There were a number of disappointing performances from top players in Week 1, but it's important not to overreact. Many of them will come back strong in Week 2.
Whether the players had to deal with bad matchups, a poor offensive game plan or something else, there were plenty of superstars who produced far below expectations to start the year. However, that does not mean you should automatically put someone like Jerome Simpson into your lineup over a top player.
These stars will make up for bad showings to start the year with a much better game this week.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
For a player selected by many in the first few rounds, Cam Newton had a disappointing performance with only 125 passing yards and 38 rushing yards with a single touchdown.
This 12-point performance in standard leagues put him behind 24 other quarterbacks, including rookies E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith.
However, it is important to note that he was facing arguably the league's best defense and should not have been expected to do well. His worst game last year also came against the Seahawks, when he totaled only seven points, so this was an improvement.
Next week, Newton will have a much better opportunity to succeed when he faces the Buffalo Bills, who allowed 431 yards of offense to the New England Patriots in Week 1.
If he can avoid turnovers, he will have a very good game to help out his fantasy owners.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
There are a number of running backs that should cause concern for fantasy owners due to either lack of production or a smaller role than was expected.
David Wilson is unlikely to get too many more chances to fumble away an opportunity for a starting job. Montee Ball is clearly not the only running back in Denver, and Maurice Jones-Drew might never see space behind his offensive line.
However, Marshawn Lynch remains in a great situation on a team that clearly trusts him to perform. Despite the fact that he only rushed for 43 yards on 17 carries, he received all but three rushing attempts from running backs in the game.
Seattle has talented backups like Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, but Lynch remains the go-to player on every down.
He also has proved the ability to succeed against the tough 49ers defense, topping 100 yards in three straight games against San Francisco. He will be just fine going forward.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
In his first game with the Dolphins, Mike Wallace only caught one passes for 15 yards. Meanwhile, Brian Hartline exploded for 114 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Gibson also had seven catches for 77 yards.
This is not a case of Wallace getting passed on the depth chart. Instead, this is an example of the Cleveland Browns having one really good cornerback.
Joe Haden was all over the former Steelers receiver throughout the game, giving quarterback Ryan Tannehill few options to complete a pass. Hartline and Gibson had easier matchups and took advantage of them.
Although this is the life of a No. 1 receiver, the next few weeks are going to be much easier for Wallace, starting next week with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Dolphins should also expect to work on some wide receiver screens in order to make sure they get the ball to their new high-priced player. He will not remain quiet for too long.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Last week was all about the tight ends, with 16 different players at the position scoring touchdowns. Five different players were able to score two.
Meanwhile, Antonio Gates was only able to manage two catches for 49 yards. This should definitely cause fantasy owners to find someone off the waiver wire, but they also should not give up on Gates just yet.
He led San Diego in receiving as no one else on the roster has separated themselves as a go-to target. In addition, the weak offensive line will prevent Philip Rivers from completing too many long passes, and Gates will need to be used as a safety net.
Although the veteran might not be the player he once was, he still has at least seven touchdowns in nine-straight seasons. You can look for better options, but he might be a good buy-low candidate in a trade.
This should be done before he bounces back against the weak Philadelphia Eagles defense.
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