Patience works for fantasy stars—most of the time

October 17, 2012|By Dan Richman | For RedEye

Chris Johnson, Jordy Nelson and Matthew Stafford were high draft picks in fantasy football who haven't lived up to the hype, However, last week they showed flashes of brilliance, making you wonder: Are they back, or was it false hope?

Chris Johnson, Tennessee RB

Speed, elusiveness and a track record of success all describe CJ2K, but the guy is an enigma. Johnson rushed for over 2,000 yards two years ago but hasn't lived up to the hype the past 21 games. He rushed for 141 yards in Week 4 and 91 in Week 5. However, Johnson has yet to score and in four other games, he rushed for a combined 69 yards. COMBINED!

Bottom line: Even with a couple of solid games, these numbers don't cut it. Trade him if you can. Otherwise, play him only if you have no other options.

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay WR

The Packers' main deep threat hasn't been threatening for most of the year. Nelson managed just two catches for 19 yards in Week 3 and two grabs for 29 yards in Week 5. Yet Nelson came back strong against a tough Houston D last week with nine catches for 121 yards and three scores.

Bottom line: Nelson heated up last year in Week 6 and never looked back. Considering the Packers' easy schedule the next four weeks (St. Louis, Jacksonville, Arizona, Detroit), Nelson is a keeper.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit QB

The Lions' gunslinger was great in Week 6, passing for 311 yards and a TD to go with a rushing score. However, opponents are double- and triple-teaming Calvin Johnson, hurting Stafford's ability to find his No. 1 guy. Moving forward, it is going to be challenging but not impossible for Stafford. The Lions' next four games are against the Bears, Seattle, Jacksonville and Minnesota, a mix of good and bad defenses.

Bottom line: Stafford needs to get more production from receivers other than Johnson if he is going to come close to last year's spectacular season, but don't give up on him yet.

Dan Richman has played fantasy football for more than 15 years and hosted a show on The Score (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl

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