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By Moe Koltun, Matt Cott, and Matthew Schwimmer of Roto Analysis
Some players have been hugely disappointing so far this season. They aren’t just your average underperformer either – you leave them in your starting lineup, they’re impossible to trade, yet they continue to struggle. This week, we at RotoAnalysis are looking at a few of those guys who we actually have faith in. For these three guys, the light is at the end of the tunnel and we think they’re due for some good weeks.
Tom Brady, Patriots QB
Coming into the season, it was obvious that Brady wouldn’t have the same amount of weapons as recent years. However, nobody had him pegged for the #16 fantasy QB. I’m optimistic about his future performance for a couple reasons. First, Gronkowski coming back will be a huge help in the red zone. The lack of tight end help has led to a lot more rushing touchdowns for the Patriots than usual. Brady has averaged 36 TDs per season over the past three years, but is on pace for just 21 this year. That will change. Additionally, Danny Amendola being back and easier schedule looking forward can help get Brady back on track.
Chris Johnson, Titans RB
It’s been extremely frustrating to own Chris Johnson this season as he’s averaging 3.1YPC and has yet to reach the end zone on a running play. However, it’s not time to give up on Johnson. For starters, it’s an encouraging sign to see that Johnson has gotten double digit carries in every game this season. Additionally, those carries should tick up as the Titans schedule becomes extremely favorable in the second half of the season where they should be able to play with a lead more often. Don’t let the fact that Johnson has faced the two best rushing defenses (NYJ and KC) during two of the last three weeks scare you away from grabbing him for a second half run.
Marques Colston, Saints WR
Since entering the league in 2006, Marques Colston has recorded less than 1,000 yards and 7 TD’s only one time – his injury-shortened 2008 season. Not including that year, Colston has been shockingly consistent from year to year despite his game-to-game variability, catching between 70 and 98 balls every year for between 1,023 and 1,202 yards, as well as between 7 and 11 TD’s. So far 2013 has been a huge down year for Colston who only has 324 yards and one touchdown through six games, but after this week’s bye I expect him to get back on track. Any former Colston owner knows that zero or one point games are just something you have to tolerate, as they are always balanced out with a ridiculous 25 point outing or two—those outings are just yet to come this year for Colston. Look for him to rebound big in the second half, including one or more huge performances.
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