Fantasy football owners are just two weeks into the 2015 NFL season, yet they’re already faced with some troubling performances that yield an even more troubling problem: do you wait out a sluggish start or cut bait while you can still get something for a would-be stud?
The reality is, guys you picked in the first or second round had that value going into 2015 fantasy football drafts for a reason, because they had the talent or role to be viewed as top flight picks. The tough part, after some rough starts, is deciding if they’re running into a Trent Richardson free fall or if this is a minor blip on the radar that they’ll look back at and laugh a few weeks from now.
Two guys carry the loaded “buy or sell” question as much as anyone going into week three, as many fantasy owners are wondering what to do with DeMarco Murray and Jeremy Hill. Both of these guys are too good to flat out cut in any fantasy leagues, but let’s take a look at where they stand and whether or not you should try to trade them away at all costs:
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Sell
Often times you see a running back go off for a productive rookie season, but then come back in their 2nd season and suffer the dreaded sophomore slump. The Bengals have been rolling due to the play of Andy Dalton and their passing game, so they should look to continue moving the ball through the air. Hill has averaged an underwhelming 3.5 yards per rush on 29 carries, with only 1 reception. Fellow running back, Giovani Bernard has made the most of his chances and leads the team with 186 rushing yards on less carries, with 9 catches as well. With a great passing game and more effective Bernard, Hill’s carries will be cut which is why I am selling him. However, he should see a few productive games this season as an option in the FLEX.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Sell
I don’t even know where to start with DeMarco Murray. Perhaps the biggest bust in fantasy football history thus far, the $40 million man has fantasy owners livid as they spent their prized 1st round pick on the running back who put together one of the most productive seasons in recent memory. With only 11 yards on 21 carries, he is averaging a jaw-dropping half yard per carry as he has put together the worst start for a running back in NFL history through 2 weeks. As it has played out, it looks as if he was definitely a product of that elite Dallas offensive line last season and the struggles of Philly’s offensive line has hurt him tremendously. While it was expected, only 21 carries indicates a diminished workload following over 400 last season. The Murray we saw last season and what we’ve seen this year are two completely different players. It’s hard to bench your 1st round pick, but that might just be what you need to do.