LeSean McCoy’s RB1 status is in serious jeopardy in 2018 (Credit: Getty Images)

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Phillip Lindsay, and Will Dissly came out of nowhere to explode in fantasy football’s opening week. But amidst all the shockingly impressive performances, there were some shockingly bad ones. Week one disappointments always have the chance to bounce back, but these are the guys whose fantasy outlooks probably won’t get much better any time soon.

LeSean McCoy

McCoy owners must have been relieved when they saw he wouldn’t end up suspended for the domestic violence accusations that surfaced in July. However, McCoy’s week one performance sure didn’t put a smile on their faces. McCoy is running behind a terrible offensive line in an offense that lacks playmakers. One may think regardless of that, Shady would produce good numbers due to a large workload. Think again. McCoy finished week one vs Baltimore with a total of 8 touches for 21 yards from scrimmage. Now, Josh Allen will get his first start under center for the Bills this week vs the Chargers. McCoy said of his new QB, “We need to make it easy on Allen,” knowing that the rookie QB may have some nerves at first. The situation McCoy is in is not one that makes for a good fantasy RB. Even if his workload increases in future games, he’s nothing more than a fringe RB2.

Alfred Morris

When Jerrick McKinnon went down with a torn ACL, the newly-signed Alfred Morris was a hot commodity. He’s an experienced running back on a team that can make some noise on offense this season led by Jimmy Garoppolo. Well week one came around and it was a rock-solid timeshare. Even though Morris out-carried the starter Matt Breida, he only did so by a 12-11 margin. And Morris only turned those carries into 38 yards. If Alf-Mo is going to be splitting carries with Breida, then I would prefer not to have him in my starting lineup. He is simply not good enough to put up great fantasy numbers getting 10-15 carries per game. If his workload increases then it will be something to discuss again but as of now, keep him on your bench if possible.

Amari Cooper

Prior to this season, in Jon Gruden’s 11 seasons as a head coach, he has always had a 1,000-yard receiver. After Michael Crabtree signed with the Ravens and vacated a lot of Raiders targets, fantasy owners had Cooper on their radar. Unfortunately for Cooper, Crabtree’s departure also means he’ll attract more attention from defenses being the #1 receiver on his team. He was held to 1 catch for 9 yards and was only targeted 3 times in week one. Gruden talked up Cooper a lot this offseason, but following their opener against the Rams, he said getting Cooper going will be “easier said than done”. Fantasy owners should be concerned that Cooper may not have what it takes to be a #1 WR. He draws a tough matchup in week 2 against a Broncos defense in which he will be covered by stud cornerback Chris Harris most of the day.

Ronald Jones II

There was a lot of hype for Jones out of college. Drafted 38th overall out of USC, he joined a team in need of help in the backfield. However, Jones struggled as a blocker which led to the coaching staff losing trust in him. Jones was a healthy scratch in week one, meaning Jacquizz Rodgers is the preferred backup for Peyton Barber. The Bucs will almost certainly want to see what Jones can do as the season moves along, but he’s not worth holding on your bench. He can be dropped in all redraft leagues, if he hasn’t been dropped already.

Kelvin Benjamin

I’m going to be completely honest with you folks, I do not see a Buffalo QB capable of getting Benjamin the ball yet. Benjamin brought in just 1 of 7 targets in week one and while Josh Allen certainly can’t be any worse than Nathan Peterman, he’s probably not good enough to make Benjamin fantasy-relevant. Benjamin has never had any modicum of consistency since leaving the Carolina Panthers, and with a rookie under center, don’t expect that to start now. Yes, Allen has a big arm and that could help Benjamin in the touchdown category, but banking on a deep catch to salvage a fantasy day is never a smart bet. Benjamin probably won’t become a trustworthy option at any point in 2018.


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