Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Fantasy Football Outlook Week 3

With two weeks in the books, we are slowly beginning to grasp what players are good and what players are not. In this week’s outlook, I want to highlight some of the highly regarded players who have gotten off to slow starts. With these players, is it time to panic or not?

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Saquon Barkley – Panic
Listen, I love Barkley the player. His combination of strength, speed, and shiftiness is a marvel in itself. That said, the Giants are a dreadful team. Their offensive line is terrible. Through two games, Barkley is averaging well below 10 fantasy points per game. Let’s also not forget that he is sort of on a pitch count due to his freshly surgically repaired knee. If I had Barkley, I would be desperately trying to trade him for any sort of value.

Literally Any Steelers PlayerPanic
As a Steelers fan, I may be overreacting a bit on this one. That said, through two games, the Steelers’ offense looks completely lost. The main reason for this is that the offensive line is dreadful. Big Ben has zero time to do anything while also being old and slow. Najee Harris has zero space when getting touches. The wide receivers can’t really get into a rhythm. Diontae Johnson looked solid last week, yes, but that is about it. Until this offense can gain momentum, I personally would stay away from starting any Steeler.

James Robinson – DO NOT Panic
The start of this Jaguars season has gotten off to as bad of a start as imaginably possible. That said, Robinson has not been bad when getting the chance to touch the ball. In week one, he averaged five yards per carry but only got five carries. In week two, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry on 11 carries. If Robinson gets more touches, both in the running and passing game, he will be fine. I believe that will happen as he is by far their best offensive player.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Panic
I’m starting to begin to think that CEH just isn’t good. He has gotten carries over the first two weeks (27 total) but the yards are nothing to get excited about (89). When looking at the Chiefs’ explosive offense, CEH is probably the fourth or so option. Teams are not zeroing in on him and he is still struggling. How long before the Chiefs move on to a different back?

AJ Brown – DO NOT Panic
Although Brown has just seven catches this season, his target share remains high (17 total). In general, Brown tends to have boom or bust tendencies. A huge week is coming for Brown. He will be fine.

Allen Robinson – DO NOT Panic
Like Brown, the targets are there (15) for Robinson. The problem over Robinson’s entire career has never been him. It’s been his quarterback. Imagine going from Blake Bortles to Mitch Trubisky to Nick Foles to Andy Dalton. In spite of those terrible quarterbacks, Robinson himself has still been solid. As Justin Fields gets more of an opportunity at quarterback, he and Robinson will mesh. For Robinson, this means more touches.

Christian McCaffrey – slight Panic: In last night’s Thursday game, McCaffrey tweaked a hamstring. Hopefully, this injury is not serious. That said, the injury history for McCaffrey is there. If I picked him first overall, I would be worried.

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