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August 27, 2013 posted by Dan Stack

Fantasy Football 2013: Five Busts to stay away from

Fantasy Football 2013: Five Busts to stay away from
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We all hate busts in fantasy football.

However, bust is such a subjective term and everyone has their own definition. The five players listed here are players I’m staying clear of this season. The reason is different for each potential bust. Some players are aging, some have ended up in less-than-ideal situations and some perhaps are being overrated.

Here then, are the players you should avoid in your drafts.

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Rashard Mendenhall: Arizona Cardinals

While a move from Pittsburgh and out of Mike Tomlin’s doghouse could help revitalize his career, Mendenhall is just too broken down at this point to trust.

Mendenhall has not played a full season since 2010. Last year, Mendenhall only played in 6 games and was hardly impressive in the games he did play, rushing for 182 yards (a pathetic 3.6 YPC clip) with zero rushing scores.

Remember, the Cardinals’ offensive line is nothing to write home about, they’re brutal actually, and with the team having younger running back options in Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, Mendenhall is no sure bet to last as the Cardinals’ primary back.

Hence, he has all the warning signs of a bust.

Greg Jennings: Minnesota Vikings

Talk about a downgrade.

Jennings recently said he was “brainwashed” while playing in Green Bay. I guess brainwashed means conditioned to winning. While he got his payday in Minnesota, going from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Ponder as your quarterback will certainly see your draft stock plummet.

Jennings was one of many weapons Green Bay had in the passing game, but in Minnesota, Jennings will see more coverage roll his way and he simply doesn’t have the play-making ability anymore to make a major impact in fantasy circles.

He’s nothing better than a low-end No.3 wide receiver.


Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers,

Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers,

Frank Gore: San Francisco 49ers

While Gore has played 16 games in back-to-back years, thinking he can make it three years would be quite a stretch.

Gore is on the wrong side of 30 and with his previous workload (remember, he played in three extra games last year as  a result of the 49ers run to the Super Bowl) combined with the fact that San Francisco has other capable runners in his stead (Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James), Gore should not be trusted to carry fantasy squads.

49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh will likely want to keep Gore as fresh as possible this year and lessen his load.

If you target Gore on draft day, do so with the intention of making him a No. 3 running back or flex option.

Ben Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh Steelers

Considering that Roethlisberger hasn’t played a full season since 2008 should be all the red flags you need know to avoid him in drafts this summer.

That’s not the only reason to avoid “Big Ben” these days, though. In the offseason, Roethlisberger lost his No. 1 weapon in Mike Wallace (who signed with the Dolphins). His tight end Heath Miller should also be out a good amount of time as well.

Pile all that up with the Steelers also down Le’Veon Bell in the running game at the moment, and Roethlisberger may have a hard time putting up quality fantasy numbers this year.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Cincinnati Bengals

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

The “Law Firm” simply doesn’t look like he fits in with the Bengals.

With the team boasting a youthful core (with Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Eifert all with less than three years of experience), Green-Ellis plodding ways don’t jive with what the Bengals want to. With Cincinnati using a second-round pick on Giovani Bernard, they’ll want to showcase his athleticism and electric-playmaking abilities.

Green-Ellis is currently still tops on the Bengals’ depth chart, but sooner rather than later, he’ll be phased out. At best, Green-Ellis is a flex option, as he could be the Bengals’ preferred choice to run the ball at the goal line.

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My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at,,, and I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.

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