By: Blake Sullivan (Twitter: @BlakeSullivanFF)
Rust or Bust
Tom Brady: Rust
The injury of WR Julian Edelman was a huge blow to the Patriots. Tom Brady has a different backfield due to losing Legarrette Blount and picking up Mike Gillislee. Brady gained a new target in Brandon Cooks during the offseason and his biggest target, Rob Gronkowski, made his return in week 1. Brady played a good Chiefs defense and ultimately was out-dueled by Alex Smith and rookie Kareem Hunt. I mean, come on, Brady has never been held down for long. Not even a 28-3 deficit can stop him (sorry falcons fans). Last year Brady missed the first 4 game of the season because of deflategate. He came back and finished the season 2nd in QBR only .2 points behind Matt Ryan while throwing for almost 300 yards per game and only having 2 INT.Brady is off to a much better start than he was at this time last year so have no fear fantasy owners!
Andy Dalton: Bust
What was this? 4 INT? A fumble? Dalton only threw 8 INTs all last season. Maybe he will shake this off, but I think the Bengals are going to be the second-best team in Ohio this year. The Bengals do have a trio of backs to change up looks, and we can’t forget that Dalton has talented hands in AJ Green and Tyler Eifert. Cincinatti also picked up some speed with their selection of John Ross in the draft. I don’t want to overreact to this week’s showing because he has good weapons around him, but I do think that Dalton will have a lackluster performance.
Le’Veon Bell: Rust
Bell is an obvious rust pick for me. He spent his offseason under pressure for his holdout. He carried it out as long as he could, but ultimately, he came back to the team. He has done a good job of staying in shape, but it is hard to expect a lot of touches if you haven’t been getting them in practice. Mike Tomlin defended Bell,saying that being highly penalized early hurt the run game. In my opinion, I would still run the ball with Bell on 1st and 15. The guy averaged 4.9 yards per carry last season, so I would have no problem having a 2nd and 10. I look for Bell to bounce back and have a huge season for the Steelers once he can start getting into a groove.
Indianapolis Colts: Bust
I thought that this season was going to be a tough season even if Andrew Luck could come back and remain healthy. There are still a ton of questions in Indianapolis besides Luck. The defense gave up 46 points to THE RAMS. We all remember how terrible the Rams situation was last year. Neither QB for the Colts had 200 yards or a TD. The rushing game must have been decent then right? Wrong. Frank Gore led the way with 40 yards. The team had only 75 yards rushing combined. If T.Y Hilton can stay healthy this year then maybe the Colts can pull out some wins, but they can’t lean on Adam Vinatieri to win all the games.
Rob Gronkowski: Rust
Coming off an injury is tough. It is something that Gronk is used to unfortunately. Gronk made a diving grab in Week 1 but couldn’t quite keep it off the ground. He would have had a decent week had he been able to reel it in. He looked fine as he was able to get fairly deep into the secondary. In his defense, he drew a tough matchup against Eric Berry. I’m not going to bore you with stats on Gronk because
I’m not stupid and neither are you. We have all seen what he does and now he will be the go to guy. Look for Gronk to get back on track next week against the Saints.