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One of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football this season has been Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe, who recently signed a five-year deal worth $56 million, was supposed to break out this season and put up big numbers for this revamped Chiefs offense.
But five weeks into the season, outside of his touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, Bowe has been a disaster for fantasy owners.
To put into perspective how bad he's been, guys like Austin Pettis, Doug Baldwin, Ted Ginn, Robert Woods and Leonard Hankerson have all scored more points than Bowe this season.
To make things even worse, Bowe has a tough Week 5 matchup against the Tennessee Titans and their talented cornerbacks, Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty.
When you think of dominant cornerbacks in this league, names like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and Joe Haden come to mind. But did you know, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), that Verner has graded out as the top cornerback in the NFL?
Out of the 23 passes that have been thrown in his direction, only eight have been completed against Verner. That, my friends, is the definition of a shutdown cornerback.
On the other side of the field, things don't get much better for Bowe. Jason McCourty has been fantastic as well so far this season, grading out as the ninth-best cornerback in football.
With a quarterback in Alex Smith who won't drive the football downfield—Smith is averaging just 6.5 yards per pass attempt—and his upcoming matchup with Verner and McCourty, fantasy owners would be wise to avoid starting Bowe this week.