5 Fantasy Football Players To Be Patient With

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Have Patients With Slow Starting Fantasy Players

Players
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Every Fantasy Football season has its disappointments. Players are selected high every year only to under-perform their draft position. You may think about trading these players away or even dropping them to waiver wire in favor of a player who is performing at a higher level.

If you’ve been disappointed with one of your players through the NFL’s first three weeks, my advice to you is to be patient. It’s way too early in the season to give up on marquee players who you drafted to bring a big time stat line to your team.

Let’s say you’re thinking about trading away one of your under-performing players. While it may appear to be a good idea, you have to keep in mind that you’re most likely not going to get too much out of the trade. No Fantasy owner is going to trade away one of the top current Fantasy players for a 2013 disappointment. You will most likely get a player who was drafted in the mid to late rounds that are nothing spectacular.

Fantasy owners need to look at the long term with their under-performing players. Each year there are Fantasy players who start out the season slow only to finish with monster weeks. You don’t want to be regretting your early season trade that ended up greatly benefiting another team in your league.

You also need to come to terms with realistic Fantasy output from some Fantasy players. In most leagues, Adrian Peterson was taken first overall in the draft. Some of those lucky owners have been disappointed with Peterson’s performance thus far but their expectations were too high. Peterson is not going to have 200 yards and three touchdowns every week. 100+ yards per week from your Fantasy running back is a solid back that will help your team win each week.

Coming up in the next slides are the top five Fantasy Football players who owners need to have patients with. Don’t panic and go trading away any of these players as they are sure to increase their stat line as the season progresses.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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No. 5 Tom Brady

Brady
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The quarterback position entering the 2013 season was so deep and Brady was most likely the last top quarterback taken during your draft. While he hasn’t given your team the boost you were hoping for yet, he will return to old form especially with the return of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.

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No. 4 Arian Foster

Foster
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Foster was a first-round pick in all leagues and so far hasn’t preformed even close to what owners were hoping for. He has been virtually splitting carries with Ben Tate which has really hurt his stat line. Foster has also been banged up to start the season and the coaching staff has been somewhat leery of giving him the bulk of the load. Once he gets fully healthy again and starts getting 20 carries a game, you’ll be glad you kept him.

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No. 3 C.J. Spiller

Spiller
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So far the stat line for Spiller is not remotely close to what we’re accustomed to seeing from the back. Backup Fred Jackson has actually out preformed Spiller. Once Spiller becomes fully healthy and he starts to see the running lanes open up, a breakout performance may not be far away.

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No. 2 Doug Martin

Martin
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After bursting onto the Fantasy scene last season, Martin hasn’t put up quite the numbers owners were expecting but it’s not something to be worried about. The back is on pace for 410 total touches this season and has had double digit Fantasy numbers each week. The team itself may be in shambles but Martin is the only good thing they have going.

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No. 1 Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
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The list is just about comprised of all running backs due to the fact that entering the fantasy football draft, the running back position seemed quite thin and owners needed to scrounge up as many as they could. Going in the first or very early second round, Lynch is yet to gain over 100 yards rushing and only found the end zone in one of the three games. While he has been inconsistent for his owners through three weeks, it’s only a matter of time before Lynch starts raking up the point totals like he did in the 2012 season.

1 of 6

Have Patients With Slow Starting Fantasy Players

Players
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Every Fantasy Football season has its disappointments. Players are selected high every year only to under-perform their draft position. You may think about trading these players away or even dropping them to waiver wire in favor of a player who is performing at a higher level.

If you’ve been disappointed with one of your players through the NFL’s first three weeks, my advice to you is to be patient. It’s way too early in the season to give up on marquee players who you drafted to bring a big time stat line to your team.

Let’s say you’re thinking about trading away one of your under-performing players. While it may appear to be a good idea, you have to keep in mind that you’re most likely not going to get too much out of the trade. No Fantasy owner is going to trade away one of the top current Fantasy players for a 2013 disappointment. You will most likely get a player who was drafted in the mid to late rounds that are nothing spectacular.

Fantasy owners need to look at the long term with their under-performing players. Each year there are Fantasy players who start out the season slow only to finish with monster weeks. You don’t want to be regretting your early season trade that ended up greatly benefiting another team in your league.

You also need to come to terms with realistic Fantasy output from some Fantasy players. In most leagues, Adrian Peterson was taken first overall in the draft. Some of those lucky owners have been disappointed with Peterson’s performance thus far but their expectations were too high. Peterson is not going to have 200 yards and three touchdowns every week. 100+ yards per week from your Fantasy running back is a solid back that will help your team win each week.

Coming up in the next slides are the top five Fantasy Football players who owners need to have patients with. Don’t panic and go trading away any of these players as they are sure to increase their stat line as the season progresses.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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No. 5 Tom Brady

Brady
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback position entering the 2013 season was so deep and Brady was most likely the last top quarterback taken during your draft. While he hasn’t given your team the boost you were hoping for yet, he will return to old form especially with the return of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.

3 of 6

No. 4 Arian Foster

Foster
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Foster was a first-round pick in all leagues and so far hasn’t preformed even close to what owners were hoping for. He has been virtually splitting carries with Ben Tate which has really hurt his stat line. Foster has also been banged up to start the season and the coaching staff has been somewhat leery of giving him the bulk of the load. Once he gets fully healthy again and starts getting 20 carries a game, you’ll be glad you kept him.

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No. 3 C.J. Spiller

Spiller
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

So far the stat line for Spiller is not remotely close to what we’re accustomed to seeing from the back. Backup Fred Jackson has actually out preformed Spiller. Once Spiller becomes fully healthy and he starts to see the running lanes open up, a breakout performance may not be far away.

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No. 2 Doug Martin

Martin
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After bursting onto the Fantasy scene last season, Martin hasn’t put up quite the numbers owners were expecting but it’s not something to be worried about. The back is on pace for 410 total touches this season and has had double digit Fantasy numbers each week. The team itself may be in shambles but Martin is the only good thing they have going.

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No. 1 Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The list is just about comprised of all running backs due to the fact that entering the fantasy football draft, the running back position seemed quite thin and owners needed to scrounge up as many as they could. Going in the first or very early second round, Lynch is yet to gain over 100 yards rushing and only found the end zone in one of the three games. While he has been inconsistent for his owners through three weeks, it’s only a matter of time before Lynch starts raking up the point totals like he did in the 2012 season.


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