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Dynasty Football Reactions: Patience vs. Panic

One of the biggest mistakes a dynasty fantasy football player can make it pivoting off a good player too quickly. It can be particularly difficult to be patient after seeing concerning usage or a poor performance in Week 1, after an entire offseason of anticipation. Having patience, or knowing when it’s realistic to make a panic transaction, can help correct the trajectory if your dynasty fantasy football roster.

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Austin Ekeler: Patience

Ekeler has been the focus of much scrutiny following the Chargers’ inability to move the ball on Sunday. The common narrative against Ekeler this offseason was that he wouldn’t get enough touches on the ground to maintain his draft value (first three rounds of star-ups drafts). Ekeler, though, rushed the ball 18 times Sunday, for 84 yards. Those 18 rushing attempts ties his career-high, suggesting the Chargers intend on using Ekeler a lot on the ground. Ekeler’s value will continue to be held in check until they give up on the Tyrod Taylor experiment and allow their rookie quarterback Justin Herbert to take over. It might be a tough month of September but you will regret moving Ekeler once Herbert takes over.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield: Panic

The Cleveland Browns offense, led by Baker Mayfield, looked particularly rough in Week 1. You can use the Baltimore Ravens defense as an excuse, but their lack of success goes beyond the prowess of a less than healthy defense they’re very familiar with. The expectation was, once again, that Mayfield would be prime to take a step forward this season; but Week 1 showed a quarterback that still lacked the proper anticipation or decision making to be a significant fantasy football contributor. One of Mayfield’s biggest detractors was the former superstar, Odell Beckham Jr., who looked out of rhythm and worlds away from the days when he was a reliable starter on fantasy football squads. Despite their consistent struggles, these two players have enough star power behind their name to still return value in trades; cut your losses and take whatever you can get for either of these two.

Christian Kirk: Patience

I completely understand the desire to start sweating your Christian Kirk shares; those of us that invested in him likely did so in a lot of leagues. Kirk pulled in just one of his five targets in the Cardinal’s Week 1 win against the San Francisco 49ers. Kirk’s five targets, though, was equal to Larry Fitzgerald for second-most among receivers. It’s clear that Hopkins is the WR1 in Arizona, but that was never a question. I’m being patient with Kirk and expecting him to pull in more of his targets against less impressive defensive units.

Mark Ingram: Panic

It’s not an all-out panic, but I’m nervous about what I saw (or didn’t see) from Mark Ingram in the Raven’s Week 1 domination of the Cleveland Browns. Ingram, as I anticipated, led the backfield in touches with 10. Dobbins and Edwards combined for 11 rushes and 39 yards, compared to Ingram’s 29 yards; suggesting that Ingram is still the focus on the offense. What concerns me, though, is that Dobbins saw the majority of the goalline work; finding the endzone twice. If you’re not a contender in serious need of a weekly streamer at running back or flex, I’d be shopping Ingram, who still has some seasonal value, for a second-round pick or better.

Bryan Edwards: Patience

I’ll keep this one short and sweet: Edwards was never going to be the leader in target volume for Las Vegas right away. Although the physical and athletic pass-catcher out of South Carolina can progress into an “X” receiver, the plan was never for him to start off as one. Ruggs, Waller, and now Jacobs are the clear targets in the offense early on, but Edwards will earn targets from the veteran Carr as the season goes on; moving him off your rosters now would be accepting an unnecessary loss of value.

Mecole Hardman: Patience

It would be wrong of me to say Hardman looked bad Week 1 against the Texans because we barely saw him. Sammy Watkins and DeMarcus Robinson saw a combined 15 targets, compared to the one we saw Hardman pull in. Hardman, though, still possesses a lot of dynasty value. Watkins often fades as the season progresses and Robinson has not proven to be a high target volume player weekly. Moving on from Hardman would likely be an overreaction to being disappointing by a prime time game performance; a major taboo move for fantasy football players to make.

Kerryon Johnson: Panic

If, for some reason, you are the one with Kerryon Johnson in your dynasty fantasy football league I suggest changing that as soon as possible. It’s clear from Peterson’s 14 carries in Week 1 that Johnson is not Swift’s main competition for touches in the Detroit backfield. Johnson saw just 7 carries, and an even more concerning zero targets, in Week 1. We also saw Swift get both carries and targets in the red zone. If you can get even a third-round pick for Kerryon Johnson at this point you’re a winner.

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