Fan Fantasy Football Show
The Fan Fantasy Football Show is back! Join fantasy football expert and Dispatch writer Jeff "Tito" Thitoff and Carpenter & Hall's Tim Hall beginning Sunday July 14th as they provide expert analysis on managing your fantasy players, letting you know who to draft, who to trade and setting you up with all the latest scouting and injury reports. Check out The Fan Fantasy blog throughout the week for roster tips and the latest fantasy player rankings. Win your fantasy league's Lombardi Trophy this year!
Some QB situations will doom WRs
There are some damn fine WRs that are stuck in some damn messy QB situations. Here’s three teams that have a lot of potential from wideouts, but will likely underperform because the signal-callers are below average.
N.Y. Jets (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith): They’ve got a terrific trio, but if Geno Smith doesn’t get better in a hurry than all three are going to be disappointments.
In his first two seasons, Smith has 25 touchdown passes and a whopping 34 interceptions. Here’s the good news – having those three guys to play catch with is bound to improve his stats. And Smith did look good down the stretch last season. Maybe Marshall helps that.
If Smith falters, or if he has a bad pre-season, it will be Ryan Fitzpatrick under center for the Jets. Fitzpatrick has been decent at times throughout his career, but never spectacular. He had a couple of serviceable seasons in Buffalo and finished with 17 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions for Houston last year (although it was padded with a six-touchdown game against Tennessee).
Speaking of Houston…
Houston Texans (DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts III): I love me some DeAndre, but I certainly don’t love having Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer trying to find him in space. Jaelen Strong has a ton of potential, but will it get recognized with these guys under center?
Of the two, Mallett certainly has the higher ceiling. We already know what Hoyer can do – bask in mediocrity. Bill O’Brien might be able to work some magic and develop Mallett.
Buffalo Bills (Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin): The hourglass is about to run out for EJ Manuel. In 15 games, he has 16 TD passes and 12 interceptions. They used a first-round pick on him in 2013, but he has failed to meet the expectations.
When/if he is replaced, it will be Matt Cassel in relief. Since that fantastic run in 2010 with Kansas City, when he had 27 TD passes and just seven interceptions, he has 30 TD passes and 34 picks in 30 games.
Neither are worthy options, but they will be aided by the addition of LeSean McCoy in the backfield. Having him as a bailout option and home-run threat should do either QB a world of good.
Le’Veon Bell out for two games. Tom Brady out for four games (or three, or two, or one – or none).