Nobody can predict the future.
We've said that plenty of times before on this site and it's an important fact to keep in mind as you read through or listen to any fantasy football preseason advice. Whoever is doling out the info is just guessing at best, because that's all it is: An educated guess.
Every fantasy season, plenty of surprises - both good and bad - come out of nowhere that not a soul on Earth could have predicted.
As we enter Week 8, we sit at roughly the halfway mark between most fantasy regular seasons in leagues, so the CSN Fantasy crew is taking a look at the most disappointing players at each position:
QB - Peyton Manning, DEN
We all saw some ominous signs in Peyton Manning's second half of 2014. The 14-time Pro Bowler finished with three touchdowns and six interceptions in his last four games last season. With all the warning signs there and at the age of 39 going into the 2015 season, Manning still had an ADP of 50.
If you took him at or before his ADP, you're probably kicking yourself in the behind right about now. Manning is currently ranked as the No. 29 fantasy quarterback through six games, behind guys like Brian Hoyer, Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown and Kirk Cousins. Manning has thrown an interception in each game this season, with 10 total on the year.
Now, we all know the future Hall of Famer could string together a marvelous fantasy stretch in the second half of the season so he shouldn't be dropped under any circumstance quite yet. Keep a close eye on him and only play him when the matchup dictates it. (Scott Krinch)
RB - Eddie Lacy, GB
It's certainly not time to write the obituary for Eddie Lacy's 2015 fantasy campaign, but when the season is seven weeks deep and he's sandwiched between Dexter McCluster and Thomas Rawls, something's gone awry. It's laughable at this point that Lacy was a debatable top overall pick; Adrian Peterson and Le'Veon Bell are the Nos. 7 and 8 running backs in points per game, and that should only improve.
Lacy's season has been marred by a nagging ankle injury suffered early in Week 2 against the Seahawks. This coming after a 17-point performance against the Bears in Week 1; Lacy missed the rest of that game and hasn't topped 18 carries or 90 rushing yards since. It also hasn't helped Lacy's fantasy prospects that James Starks is on a career-best pace through six games and has allowed the Packers to work Lacy back slowly.
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There's good news, though. Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Lacy's ankle injury is no longer a concern, which also means it HAD been a concern for more than a month. The Packers' passing attack has been better than expected after Jordy Nelson went down, and Davante Adams will return in Week 8 to give Aaron Rodgers another target.
But a healthy Lacy is going to get his, as witnessed by his 13-touchdown campaign a year ago despite Rodgers earning MVP honors under center. It's bad news that Lacy has been a first-round bust thus far, averaging fewer points per game than guys like Isaiah Crowell and Marcel Reese. The good news, though, is that it came because of injury and not because Lacy is slipping in Year 3. He'll face tough defenses in Denver and Carolina the next two weeks, but then the schedule really opens up for him to have a stellar second half, so long as he's healthy. (Mark Strotman)
WR - Andre Johnson, IND
Johnson was the 23rd receiver off the board in ESPN drafts, ahead of guys like Jeremy Maclin, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson, Larry Fitzgerald, Martavis Bryant, James Jones and Steve Smith. Everybody thought this was Johnson's chance to truly break into the double-digit TD club with a true QB throwing to him for the first time in his career.
Of course it hasn't worked out that way at all. Johnson is now ranked as the No. 62 receiver in standard leagues and apart from one game (in which he put up 19 standard fantasy points), he's been downright awful. He failed to record a catch in two straight games in Weeks 3 and 4 and has just 11 fantasy points in six games apart from that 19-point outing.
Johnson looks way more like a 34-year-old wide receiver than the guy many expected to find the fountain of youth. If you own him, give up on him. He's probably not worth owning at all, and certainly not worth starting right now. His only hope is if Andrew Luck puts his shoulder woes behind him and can regain his 2014 form ... and even then Johnson is way down on the totem pole for targets in Indy. (Tony Andracki)
TE - Jimmy Graham, SEA
What? You really thought the Seahawks were going to change their offense for Graham? It didn't happen when Percy Harvin came along (granted he was hurt a lot). The Seahawks have NEVER focused on one guy in the passing game. It's always been about spreading it around and that's driven fantasy owners nuts over the years.
But even though it's been bad for Graham this year, he's still leading the team in catches and yards and is tied for first in touchdown receptions. The tight end class this year has been somewhat underwhelming outside of Rob Gronkowski, Gary Barnidge (seriously, who saw this guy coming) and Tyler Eifert. Travis Kelce and Martellus Bennett haven't lived up to big expectations just yet.
It doesn't look like Graham will live up to his draft position but he's not worth cutting at all. He's still capable of having a vintage Jimmy Graham game at any point so be ready. (John "The Professor" Paschall)