Sometimes the might Fantasy Gods say NO. Let’s take a look at the lousy performances that may have you shaking your head in disgust.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – In a game that most expected to be an explosion of fantasy points all around, Vicks totals were an obvious disappointment. With no touchdown passes to speak of and eventually getting pulled late in the game due to a blowout is not what fantasy owners were expecting. It was a miserable day all around for Vick, but if there was one positive you can extract from the game it has to be the fact that he emerged healthy. It has to get better next week against the 0-4 New York Giants, right?
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – The Cleveland Browns possess a daunting defensive unit for sure, but with that said, many were looking for just a bit more from the Bengals signal-caller. In a terrible loss, Dalton was no less terrible, passing for 206 yards and no touchdowns. You were out-pointed by Browns backup QB Brian Hoyer, Andy.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – Yes it was a win for the Seattle Seahawks, but chances are if you started Wilson this week against the Houston Texans, it was a loss for your fantasy team. While the rushing yards prevented him from being a complete disaster, throwing for only 123 yards, no touchdowns and an interception is just unacceptable.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – FIVE interceptions?? Just can’t happen.
Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars – Can someone, anyone explain to me why the Jaguars continually trot this kid out there as their starter? Not that he is starting for any fantasy teams at the moment, but he is preventing anyone else from stepping in and possibly creating some fantasy viability. Gabbert was just miserable against the Colts this week, throwing for 179 yards and three interceptions. In most leagues he would have cost you points. Tim Tebow anyone?
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens – He admits he is not 100%, but his performance this week against the Buffalo Bills wasn’t even 20%. In hindsight, he should have taken a seat for another week in favor of RB Bernard Pierce, rather than confusing fantasy owners into a start and smacking them upside the head with five carries for 17 yards.
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals – While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are decent against the run, more was to be expected from Mendenhall, without question. In a mind-numbing performance, Mendenhall carried the ball 12 times for 21 yards on the day. Yes folks that is a robust 1.8 yard per carry average. It seems as though none of the Arizona running backs really want to step up and take the reins so far this season.
Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams – The trend of futility continues in St. Louis. Hard to believe, but Richardson posted an even worse yard per carry average with 1.3 against the San Francisco 49ers. Like the entire Rams team as of late, running back situation is a complete mess and something to be avoided at all costs.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars – He has a few things going against him. First is that poor excuse for an NFL quarterback he has on his team in QB Blaine Gabbert. Second he is always battling some sort of ailment that hinders his production. Now granted this game got out of hand in a hurry, but he is still their best offensive player, and carrying the ball 12 times for 23 yards just won’t get it done.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Run…. Stuff. Run… Stuff. See the pattern? While rookie QB Mike Glennon wasn’t miserable, he lacks the respect from opposing defenses, leaving Martin to run into a stacked pack of defenders play after play. The end result was 27 carries for 45 yards and no scores. For what was a first round selection, this is particularly distressing.
AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals – For one of the game’s best at the position and probably the anchor of almost every fantasy team he is owned on, this was a disaster of a game for sure. In a surprising loss at the hands of the Cleveland Browns, Green grabbed 7 passes for 51 yards. Tolerable production from a WR3 or a WR4, but not a player of Green’s pedigree.
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills – There will be your expected ebb and flow production from Johnson as he works with a young and inexperienced quarterback in QB EJ Manuel. But when you couple that with a hamstring injury, you’ll find yourself staring at one reception for NEGATIVE one yards. Marvelous.
Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles – Not exactly the high flying affair that most were looking for. Well at least not for Jackson or any of the other Philadelphia Eagles. Denver found a pretty effective way to take the speedy Jackson out of the game as he caught only two passes for 34 yards. Things could be looking up next weekend as the Eagles play the New York Giants, but this week was a bitter pill.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons – Four weeks in and White still has yet to put things together. Against the Patriots this past Sunday night, White managed three receptions for 28 yards. For the foreseeable future, keep White on your bench. He is a big name in fantasy coming up incredibly small. Being an injured decoy isn’t overly beneficial in fantasy circles.
Santana Holmes, New York Jets – You were warned not to trust him, folks! He rewarded you with a hamstring injury and one reception for 25 yards. There are just too many variables here, with an unpredictable offense led by a rookie quarterback, Holmes being a miscreant and now an injury.
Brandon Myers, New York Giants – Congratulations!! You scored as many fantasy points on the day as did Myers. For a solid PPR machine like Myers, this was terrible performance, on par with the Giants season this far. Given the Eagles issues on the defensive side of the ball, Myers could be in for some much needed redemption.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings - We could have expected this type performance with QB Christian Ponder, but with an upgrade at the position in QB Matt Cassel? The guy has a nose for the end zone for sure, but this week he just stunk.
Fear not, it is a long season and your fantasy fortunes can change in an instant. Just keep pressing, stay informed and DON’T PANIC.
Maybe you’ll find your players on that other list – the Studly Do-Rights next week!
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