Each week, I’ll take a look at some of the top fantasy players that have been struggling lately. This week, we’re talking about Robert Griffin III, Marshawn Lynch among others. I’ll go deep into the tape and stats to let you know why they are struggling, what they need to improve on and what the chances are your fantasy star picks up his play in the coming weeks.
This week, we’ve got a shortage of starting fantasy players that have been really struggling, so I’m going to go a little deeper this week and do some rapid fire with some of the lesser options.
Robert Griffin III, WAS – Griffin really hasn’t been that great on the season as a whole. Last week, he got hurt later on in the game, but he probably wouldn’t have been able to save his 132 yard, 1 TD/2 INT game. It looks like he’s good to go, he’s been practicing this week. He goes up against a poor Chargers secondary, so make sure you’re starting him as well as Pierre Garcon. We saw Griffin say a couple weeks ago, that he “was going to play his game.” He let loose against Chicago a couple weeks ago, we’ll see if he can make it happen this week.
Matt Ryan, ATL – He put up some surprising numbers against Tampa Bay a couple weeks ago, followed by a 4 INT performance last week. However, he’s still putting up yardage thanks to the Falcons just chucking the ball. He has a couple tough matchups coming up against Carolina this week and Seattle the next, which makes him a low-end QB1. Harry Douglas is WR2 and Drew Davis is a low-end WR3.
Marshawn Lynch, SEA – Lynch has been banged up, so we really aren’t sure whether he’s at 100%. However, 8 rushing attempts are not a great sign. If the Seahawks were comfortable with him out there, I have a feeling they would’ve let him carry the regular workload. The main problem last week, though, was a shoddy offensive line, a unit that’s actually been pretty bad for the entirety of the season. He doesn’t have a particularly daunting match up for the rest of the way, so keep rolling with him, he should snap out of it this week.
Bilal Powell, NYJ – Powell was doing great until Chris Ivory came back. Simply put, his carries are capped as long as Ivory is in the lineup. Ivory is the guy that they want to give 25 carries a game to, but in ppr leagues, Powell could linger if he gets just a little more work than he’s gotten the last couple weeks, but nothing more.
Calvin Johnson, DET – He was targeted 17 times, but hauled in just 14 balls. This is just simply unacceptable.
Julian Edelman, NE – This really is just a case of the flailing passing game as a whole for the Patriots. Tom Brady has clearly lost a step at this point and Edelman should be off your fantasy radar until we see some kind of revival of the aerial attack.
Jason Witten, DAL – It looks like Witten is regressing a little bit. He’s on track for just over 800 yards, which will fall short of the 1039 that he managed to rack up last year. That’s mostly due to Witten being on track for just 74 targets this year, compared to his 110 last year. Lucky for us, he’s had a tell thus far. He’s been much more effective and thrown to at home than on the road, so this week he should be solid against Minny. 68 of his 92 fantasy points have come at home.
This was a quick article this week. There just haven’t been a ton of noteworthy guys that have struggled in recent weeks. A few struggled last week, but it was mostly due to injury concerns or short term failure. If you feel like I missed a guy or would like a player featured next week, let me know in the comments!