Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus: Week Two, Vol. I – Don’t Panic

Every week during the NFL season, Sports Illustrated Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.

In our most recent conversation with Michael (Sep. 14), we evaluated the biggest question marks and disappointments of opening weekend. Here is what the Hall of Famer said:

What Advice Do You Have For Fantasy Managers Who Are Panicking After Week One?

“Everyone is freaking out about Aaron Rodgers, everyone’s freaking out about Ezekiel Elliott, everyone’s freaking out about Najee Harris and Mike Evans and Kyle Pitts. Folks, it’s one week. Every year in week two I have to say the same thing. Don’t worry about it. The Rodgers thing was brutal. I never thought Marcus Mariota would get more fantasy points on one run than Aaron Rodgers the entire weekend, but it is what it is. Rodgers is playing the Lions next week, so he’ll be fine. Continue to play your studs.”

Sony Michel Did Not Play Much Against The Bears. Should Managers Get Rid Of Him?

“Nobody said to start Sony Michel. Darrell Henderson was always going to be the guy this week because Sony Michel just got traded. Darrell Henderson is the guy to start now. Give it time. What happened with Baltimore on Monday night? Latavius Murray just signed, and I think he’ll be their guy at some point, but Ty’son Williams started the game. because Murray just signed with the team. It takes time. It’s not like these guys can sign with a new team and then, boom, they’re going to be effective. It doesn’t work that way.”

Speaking Of The Ravens Backfield, Is Le’Veon Bell Worth Picking Up On Waivers?

“I didn’t (pick him up), I won’t (pick him up) because I think Williams and Murray are going to be the top two guys.  Bell may or may not be activated from the practice squad. I’m guessing he would be but they also have Devonta Freeman there. (Their backfield) is crowded, but it’s crowded with two guys who are way past their primes and Latavius Murray, who’s certainly not at the peak of his career. Murray is still the best back they have. If you want to pick up Bell, he’s a speculative add but I’m not rushing to the waiver wire to go get him.”

The 49ers Have Already Lost Raheem Mostert For The Season. Which Of Their Remaining Running Backs Do You Like Most?

“Elijah Mitchell is going to be the hottest name off of the waiver wire, and rightfully so because he’s a 49ers running back, but I don’t know that that backfield situation is really cut and dry. Trey Sermon was inactive week one, JaMycal Hasty was also in the mix and Jeffrey Wilson, Jr. will come off of injured reserve at some point in the next month or so. That’s going to muddy the waters. If the Niners lined up against the Eagles this weekend and Trey Sermon was the starter, I wouldn’t be surprised. The fact that Elijah Mitchell was active and Sermon wasn’t doesn’t necessarily mean he’s ahead of Sermon on the depth chart. This may be a committee, it really might. That’s what the Niners do.”