After three weeks of the fantasy season, I found myself telling everyone not to overreact to the early struggles of top draft picks. If you were patient with a player such as Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett, he rewarded you with two strong games in Weeks 4 and 5.
If you stuck with someone such as Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, the results didn’t improve, and you’re seriously thinking about cutting him or have already done so because you decided five weeks is too long to wait for a player you expected to carry your team.
With five weeks behind us, any thoughts of the preseason should be gone, and draft status no longer matters. Some of you may be rolling with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton over Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning without thinking about it twice. That probably sounded insane in early September, yet it is completely justified heading into Week 6.
I’ll be focusing on the players who’ve gotten off to slow starts but have likely remained on fantasy rosters because they’ve produced enough to justify keeping them, even if they haven’t lived up to high expectations.
When it comes to injuries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has struggled to get into any kind of groove after sitting out the opener with a hamstring injury. Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy hurt his ankle in Week 2 and is going through a rough patch early on for the third straight year.
Others have frustrated for various reasons, some of which have nothing to do with them. Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce came into the season with top-three potential at the position, but he’s not involved enough in the offense even though the Chiefs lack talent and depth in the receiving corps.
Patience has brought you to this spot in the season with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews still on your team. I’ll tell you why he and others belong in your starting lineups this week and going forward.