When I used a first round pick this fantasy football season on Peyton Manning, most people scoffed. He’s too old, he’s coming off a season lost to surgery. But what people failed to realize is Peyton Manning has only done one thing in his career: win. It’s hard to find a guy with a track record as strong as Manning’s, play-off success not withstanding, so when he was available I snapped him up. And he hasn’t disappointed.
Manning has been consistently excellent this season, and has left me with no worries about starting him against any team in the league. One of the great comeback stories in my opinion.
On the other hand, when I snagged Vernon Davis in the later rounds I was praised for a great late pick. One of the best Tight Ends in the NFL, it was a miracle he had fallen that far and was still available. However, it has been less than a dream season for Davis, with this weekend marking the lowest of the lows. Davis was held without a reception, tallying a whopping zero fantasy points and leaving me questioning whether I should start him or not.
It’s not a question of talent, but maybe system play. Davis is not being targeted or, as he suggested, his routes are not being adjusted to compensate for coverage. This leaves Davis as a questionable option; some weeks he can be huge while in others he becomes a non-factor.
And that’s the tale of two players: one who has exceeded expectations, and another who has underwhelmed. Who are your two players this season?