Cockcroft: Looking at Slow Starts

Originally Published: May 2, 2005
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
On Sunday's Fantasy Focus radio show, Eric Karabell and I were discussing some of April's slow starters because the change of the calendar page means a fresh start. It's a trend we see every season, when some of the game's best get off to rocky starts, and most of the time the best we can tell fantasy owners are things like "he'll come around" and "be patient."

Among the things I said during that show was that owners should analyze each player individually because some might have circumstances causing the slow start. Identifying the cause could lend insight to whether the player's value has actually decreased permanently or is due to increase in the near future. Of course, the list of struggling players is annually lengthy, so it's almost impossible to cover everyone during the course of one radio show.

Here is a closer look at what I'm thinking about 20 of the highest-drafted struggling fantasy players of 2005: