Week 3 can feel like a tipping point in fantasy football. For those sitting at 0-2 two weeks in, it's hard not to panic.

Success in fantasy requires knowing when to start a player, when to hold them on the bench and when to unload them all together.

Those decisions become even harder when it's one of your early draft picks who isn't performing. With just two weeks to analyze, it can be tough to figure out what's real and what just happens to be a disappointing start.

Here, we'll take a look at several disappointments thus far and just how panicked managers should be about their prospects moving forward.


TE Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith doesn't care about your fantasy team. At least not as it pertains to making sure that Kyle Pitts gets the ball.

Pitts managers might feel like Smith is concocting a personal vendetta against fantasy players. The second-year tight end saw just three targets in a 31-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, bringing down two of them for 19 yards. It was the exact same stat line that had those who drafted Pitts frustrated in Week 1.

Smith let the media know that he's not playing fantasy football after the game. He's just trying to win football games.

That's exactly why managers shouldn't be worried too much just yet. Pitts saw seven targets in Week 1. According to Player Profiler, he's still third in Air Yards Share with nearly a quarter of the team's intended air yards.

It hasn't led to fantasy glory yet, but Pitts is still one of the best weapons they have in their arsenal. He's going to be a priority in the offense and he's too good to not produce when given the opportunity.

The chemistry between him and Marcus Mariota is taking longer than expected to develop, but it will be there.

Panic Meter: Low


RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry was a consensus top-five pick in fantasy drafts this offseason but there was always a level of risk involved with his selection.

The 28-year-old back has been a force, but he's also been an anomaly. He lead the league in carries in 2019 and 2020 and was well on his way to doing it again in 2021 with 219 in eight games before a foot injury cost him the rest of the season.

In total, Henry has 1,435 career carries.

Using that history as a backdrop his start to the 2022 season should be concerning. Coming off the foot injury he just hasn't looked like the same running back.

As Bill Barnwell of ESPN noted, Henry's efficiency was concerning even in Week 1 when he put up a respectable 82 yards on 21 carries. According to Next Gen Stats, an average back would have rushed for 93 yards and four first downs. Henry ran for just one.

There are those who are going to view Henry as a buy-low candidate. His name recognition and peak ability are tantalizing and he gets favorable matchups. The Raiders and Colts are both in the top 10 for most fantasy points ceded to running backs.

This isn't a matchup problem, though. There's a real possibility that the foot injury and wear-and-tear of being a high-volume back is finally catching up to Henry.

Panic Meter: High