We are now done with the first quarter of football. There are still 12 games remaining on the schedule, but for fantasy owners, there are just eight or nine games left. Your goal from here is to try to win at least seven games. I’ve found that in most leagues, a 7-6 or 7-7 record will often sneak people into the playoffs. So if you are 2-4 or event 1-3, you need to try and win five or six games. It hasn’t been easy with players not performing as expected.
This week we will look at how the key skill positions have performed according to where they were drafted by position. These players represent the bulk of the first four rounds of your draft.
So far, six of the top 12 quarterbacks have performed negatively with
Tom Brady having
the biggest dropoff of the group. I have an asterisk by
and Newton because they had a bye in Week 4. Rodgers is averaging 25.3 fantasy points per game and would be ranked 3rd overall. Newton is averaging 20 fantasy points and would rank 10th. Peyton Manning
, Matt Ryan
, Matthew Stafford
Robert Griffin III
are playing better than their draft selection.
are currently at the same spot they were drafted.
|1||Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB*||10||-9|
|2||Brees, Drew NOS QB||2||E|
|3||Manning, Peyton DEN QB||1||+2|
|4||Brady, Tom NEP QB||15||-11|
|5||Newton, Cam CAR QB*||26||-21|
|6||Ryan, Matt ATL QB||5||+1|
|7||Kaepernick, Colin SFO QB||19||-12|
|8||Stafford, Matthew DET QB||6||+2|
|9||Luck, Andrew IND QB||9||E|
|10||Griffin III, Robert WAS QB||8||+2|
|11||Romo, Tony DAL QB||13||-2|
|12||Wilson, Russell SEA QB||17||-5|
Running backs have had a slow start to the season as seven of the top 12 have performed according to their draft spot with many of these players going in the first round of drafts.
and C.J. Spiller have been the biggest disappointments, although Spiller played well in week 5.
has played like the No. 1 pick. Running backs Jamaal Charles
, LeSean McCoy
, Marshawn Lynch
have played well to start the season.
|1||Peterson, Adrian MIN RB||1||E|
|2||Martin, Doug TBB RB||11||-9|
|3||Foster, Arian HOU RB||7||-4|
|4||Charles, Jamaal KCC RB||2||+2|
|5||Spiller, C.J. BUF RB||23||-18|
|6||Rice, Ray BAL RB||37||-31|
|7||McCoy, LeSean PHI RB||4||+3|
|8||Richardson, Trent IND RB||19||-11|
|9||Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB||6||+3|
|10||Forte, Matt CHI RB||3||+7|
|11||Morris, Alfred WAS RB||18||-7|
|12||Johnson, Chris TEN RB||22||-10|
While many will point to running backs as reasons they are not winning games, it is the wide receiver position that had the most negative players on the list with nine. The most notable are Roddy White
, Larry Fitzgerald
and Vincent Jackson
. Randle Cobb has an asterisk because he was on a bye in Week 4 but is averaging 20 points a game and would rank 6th. The three players that have performed better than their draft positions are Julio Jones
and Victor Cruz
|1||Johnson, Calvin DET WR||9||-8|
|2||Bryant, Dez DAL WR||7||-5|
|3||Green, A.J. CIN WR||11||-8|
|4||Marshall, Brandon CHI WR||10||-6|
|5||Jones, Julio ATL WR||1||+4|
|6||Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR||2||+4|
|7||Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR||21||-14|
|8||Johnson, Andre HOU WR||14||-6|
|9||Cobb, Randall GBP WR*||22||-14|
|10||White, Roddy ATL WR||89||-79|
|11||Cruz, Victor NYG WR||3||+8|
|12||Jackson, Vincent TBB WR||37||-14|
The tight end position has been mixed as we have seen players such as
play lights out but we have six of the top eight tight ends drafted with negative rankings starting with Rob Gronkowski
. As we enter Week 5, we have not yet seen Gronkowski on the field. I look at him as a bust so far because owners drafted him as the 2nd tight end overall which is pretty high for a player that could miss five games and still has a bye week yet to come.
As I mentioned, you only have eight or nine games left in the fantasy regular season so if Gronkowski misses Week 5, you are using him for six or seven games at the most. That is a tough task to make the playoffs unless you were able to back him up with a decent option. It could pay off at the end of the season provided he stays healthy.
and Greg Olsen had a bye in Week 4 so they would rank about 10th for Finley and 11th for Olsen. Jordan Cameron
are outperforming their draft positions while Jimmy Graham
and Jared Cook have held their draft position. Cook surprisingly has done nothing since the first game of the season and is still in the top-10 in fantasy points among tight ends.
|1||Graham, Jimmy NOS TE||1||E|
|2||Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE||80||-78|
|3||Witten, Jason DAL TE||10||-8|
|4||Davis, Vernon SFO TE||11||-7|
|5||Gonzalez, Tony ATL TE||5||E|
|6||Finley, Jermichael GBP TE*||17||-11|
|7||Olsen, Greg CAR TE*||13||-6|
|8||Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE||26||-18|
|9||Cook, Jared STL TE||9||E|
|10||Gates, Antonio SDC TE||3||+7|
|11||Daniels, Owen HOU TE||8||+3|
|12||Cameron, Jordan CLE TE||2||+10|