Week 1 this year is probably one of the toughest in recent memory. We’ve got storylines, data, and news to parse through and we’re not sure how to react. Without any preseason games, we have no other information to go off of other than what we all watched over the last five days. We can’t overreact and trade away players for bad performances nor should we start sending trades for outliers. We at least need to react and begin watching for sure signs of improvement or some sense of certainty before dropping or trading away players. Even after a one-week letdown, we need to carefully examine the situation and see if there’s anything we can salvage before we make a decision.
Each week, I’ll be reviewing the players with the most-disappointing performances. From injuries to game flow to poor play, we can identify the reasons for the drop in production and how to approach each situation as we head into the following week. Let’s start at the quarterback position.
Quarterback: Baker Mayfield, Browns
Week 1 Results: (Projected) 15.9, (Actual) 9.9
The Browns entered 2020 after hitting the trifecta of the non-existent offseason. They brought in a new head coach, hired a new offensive coordinator, and added another pass-catcher to the offense. Much-needed changes after a disastrous 2019, but changes that needed time to fully integrate. The fantasy community may not have been excited about Baker Mayfield in his third year, but we did have interest in parts of the offense. Four Browns carried ADPs inside the first six rounds. Most were considered values at their cost, but it all hinged on Mayfield. His Week 1 outing forces us to re-examine the former Heisman winner and if he’s a viable option on our squads moving forward.
Advice Moving Forward: