Fantasy football players are mostly a spoiled bunch. They want things and want them now, particularly in terms of immediate and consistent production with their No. 1 wide receivers.
We are talking to you, frustrated Dwayne Bowe owners: Stay patient.
Cover up the numbers with a sheet of paper when setting your lineup, and play your primary fantasy receivers with blinders on. Bowe's day is going to come.
Bowe was held to just one catch for four yards—the standard league fantasy goose egg—against a Philadelphia Eagles secondary that made Donnie Avery look like a Pro Bowler (seven catches for 141 yards) on Thursday night. The Eagles have allowed, on average, the seventh-most points to fantasy wide receivers through three games.
This was supposed to be the night that quarterback Alex Smith and Bowe would announce their beautiful marriage. Instead, despite the favorable matchup, Bowe has been held to just nine catches for 90 yards and one touchdown through three games.
Those are the kind of numbers that Bowe owners want week in and week out, not over the course of nearly a month.
True fantasy champions know about the ebb and flow of a 13-game regular season, especially as it pertains to receivers. They can be feast or famine in lineups. If they have been famished, they can only feast if you keep them active.
Sitting Bowe now—or worse, trading him—will only compound your issues. Alex Smith has proved to be an ideal operator of Andy Reid's West Coast offense, and eventually the numbers are going to be in Bowe's hands.
He is still the Chiefs' best outside threat, he's healthy—unlike Kansas City's tight ends—and Reid knows how to use his weapons. Granted, Bowe is more of a downfield receiver, and Smith is a dink-and-dunk passer, but Reid can get Bowe more involved in the short and rhythm passing game by shortening up his routes and increasing the targets.
Expect that to start happening for you in fantasy Week 4 at home against another subpar secondary, that of the New York Giants.
Week 4 also marks the beginning of the bye weeks, and fantasy won't have the likes of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones or Steve Smith in lineups in the next scoring period. Bowe is still far too promising to sit.
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