Draft busts are to be assumed every year. It’s hard to forecast exactly how a season will turn out. You may have been burned by a bust or two this year but some of these busts may have just not yet arrived. Or better yet, some of these players may burst onto the scene in the second half of the season. Here’s who may have yet to arrive:
Patriots RB Dion Lewis
A lot was unknown how the Patriots backfield would turn out given all the guys they had. We were all thrown by Mike Gillislee’s 3 touchdown performance on opening night thinking he’d emerge as the lead back but it hasn’t happened that way. Dion Lewis has 24 total carries, the most among any Patriot RB over the last 2 weeks. That’s a good sign for Lewis considering he was once the 3rd down receiving back.
Saints WR Willie Snead
Here’s how Snead’s season has gone: Suspended 3 games, declared not fully recovered from hamstring injury during Week 4, bye Week 5, tried to play Week 6 but totaled just 1 catch for 11 yards and DNP during week 7 due to lingering hamstring injury. If you drafted Snead, you were likely upset with him and cut him, but he still figures to have a role with the Saints and Brees under center doesn’t hurt. He’s owned in just 58% of Yahoo leagues and has practiced in FULL this week. If it’s not this week, Snead should be producing by next week.
Colts RB Marlon Mack
Everyone likes to stash rookie running backs and wait for them to break out, especially when they’re sitting behind a 34 year old starter. You can look at the Colts running game like a bad team’s passing game. As the season gets away, bad teams generally bench whoever’s at QB and look to see what they have in their young QB’s on the roster. The Colts are 2-5 and it looks like it won’t be getting better anytime soon. Injured during Week’s 3 and 4 of this season, Mack is beginning to carve out a bigger role in the offense since returning. As the losses continue to mount for the Colts, look for Mack to continue to carve out a larger role.
Rams WR Sammy Watkins
Jared Goff is still just 23 years old and has just 14 games under his belt. Don’t think season to season for his progression, think about it game by game. He’s getting more comfortable in the offense. Watkins has shown us before that he can be a threat, he just needs Goff to find him, and he should.
Bengals WR John Ross
Everyone loves a burner on offense and Ross is that. Drafted 9th overall, Ross hasn’t played much yet but has practiced in full this week and will see significant playing time. The Bengals are down to just A.J. Green and TE Tyler Kroft as the playmakers on offense. Don’t be soured by Ross’ Week 2 end around fumble, he should provide value to the Bengals and potentially your fantasy lineup.
Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook
Westbrook put up numbers both in college and during the preseason but suffered an injury in September. However, following their Week 8 bye, Westbrook is ready to return and the Jags offense could use spark. Stash Westbrook and see what he can do.