Let this week be a cautionary tale to all those who immediately jumped on the Ware/Ekeler hype trains. Just because they walk into a lead role, doesn’t mean they will produce at elite levels. All week I had to listen to all these so called “experts” quote BS stats like Ware averages 8 yards per touch and both Ekeler and Ware are top of the NFL in efficiency per touch so therefore they are both not top 5-10 guys. Here’s the thing, its easier to average higher yards per touch when you’re seeing <10 touches a week. Harder to do that when you have to carry the load of a workhorse RB without the talent. Most ridiculous take I saw was Bobby Sylvester over at FantasyPros say Ware was a top 3 RB rest of season. What a joke. That dude is probably the worst fantasy analyst I’ve ever seen. Tagliere is a boss and does his research but honestly have no idea how Bobby is still employed. He’s the skip bayless of fantasy football.
Talent matters in the NFL. Opportunity is king in fantasy but you need talent to produce at an elite level.
This is hopefully the last we hear about people saying random UDFA backups like Ware, Brown, Ekeler, etc will just become automatic RB1s when the starter goes down. Guys like Lindsay and Conner are the exception, not the rule. Don’t bench your studs to play these talentless backups who walk into a starting role.