So you’re 0-2 and your fantasy season feels like a total loss...You’re still doing better than the replacement officials.
You can be at the top of the standings or bringing up the rear, but a lot will change between now and Week 17. Don’t believe me? Here is a look at some of the most befuddling fantasy stories of the young season
-C.J. Spiller leads all running backs with 292 rushing yards through two weeks. He’s averaging 10.1 yards per carry and has four runs longer than 20 yards.
-Meanwhile in this alternate dimension in which we’re living, Chris Johnson is averaging 1.1 yards per attempt and has fewer rushing yards (21) than Brandon Weeden (31) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (42).
-Danny Amendola leads the entire league in receptions with 20. Dante Rosario (filling in for Antonio Gates) has four receptions and three touchdowns. Even Matt Stafford has a catch.
-Oh, did I mention Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have each thrown for over 500 yards and three touchdowns? They each also have a win under their respective belt.
If you like to gamble on NFL games, you may be better off doing something else with your money. Anything else. The NFL is as crazy as ever this year, and it’s not going to get any more stable.
But no matter how bleak your fantasy season looks, there’s always next week. Be vigilant of the waiver wire. Pay attention to injury updates. Read my columns.
Here is a look at my “fantasy studs” projections for last week:
Arian Foster- Projected: 28 touches, 115 total yards, one touchdown
Actual: 34 touches, 147 total yards, one touchdown
Roddy White- Projected: Eight catches, 113 yards, one touchdown
Actual: Eight catches, 102 yards, one touchdown
C.J. Spiller- Projected: 21 touches, 107 total yards, one touchdown
Actual: 18 touches, 170 total yards, two touchdowns
Robert Griffin III- Projected: 286 passing yards, 36 rushing yards, three touchdowns
Actual: 206 passing yards, 82 rushing yards, three touchdowns
Brandon Marshall- Projected: Eight catches, 112 yards, one touchdown
Actual: Two catches, 24 yards
Darren McFadden- Projected: 26 touches, 136 total yards, two touchdowns
Actual: 13 touches, 41 total yards
Alfred Morris- Projected: 26 touches, 104 total yards, one touchdown
Actual: 16 touches, total 89 yards
You can’t win them all. Just win more than everyone else.
Week 3 will no doubt hold surprises for every fantasy owner. Right now, we’re faced with far more questions than answers. Can C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush continue their fantasy dominance? How high can Andrew Luck and RG3 soar? Will Chris Johnson trade his flip-flops for football spikes and break the century mark at any point this year?
The answers to those quandaries will be revealed by the end of the year. But you’re concerned about right now, and on whom you can rely in Week 3. Read on to find out.