
With RB Jonathan Stewart out due to injury for Week 1's game, DeAngelo Williams had his time to shine and prove he could carry the load for the Panthers. Well, he failed miserably. Williams had just six carries for -1 yards (Per ESPN). That's about as bad as it gets.
With Stewart set to return soon, Williams should definitely see a diminished role. There's simply too many mouths to feed in that backfield in regards to rushing the football between Williams, Tolbert, Stewart and Newton. Williams could very well be the odd man out.
Welker finished with just three catches for 14 yards, while his counterpart Brandon Lloyd had five catches for 69 yards (Per ESPN). It may be too early to say, but it looks like Welker may draw more attention from secondaries than Lloyd will, which could cause him to really struggle this year.
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