This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.
We're essentially at the halfway point of the season already, and as is customary, the 2018 campaign has brought us no shortage of surprises on the fantasy front. This past week saw an unexpected quarterback demotion and a busy trade deadline, as well as the continuation of both positive and negative trends. With plenty to analyze, let's dive right in to the task of taking the temperature of the NFL fantasy landscape.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks: Ironically, Wilson's fantasy fortunes appear to be improving in direct proportion to a sharp reduction in his pass attempts. Better protection and a viable running game for the first time since Marshawn Lynch's glory days in the Pacific Northwest have unsurprisingly resulted in a much more efficient passing game, and Wilson's fantasy owners have reaped the benefits. The six-year veteran has three consecutive three-touchdown efforts and has thrown for multiple scores in all but one of his seven games. Granted, his rushing production is considerably down – Wilson is averaging a career-low 11 rushing yards per contest – but that's largely a result of the mobile quarterback not having to scramble for his life on the majority of his drop-backs. Meanwhile, his YPA is the highest of his career.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers: Here we go again. It's anyone's guess how long this latest installment of "Fitzmagic" will last, but for the moment, we do know he'll start the Week 9 road tilt against the Panthers. The veteran