Fantasy Football Panic Meter: Jaylen Waddle, Ezekiel Elliott, Russell Wilson (Week 6)

As fantasy managers, we often face difficult decisions. To sit, or not to sit?

In an age where data is coming at us more frequently than ever, it’s easy for information to become over-saturated

or lost in translation. This article series will be here each week to help you filter through the jungle of statistics

so you can make more educated lineup decisions. Welcome to the “Panic Meter.”

Each week, we’ll feature several underperforming players with an assigned grade corresponding to the appropriate

level of panic for the respective player/performance. Below is a scale with grades between 0 and 4,

as well as a strategy that correlates to the specific grade.

Waddle was on fire to begin the season. He has since cooled, registering a total of five catches for

62 yards in his two most recent contests. However, even after two five-point weeks,

I’d be hesitant to sound the panic alarm. A mean injury bug has hit Miami’s QB room lately,

causing the offense to stall to a certain degree. In all likelihood, we can chalk Waddle’s recent duds up to

 circumstance. We’ve seen what he is capable of (40.1 PPR points in week two) so benching him at the moment

would be an ill-advised overreaction. Unless the duds continue… in which case, the panic meter will adjust accordingly.

After an excellent start to the season, Robinson has begun to fizzle out. After two weeks with less than six PPR points,

out-touched and out-produced by Travis Etienne. It is possible that we are witnessing a changing of the guard in the backfield.

 It is equally possible we’re witnessing the effects of an offensive regression by the Jags as a whole. Either way,

 panic is rising. You need to hold because you missed your window to trade him for peak value.

Robinson moves from a low-end RB1 to a flex who needs to be monitored.

After another fantasy dud in week five, Ezekiel Elliott has finished with single-digit totals in three

of five games this season. He doesn’t have one game with more than 15 PPR points. For a player who is touching the ball

of five games this season. He doesn’t have one game with more than 15 PPR points. For a player who is touching the ball

15+ times a game, Elliot is scoring a remarkably low amount of points. With Tony Pollard clearly looking like

the more explosive back, it’s extremely difficult to get excited about playing Elliott, even as a flex.

can’t drop him (yet) because he is seeing RB1 volume, but trading him away for a decent flex option (or anything you can get) is very much in play.

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