Panic is a sudden and overwhelming fear that dominates compulsive thoughts and actions. People face panic situations with amazing frequency, and it has been speculated that the feeling may be contagious. Irrational feelings can spread through a group, particularly when information is disseminated rapidly. That information, like the fear itself, spreads rapidly, and the influence of both can be widespread.
Fantasy owners, too, are not impervious to panic. From the moment a player is drafted, many a fantasy owner has second guessed months and even years of well-thought research and diligent preparation. When those lingering doubts are reinforced by widespread speculation over a player's diminished performance, something approximating a panic can follow.
All players listed below were ranked in the upper half of the top-100 when the season began and all have disappointed at various points through the season's first two months. While some have already shown signs for the better, others are making panic seem like a rational response.