Fantasy football busts of 2010? Which fantasy football players have completely crushed your fantasy football team this season? Expect the unexpected during fantasy football each season. Top draft picks become low point attainers while low or undrafted players become fantasy winners. Sometimes it’s because of injuries or maybe the player isn’t getting as many touches. Maybe off the field drama is the cause of a fantasy bust? Either way, predicting fantasy football isn’t always as easy as drafting a steady Peyton Manning type and rolling with it. The majority of times a fantasy draft can only be considered to be close in relation to the draft lottery. Sure there is potential with each and every player–but which players will stick and which will be the biggest fantasy football bust of that specific year?
Here are my top five fantasy football busts of 2010 so far.
1) Brett Favre/Minnesota Vikings Quarterback
Most people probably wouldn’t have drafted a guy like Brett Favre high. He’s old and prone to throwing many interceptions. We’ve probably all had Favre in one league or another throughout the years and weathered his completely inconsistent storm. So why should he be considered a fantasy football bust in 2010? Favre is coming off a career year in 2009 with the Vikings. According to stats on ESPN.com, Favre was second behind only Drew Brees in quarterback rating last season with a 107.2 rating. In fact, his 33 TD’s and 7 interceptions last season made those who drafted Favre in the low rounds look like a genius. 2010 has certainly brought a different year so far for Favre. He most likely moved up in Fantasy Football drafts everywhere for 2010. Now it seems as though Favre is back to the inconsistent quarterback we saw in Green Bay and even New York. This season Favre is down to 28th in the overall quarterback rating with just 2 TD passes and 6 interceptions. Favre missed most of training camp and perhaps he will rebound in quick fashion over the next few weeks. The addition of Randy Moss could certainly help his statistics and he’ll most likely put up much more decent numbers throughout the season anyway. Still, it’s hard to ignore that this 2009 phenom in fantasy football has turned into one of the biggest fantasy football busts of the young season.
2) Ryan Grant/Green Bay Packers
Grant was expected to do huge things in Green Bay this season until a knee injury knocked him out for the season. Grant was a top ten type running back-especially considering teams would allow more gaps in lieu of the Packers passing attack led by Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was 7th overall in rushing with 1253 yards according to ESPN.com. With Rodgers out, fantasy football players have found little if any solace in replacement Brandon Jackson. You can’t blame the guy for injury–but then again, if you drafted him in the first or second round you are probably scrambling to fill the void. In fact, a key injury like this could often lead to the early demise of any fantasy football team.
3) Pierre Garcon/Indianapolis Colts
Injuries have plagued Garcon a bit in 2010. After a good finish in 2009, Garcon was expected to do big things for the Colts this season. In fact, there was talk he may take over the Reggie Wayne role in Indy. That hasn’t happened at all. Instead, those who drafted Garcon early or landed the big guy in an autopick draft aren’t receiving many benefits from his play on the field. Through 4 weeks, Garcon has just 4 catches for 54 yards.
Does that scream fantasy football bust to anyone else? Peyton has instead turned to Austin Collie and the reliable Reggie Wayne(who leads the league in catches). Garcon has plenty of upside and potential left in the tank. Peyton Manning certainly seems to spread it out throughout the course of a season. Perhaps a more healthy Garcon will catch on later in 2010.
4) Chris Johnson/Tennessee Titans
So you picked Johnson with your first overall pick in the draft this year? Johnson talked about possibly rushing for 2500 yards this year. So far, his 2010 has been anything but that. Johnson is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry as the Titans struggle on the offensive side of the ball. It doesn’t help that Vince Young is also struggling as the quarterback of the Titans. Johnson has just 4 TD’s through 4 games. While he is not exactly a huge bust yet, Johnson is simply on the path to exactly that if the Titans don’t figure out a way to pass the ball down field.
Johnson is still 6th in the NFL in overall rushing–but nearly 200 yards behind league leader and fantasy football surprise Arian Foster.
5) Frank Gore/San Francisco
Does anyone else see the correlation between a slow start from Frank Gore and an 0-4 San Francisco football team? Gore has been derailed so far in 2010. In fact, so far the usually very productive fantasy football running back has just 1 touchdown and 270 overall yards. His 3.7 ypc is way off his 2009 averages of 4.9 per carry.
Gore could still get it going with a new offensive coordinator–but things certainly don’t look good for him or the 49’ers as we speak. Is Gore one of the biggest fantasy football busts of 2010 so far? Those who drafted him in the first round have received very little in the form of rewards for drafting the once steady back that high.
Those are my top five fantasy football busts so far in 2010. With the exception of Grant, any of these players could turn things around quite quickly in the fantasy football year. Johnson and Gore will no doubt rush for the 1,000 yard mark this season-but will the numbers be comparable to what we have seen in the past? Favre and Garcon still have plenty of fuel in the tank for the remainder of 2010–but will either get on track before it’s too late?