Time to Push the Panic Button
Sep 18, 2013
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After only onr week of football, it’s a bit premature to draw any definitive conclusions. After two weeks, though, we noe have a lot more information. Remember, the regular season of fantasy football is only 13 short weeks for most leagues. We have 11 weeks left now and for owners facing an 0-2 record because of disappointing studs, the time to press the panic button seems moments away.
To be clear, pressing the panic button is getting rid of a player or benching him if you can’t find a trading partner. When you press the panic button on an underperforming player, that means you’ve basically given up on the player and are willing to get far less than what you thought said player’s original value was. After all, it’s not called the panic button for nothing. Owners who press the panic button have had enough .
I’ve put together a list of players whose owners should be actively looking at the panic button and having serious thoughts about taking their relationship with the panic button to the "next level." For these players, it’s not just about a couple of bad performances, it’s about their situation on the team. For example, Ray Rice had a bad performance in Week 2 and got hurt but what’s more concerning is that Bernard Pierce is a permanent part of the Ravens’ running game now. Pierce isn’t going away, regardless of Rice’s health. In a situation like this, that’s when it's time for owners to take a long look at the panic button.
In the first two games of the season, Bernard Pierce has 29 rushing attempts to Rice’s 25. The numbers are a little skewed because Rice missed some time in Week 2 due to a strained hip flexor. Hurt or not, this has become a full blown RBBC. Both players are RB2s now and because Rice was an early first round pick, he’s approaching bust status because Pierce isn’t going anywhere. I would heavily advise owners to sell on Rice because his upside has become severely limited.
Drafted in the top-five overall, Foster’s production hasn’t merited his lofty draft position, yet. The main reason for this is because Ben Tate continues to eat into his carries. Just last week Tate had 93 rushing yards to Foster’s 79. In Week 1, Foster had 57 rushing yards to Tate’s 55. Texans Coach Gary Kubiak said earlier this week about Tate, that it’s “important to give him his touches and we will.” This is another full blown RBBC and Foster’s owners should be genuinely worried right now. With Tate eating so much into Foster’s carries, there’s no telling when, or it, Foster will even break the 100-yard rushing mark in a game. I would sell while you still can.
He looked so good in the preseason. He made a point to say that he was feeling healthy again and yet he’s already deep on the injury report with a left ankle strain and is questionable to play this week. When he has played, MJD has been completely ineffective in a horrible Jaguars offense, rushing for 72 yards on 25 carries, a putrid 2.8 yards per carry. The worst part about the MJD situation is that he’s virtually untradeable right now, so even if his owners push the panic button, their options are severely limited. They can only put him on the bench and hope that he has a big game somewhere down the line to increase his trade value from -32 to -24.