After two weeks, a handful of superstars look like certain downgrades in Flex Spending. However, you won't see their names here. You know why? They're still superstars and they've played only all of 12.5 percent of their seasons.
There are legitimate reasons to worry about Darren McFadden, Jamaal Charles, Wes Welker and Larry Fitzgerald. Oakland's offensive line has been terrible this year, and no running back in the history of the game has had any success without the five guys in front of him doing their jobs. Charles has also suffered behind an underachieving line, but the Chiefs being blown out in their first two games have exacerbated his struggles. Kansas City has been forced to throw the ball all over the place in the second half, and that has resulted in fewer carries for Charles.
Turning our attention to the receivers, Welker has surprisingly seen his role in New England's offense diminish in the first two weeks. Julian Edelman even started ahead of him last week. The song remains the same for Fitzgerald, who again is playing the Russell Hammond to Kevin Kolb's rendition of everyone else in Stillwater. Fitz can't play all that he can play because of the lack of talent around him.
Despite their struggles, I'm not downgrading McFadden, Charles or Welker a bit, and only sliding Fitzgerald down a couple spots for the rest of the season. McFadden and Charles are just too good not to get theirs, and their teams will continue to build their offenses around their talented backs. Both should get back on track this week. Bill Belichick is a master of adjustments, and a little dose of Welker is just what the Patriots ailing offense needs, especially with Aaron Hernandez on the shelf. If anyone in your leagues has lost faith in these guys, now is the time to pounce.
Let's get to the changes.
1. Arian Foster at DEN