If you own Marques Colston, you’ve been disappointed, the kind of disappointment which induces instant panic and fear. Loathing too. Lots of loathing.
But as a Colston owner who’s searching for answers while quickly feeling lost and cold, you want an explanation, dammit. Or an excuse will also suffice. By the standards of the average NFL receiver, Colston actually hasn’t been that awful. The problem, of course, is that Colston isn’t an average NFL receiver, and with an ADP that placed him near the end of the fourth round in most leagues, he wasn’t drafted like one either.
He has 120 receiving yards on 17.1 yards per catch thus far, which rounds out to a pace of 60 yards per game. That’s coming from a receiver who has three straight 1,000-yard seasons and five overall, and averaged 81.6 yards per game last year. I’d keep repeating that it’s early to ease your fears, but how long do we keep up that charade? In a season that’s only 16 games long and a fantasy regular season that typically lasts only 14 games, two games is a long time, and in a few days the fantasy season will already be 20 percent completed.
So sure, you’re allowed to worry about the receiver who was supposed to give you at worst high end WR2 numbers, but do it knowing that he’s hurting. I’m not sure if that makes this better. In fact, it almost surely drives you closer to a wine cellar somewhere. But at least you can restore hope that Colston’s health can improve, along with the octane connection that used to power the Saints’ offense.
What’s hurting on Colston? His foot, and those are pretty vital to the success of a player who’s paid to run fast and catch footballs. Aaron Kromer, the interim head coach who’s replaced the interim head coach in New Orleans, even said that this past Sunday during a loss to Carolina when his top wideout had a very pedestrian 49 receiving yards, it wasn’t Colston on the field. It was an imposter of some kind.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
[Colston] has been slowed so much by a foot ailment that Kromer said Colston “wasn’t Marques Colston in the game. You could say that hindered us a little bit, he didn’t run as fast as he normally does.”
You drafted the guy who had six 100-yard games last year and eight touchdowns, not this other jerk. Here’s to hoping the good Colston gets healthy quickly and returns, giving you the value you sought and paid for. There’s a list of receivers taken near him in many drafts that are providing far more production (Percy Harvin, Demaryius Thomas, Dwayne Bowe).
Stay hopeful instead of remorseful, Colston buyers. There’s still so much more season left for self hatred.
And now the links part of the links post…
- The Bears are confident in Michael Bush, which is swell, and quite justifiable since he showed last year that he’s more than capable of replacing an injured starter and providing production that’s far above replacement level. However, he also demonstrated in Oakland that his initial burst isn’t sustainable, as his numbers dwindled while his carries increased when he was a featured back. Good luck, Matt Forte owners. [Bears.com]
- The tight end who’s been targeted the most on deep passes that travel 20 yards or more through the air isn’t named Gronkowski or Graham. Nope, it’s Kellen Davis. [Pro Football Focus]
- Darrelle Revis was limited in practice yesterday, and he still hasn’t been cleared for contact. I’d say this means great things for Dolphins receiver X this weekend and his owners, but who are the Dolphins receivers again? [New York Post]
- LeSean McCoy could suck this week, at least by LeSean McCoy standards. [Brad Evans]
- What’s the difference between Larry Fitzgerald and Danny Amendola through two weeks? One was drafted to be a WR1 on every fantasy team in every league, and one is actually playing like a WR1. [Dave Richard]
- Josh Morgan received death threats on Twitter, which is your daily reminder that some of the dumbest scumbags on Earth live on the Internet. [Washington Post]
- Through two games, no quarterback has done more to improve his team’s chances of winning on a per play basis than Ben Roethlisberger. [Behind The Steel Curtain]