Friday, November 10, 2006

Biggest Fantasy Disappointments Thus Far

It's amazing how different my team looks since the draft. From trading, injuries, FA pickups, and most importantly....BUSTS! There is a good amount of players taken high in fantasy drafts this season that turned out to be fantasy poison (as our friend Kyle at TFFGs would say). From Quarterbacks to Running Backs to Wide Receivers, there are a lot of big names who have yet to show up.

Quarterbacks:

  • Jake Delhomme. Delhomme was supposed to be a stud this year. Not only does he have maybe the best WR in the game (Steve Smith) but the Panthers had also acquired Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson has sure hands, and is still a threat that you have to respect. With these weapons would you really have projected Charlie Frye, Mark Brunell, and David Carr to be putting up better numbers? Not only is Delhomme not playing well, he is inconsistent. One week he will throw for 300 yards and 2 TDs, the next he will only throw for 150 yards! He is a huge bust in my opinion.
  • Daunte Culpepper. I will admit, I was the fool who drafted him to back up Delhomme on my team (I'm a little bitter with these guys, can you tell?). Culpepper had a stud in Chris Chambers and Miami was supposed to be a playoff contender this year. Culpepper is one of the most accurate passers in NFL history and has phenomenal stats, who would think he would this bad? I gave him a chance almost every week, and Culpepper failed to put up respectable numbers even against teams like the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.
  • Carson Palmer. OK, so maybe Palmer isn't as bad as these guys but look at his supporting cast: Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshyourmama, Chris Henry, Rudi Johnson. And with the numbers he put up last season, this guy was projected to be a stud! Sure there were concerns about him coming off of injury, but he shut everyone up in his first preseason game where he threw for 3 TDs. Since then he hasn't done anything (with the exception against the Steelers). He is a huge disappointment for those who drafted him early.
Running Backs
  • Edgerrin James. I don't even know where to begin with him. I noticed in the 4 leagues I'm in he was taken in the first round which makes him one of the biggest busts of the season. Edge is averaging 2.8 yards a carry, 64.5 rushing yards a game, and only has 3 TDs. It's not like he isn't getting the carries either. Against Chicago he ran the ball 36 times for 55 yards. Even against Chicago that is awful. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you Edge owners.
  • LaMont Jordan. If I could list all of the Oakland Raiders on here I would. Jordan was supposed to have a huge season. He was taken in the 1st or 2nd round in everyone's draft and with a new QB in town, things were really suppose to open up for him. Not only has he been hurt but Jordan is only rushing for 56 yards a game and only has 1 TD. Pathetic.
  • Cadillac Williams. What can you say about Caddy? After that very promising rookie season he has done nothing but make his owners tear their hair out and cry. He is also averaging 56 yards a game and has only found the endzone once. He has gone from a perfect number 2 back to a low-end 3rd RB kind of guy.
  • Shaun Alexander. Was he drafted any later then the 4th pick in every draft? And how has he repaid me..I mean his owners? By only playing in 3 games so far, with a 2.9 rushing yard average and only finding the endzone twice. Not to mention that he had 2 fumbles in those 3 games. Alexander has done nothing but eat away a roster spot for his owners, and there is no way you can drop him either. Talk about fantasy poison.
Wide Receivers
  • Chad Johnson. Ocho Cinco owners must be going nuts every week. How can he be part of such an amazing offense and still not have a single 100 yard receiving game. He is still a descent number 2 guy, but who drafted him as that. He was listed in the top 5 in my draft rankings and should have had a huge season. He still has a chance to turn things around, but has been one of the most disappointing WRs thus far.
  • Randy Moss. With Aaron Brooks in town, who can throw a great deep ball, we were supposed to be seeing retro Randy Moss. You know, the numbers he used to put up with Daunte? Moss is part of the worst offense in the NFL, and has caught 3 of his teams 4 TDs. Personally, I thought he had the potential to be a high end number 2 WR this year, but he has fallen very short of that. I don't think he would put up good numbers even if he was trying.
  • Joey Galloway. I have to admit, I didn't think he would come close to putting up the numbers he did last year, but when you think of fantasy poison he definitely enters your mind. Galloway has 3 games this season with 1 reception or less. He either goes for 100 yards and a TD or in most cases he ends up with 40 yards and no TDs. Inconsistency can kill you in fantasy football.
  • Chris Chambers. After his pro bowl season last year, and the huge upgrade at QB you would think this only meant Chambers would get better. I mean if Gus Frerotte can throw 11 TD passes to Chambers, think of what Culpepper could do. WRONG! The most receiving yards he has in a game this year is 60. He only has 4 TDs this season and has fell very short of his expectations.
I think a notable mention goes to Antonio Gates. He was pretty much drafted in the 3rd round in every league and only has 4 TDs thus far. He is the 5th ranked TE in fantasy leagues but had much higher expectations. So if you ended up drafting any of these guys, which I'm sure most of you had (I know I drafted a handful of these losers...I mean guys) my prayers are with you as the playoffs come around.

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