Thursday, December 20, 2007
TOP TEN 07' FANTASY BUSTS
I consider football fantasy draft day better then Christmas. It lasts longer, has the same amount of unpredictability, and you spend the time with people you actually enjoy being around. As you start making your picks, you envision how smart your sleepers are and how great of a season each player is going to have. About 12 weeks later, some of your "expert" ideas have turned you remorseful and angry, kinda like picking up a prostitute with a penis. How'd that one turn out, Hugh? Yes, every year has it's fantasy busts, and today we'll look at the ten biggest disappointments this year.
NUMBER #10: BEARS DEFENSE
With an average selection in the fifth round, you really ended up kicking yourself in the ass this year having the Bears Defense, which is ranked 29th this year after ending up 6th in 2006. Injuries and Adam Archuleta really screwed the Bears, letting guys like Trumaine McBride in only to get burned worse then Frank Beamer (too soon?)
NUMBER #9: CEDRIC BENSON
I was among many who were pissed after the first couple games that the Bears got rid of TJ. But after a few more games it became obvious that it didn't matter who was running behind that shitty O-line. None the less, Benson has taken his place with Curtis Enis and Rashaan Salaam as failed 1st round picks.
NUMBER #8: DREW BREES
How many times did you kick your dog after Brees' first four games? 1TD, 9 INTS. Many people bailed on him, and those who were fortunate vultures reaped the benefits as Brees went for 24 TDS to just 6 INTS thereafter.
NUMBER #7: LAURENCE MARONEY
With an average draft selection in the second round, Maroney completely screwed whoever owned him. He had one 100 yard game in week 3, then missed the next three weeks due to injury. He didn't even score his first td until week 11.
NUMBER #6: REGGIE BUSH
When Deuce McAllister went down for the year, I thought it would be a blessing in disguise..it wasn't. Bush has just straight up sucked, averaging only 48 rushing yards per game thus far, not to mention his 8 fumbles.
NUMBER #5: STEVE SMITH
In a way, Steve Smith's 2007 season has been alot like his fathead poster: stationary. Smith had 1,166 yards and 8 TDS last year, and while there's still two games left, his production has been declining since his career best of 1,563 yds and 12 TDS in 05'.
NUMBER #4: MARC BULGER
Yes, that's Marc Bulger as the love child of Bulls PbP man Tom Dore and Christopher from the Sopranos (Courtesy of Mac, Jurko and Harry). Bulger was by far and away the biggest QB blow-up, with only 7 TDS this year. But it's hard to place all the blame on him as his O-line was torn apart by injuries from day one.
NUMBER #3: RUDI JOHNSON
Pretty much the same exact story as Maroney; missed three games due to injury, never really produced although he has scored a TD in 3 of his last 4 games.
NUMBER #2: SHAUN ALEXANDER
With an 1.0 average round selection on Yahoo! Fantasy draft boards, Alexander can arguably stake a claim for the biggest overall bust. His 3 games to start the season was reassuring to owners: 105 yds, TD...70 yds, TD...100 yds. After that, the monumental drop-off set in. In the eight following games he played (missed 3 games to injury...coincidence to above rbs?) he's only compiled 337 yds and 1 TD, for an average of 42 yds rushing per game. Goodbye to your career, #37, it was a nice MVP season you once had.
NUMBER #1: LARRY JOHNSON
Drafted #2 overall in many leagues, and probably some dumb enough to take him ahead of LT (why they would I have no idea) Johnson gets the nod for biggest bust because if his draft position vs. expectations. His numbers this year (559 yds, 3 TDS) are similar to Maroney, R. Johnson and Alexander, but he has the higher status.
It's been strange year for fantasy football, and for the owners of these players, a very cruel one at that.
Posted by Dr. C at 8:51 AM