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Fantasy Football Panic Meter: Alvin Kamara, Kadarius Toney, Jared Cook

Nov 9, 2021
Kadarius Toney

Starting, sitting, trading, waiting, and replacing are decisions every fantasy football player makes all season long. Unfortunately, information comes at us fast and furious, making it difficult to decipher when to change our lineups. This article series will be here weekly to help you make those pivotal calls. Welcome to the Panic Meter.

Each week, we will give you several players who underperformed and how panicked you should feel about that letdown. The scale (as seen below) will tell you exactly what to do with last week’s busts, whether it means running them back out there this week or sending them packing for the waiver wire.

Every player will get a Panic Meter grade between 0 and 4 and a strategy to employ at that graded level.

0 This week wasn’t great, but panic, not my friend. Start him again next week.
1 Wait and see mode activated. If you have a replacement, it may be a smart move.
2 That was ugly. Something is wrong here. To the bench, he goes.
3 Hold at your own risk. This player isn’t reliable right now. Consider moving on.
4 Stop. DROP. Shut ’em down. Open up shop! He gone.

Now that you understand the system bring on the panic!

Week 9 Panic Meter

Jakobi Meyers | Panic Meter: 3

Setting an NFL record for most career receiving yards without a touchdown is a dubious distinction. That’s what Meyers achieved this week. Health, route running, and creating separation are all considered skills. Maybe catching the ball in the end zone is a skill this Patriots wideout lacks. He mostly safe to drop, except in 3WR and mutli-FLEX settings.

Khalil Herbert | Panic Meter: 3

The return of David Montgomery ended Herbert’s nice fantasy run with an exclamation point. Monty played in 53 snaps compared to his backup’s ten, and ran 28 routes to two. As long as the starter is healthy, Herbert has zero fantasy value. Of course, if your bench has more than 6 slots or you roster Montgomery, Herbert is worthy of the bench, but all other scenarios scream drop.

Jared Cook | Panic Meter: 3

Weird that Cook would be on this list after a fine performance in Week 9, but a tight end by committee describes disaster for fantasy managers. His TE counterparts in Los Angeles are taking snaps, routes, and targets from him every week. The results haven’t fallen off the cliff yet, although that day is near.

Tyler Boyd | Panic Meter: 2

Joe Burrow was on a ridiculous pace early in 2021 to throw enough balls to feed three fantasy-relevant WRs. Well, the offense reached a plateau and Boyd is the odd man out. Ja’Marr Chase has come back to earth, but can still score on every play and Tee Higgins is a weekly volume play. The trust level for option three is waning.

Mecole Hardman | Panic Meter: 2

The breakout hasn’t surfaced. Hardman possesses all the tools, but the consistent results have evaded him again in 2021. Barring a catastrophic injury to Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, Hardman is a hope and a dream in your lineup.

Kadarius Toney | Panic Meter: 1

Toney is back from a minor injury, but the Giants offense only threw only 20 passes so there was little to be had for their WR corps. On a positive note, Toney played 55% of the offensive snaps, same as Kenny Golladay. New York gave us a glimpse of what the rookie is capable of, but holding off on starting him on your fantasy squad until they prove it wasn’t a fluke is probably best for your record.

D.J. Moore | Panic Meter: 0

Three weeks ago, he was the reinvention of sliced bread. Keep calm, D.J. on.

Alvin Kamara | Panic Meter: 0

In no shape or form can Kamara be counted out, even with the swirling QB situation. New Orleans needs to get back to what they do best. Give him the ball as often as possible.

Cut List | Panic Meter: 4Chuba Hubbard, Kenneth Gainwell, Tua Tagovailoa.

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