Fantasy Football: The Paul Perkins Dilemma
The New York Giants offense as a whole has not been very good through the first two weeks. The running game has been the biggest problem for the team as they rank last in both overall attempts and in total rushing yards. Starter Paul Perkins has not had the kind of season that fantasy owners were expecting. Perkins was a great candidate to breakout this year as he was seen as the lead back in his second year in the league. So far in 2017, Perkins has 14 carriers for 26 yards which equals a mere 1.9 yards per rush. That kind of production will not help the team get out of their early season whole. Both Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa have seen touches out of the backfield as well, but not enough to make any major impact. After two weeks in which the Giants lost by ten plus points, they are in desperate need of getting their offense on track and that should start with figuring out how to get the run game going.
Perkins’ slow start is something that fantasy owners should be worried about. He was seen as the number one option heading into the season and I’m sure that fantasy owners drafted him with the expectation that he would be just that. After 2 weeks however, the biggest question isn’t should he be in your starting lineup, but should he be still be on your team at all. I believe that the answer to that question is yes. I know that every roster spot is important and I’m sure that if your team has started 0-2 you might be looking to make changes. However, there are most likely not much better options still available. Perkins should still be the number one option in New York and all it takes is one game to get some momentum going.
At this point Perkins is probably a risky flex play, but if the he turns things around, he may vault into RB2 territory. In my opinion he is still in the driver’s seat when it comes to being the most productive running back in New York. With Shane Vereen being mostly a 3rd down running back and Orleans Darkwa being a backup option, the majority of the carries should still go to Perkins. If the Giants are going to start winning games, Perkins will need to start producing at the level that many fantasy owners expected when the season began and if that does not happen, he might be someone that you decide to release in the coming weeks.
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Colby Gatz covers Fantasy Football for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15.