So, last time I gave you the list of the best Fantasy Football players in the NFL this season. Well, with the best comes the worst, so let’s look at my 2008 “All-No” Team.
QB—Tom Brady—New England Patriots—7 Completions, 76 Yards Passing
This almost isn't fair due to his injury, but because of his high draft position, I had to give him this spot. He was drafted in the top 6 in every draft and then was injured in the first quarter of the first game. After his 50 touchdown season in 2007, he was expected to put up similar numbers with the same team in place. As of now, he is expected to be ready for opening week 2009, so I expect him to be drafted in the middle rounds, but that could change depending on the news of his recovery.
RB—Larry Johnson—Kansas City Chiefs—874 Yards Rushing, 5 TDs, 12 Receptions, 74 Yards, 1 FUM
He was drafted in the Top 15 on average and was the epitome of a bust. He missed 4 games and had less than 15 carries in 5 more. He only had more than 10 fantasy points 6 times, which is not what you are expecting from your first or second RB.
RB—Joseph Addai—Indianapolis Colts—544 Yards Rushing, 5 TDs, 25 Receptions, 206 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 FUM
He missed 4 games and had less than 5 carries in 2 more. The thing about Addai that you love is that he catches passes out of the backfield and that his QB is Peyton Manning. However, the Colts never got the running game going, and Addai was not effective all year. He did have 2 games of 20+ fantasy points, but you expect a lot more from your first round pick.
WR—Plaxico Burress—New York Giants—35 Receptions, 454 Yards, 4 TDs
This bust was his own fault. However, even before shooting himself in the leg, Plaxico was almost invisible in the Giants offense. He only had 10+ fantasy points in 3 games. He missed 7 games and now may be out of a job, even if he doesn't go to jail. He was drafted in the average of the 5th round and that is usually where you take your first or second WR. This is definitely not what you want from that type of fantasy player. Watch his status this offseason before planning on drafting him.
WR—Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson—Cincinnati Bengals—53 Receptions, 540 Yards, 4 TDs
Ocho Cinco missed 3 games and was almost invisible in all but 2 games. If Carson Palmer can come back healthy, and the Bengals can somehow re-sign TJ Houshmandzadeh, then look out for him next year as he is likely to fall toward the middle rounds and you may be able to steal him.
WR—Marvin Harrison—Indianapolis Colts—60 Receptions, 636 Yards, 5 TDs, 1 FUM
He had a decent year if he was a 3rd receiver somewhere, but he is Marvin Harrison on the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning at QB. This was likely his last hurrah in Indy and it was not a good one. He had only 4 games of 10+ fantasy points and 9 games of less than 5 points.
TE—Jeremy Shockey—New Orleans Saints—50 Receptions, 483 Yards, 2 FUMs
He had a fresh start with a new team and a coach who knows how to utilize him. Then he goes and gets hurt again, and misses 4 games, and does not have 1 single game with more than 8 fantasy points (unless you are playing in a PPR league).
K—Nick Folk—Dallas Cowboys—20/22 FGs, 42 XPs
A kicker can't really be labeled a bust, but for a guy who was drafted higher than he was supposed to be—11th round average in standard leagues—he was not what you wanted. He only made 20 FGs and that was due to the Dallas Offense being not as good as expected this year. He only missed 2 FGs so it's not totally his fault, but I had to list someone and he was the highest K drafted.
D/ST—Jacksonville Jaguars—29 Sacks, 13 INTs, 4 FUM RECs, 1 Safety, 3 TDs
This was a top-tier defense that completely collapsed this year. They stopped using RB Maurice Jones-Drew as a returner and that hurt them. They didn't get pressure on the QB; that led to only 13 interceptions and only 29 sacks.
So there you have it, the players that killed our fantasy seasons.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!