Over the first three weeks of the season, fantasy owners have been getting antsy about last years stars not living up to the lofty expectations placed on them. Hopefully, you listened to me, were patient and didn’t make a hasty move. Sure the guys listed below haven’t produced as we’d like but I’m chalking it up to slow starts. The players on this list are classic examples of the too high expectations placed on them by fantasy owners, instead of the value of what they can really give. With their big performances in week 4, fantasy owners can relax and stop stressing. Now let’s look at a few of these players that are back on track.
Blake Martinez, LB, Green Bay Packers It’s not that Martinez has been playing bad. He’s just been unable to meet the high expectations of fantasy owners. In week one he had only six tackles, sending fantasy owners into a panic. The next two weeks he would record nine tackles in each game, but IDPers still weren’t satisfied. In week four he would record his third straight game with nine tackles, but he would add two for a loss and a sack. This is more of what we’re used to seeing and expect from him. He got off to a slow start last year as well, so I’m not worried about him producing. If you were patient and held on to him, then you will be rewarded going forward.
Kevin Byard, FS, Tennessee Titans Byard has been one of the most questioned players so far this season. Everyone knows that he had a monster season a year ago, with eight interceptions. Fantasy owners questioned whether he could repeat that type of production and odds are he won’t. But the fact is you shouldn’t depend on the big plays but on his consistent play. Keep in mind that the Titans have upgraded this defense have placed more talent in the secondary. Despite these additions, Byard has been a good source of tackles, with games of seven in week two and eleven this past week. Like any other player, he’ll have some down games, but that can happen to anyone.
Aaron Donald, DE, Los Angeles Rams The monster we all love has gotten off to a slow start for sure. Is it a product of him holding out and finally getting paid, or is there too many mouths to feed on this defense? Through the first three games, he only recorded seven total tackles, and that’s it. Well this past Thursday night, he quieted the naysayers, with a five-tackle and two-sack performance, versus the Vikings. He wasn’t going to be held down forever and now looks to be back in the groove. I expect him to be the dominant force we’ve become used to seeing and those patient owners who stuck with him will be rewarded. Just in case you missed it, Donald also displayed some of this dominance Thursday night.
Aaron Donald with that home run-swing sack pic.twitter.com/R98JuhqgBp
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) September 28, 2018
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Los Angeles Rams Fantasy owners wondered if we would ever see Suh be the beast in the middle again. He went to the Rams to form one of the most feared d-lines we’ve seen in a while. After the first two games of the season, Suh only had five tackles, causing owners to get nervous. The last two weeks, however, he has been a force to be reckoned with, as he totaled five tackles, two for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two pass deflections. That’s the kind of terrorizing play we expect from him. It’s a shame some of his best years were wasted in Miami. Suh still is one of the best defensive tackle options in fantasy, and I expect him to continue that the rest of the season
Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Houston Texans A big reason owners are down on Clowney is he always seems to be dinged up or hurt. But when healthy there was some concern as well. With a healthy J.J. Watt back and teams focusing more on him, Clowney can get back to being a disruptive force. In the first three games of the season, he struggled with only five tackles and missed a game in week 2. Now that his injury has healed, he shined in week 4 with a huge performance of four tackles, all for a loss, with two sacks, one forced fumble that he recovered for a touchdown. Don’t be scared to take a chance on this guy and you’ll be glad you did.