By Derek of The Sportmeisters
With the 2009 NFL Fantasy Season over and the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to announce my picks for the 2009 Fantasy All-No Team. The deciding factor was which player was the worst bust at each position based on a standard fantasy lineup, 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST.
Here are this year’s choices for my All-No Fantasy Team.
QB—Trent Edwards — Buffalo Bills — 1169 yards Passing, 6 TD, 7 INT, 1 FUM
Edwards was a sleeper pick this year with the arrival of Terrell Owens, but turned out to be a complete bust. He led the team to a 1-4 start, throwing just five touchdowns and five interceptions. Then he got hurt in week six (after he threw another interception) and missed two games.
He returned to yet another one touchdown, one interception loss in week 10, and then was pulled for Ryan Fitzpatrick and didn’t start another game. He had his best fantasy weeks in the first two weeks, going over 15 points, but after that he was completely fantasy irrelevant.
Welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Trent Edwards.
RB — Clinton Portis — Washington Redskins — 494 yards rushing, 1 TD, 1 FUM (1 Lost), 9 receptions, 57 yards, 1 TD
The entire Washington Redskins team should be on this list, but for fantasy purposes we will stick with individual players who underperformed, such as Portis. He was drafted in the first three or four rounds in most drafts and whoever drafted him was really regretting that choice when he went down with a season ending injury in week nine.
He played in eight games, but went over 10 points just once, and that was the game that he scored his only two touchdowns of the season. He topped 100 yards just once and, as I said earlier, scored just two touchdowns.
The end may be near for his career, but for now, welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Clinton Portis.
RB — Steve Slaton — Houston Texans — 437 yards rushing, 3 TD, 7 FUM (5 Lost), 44 receptions, 417 yards, 4 TD
For someone who was drafted in the first two or three rounds, Slaton didn’t perform like a top tier running back. While he did score seven touchdowns, he only had 437 yards rushing in the 11 games he played in before his season ending injury. One main reason for that was because he couldn’t hold on to the ball.
He was pulled from his starting job in week eight after his seventh fumble. He received just 22 carries in the four games after that (including the week eight game) and scored just two touchdowns in those four games. He sort of made up for his lack of rushing yards with his 44 receptions for 417 yards and he did score over 10 points five times, but that isn’t what you expect from a top three round draft pick.
Welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Steve Slaton.
WR — Eddie Royal — Denver Broncos — 37 receptions, 345 yards, 0 TD, 1 FUM, 2 Return TD
After a breakout rookie year, Royal was expected to shine in the Wes Welker role in Josh McDaniels’ new offense. However, that didn’t really pan out. Royal had just 37 receptions on the year and didn’t score a single touchdown. Wait, scratch that, he scored two touchdowns, a kick, and punt return touchdown in week six, his only week over 10 fantasy points, in which he didn’t even record a single catch in that game.
Now, he did miss the final two games of the season, but I don’t really think it would have made much a difference as he was completely invisible in the offense the three games before.
Unfortunately, Mr. Eddie Royal, you fully deserve to be on the All-No Team.
WR — Dwayne Bowe — Kansas City Chiefs — 47 receptions, 589 yards, 4 TD, 1 FUM
Much like his million dollar bust of a QB, Bowe didn’t have much of a good fantasy season either. He missed one game due to injury and four more due to suspension and had just 47 receptions and four touchdowns in 11 games. He was drafted as a top tier wide receiver, but didn’t produce like one, going over 10 fantasy points just four times. He also only had one 100 yard game.
Welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Dwayne Bowe.
WR — Roy Williams — Dallas Cowboys — 38 receptions, 596 yards, 7 TD, 1 FUM (1 Lost)
Wasn’t Williams supposed to be the go-to guy in Dallas this year? That’s what I and everyone else thought this preseason. However, that didn’t turn out to be the case as he was surpassed by Miles Austin.
He had 36 receptions last year between Detroit and Dallas, which most though was due to the change of offense, but he had just 38 this year. He missed the week five game due to injury and was held without a catch in two other games. He did score seven touchdowns, but that is hardly what we expected from a guy that was drafted in the first six rounds.
Welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Roy Williams.
TE — Chris Cooley — Washington Redskins — 29 receptions, 332 yards, 2 TD, 1 FUM
As I said earlier, the entire Washington Redskins team deserves to be on this list, but I will stick to individual players. Cooley started out strong, with 22 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the first four games, but then was held without a catch in week five and had just seven catches for 78 yards in the next two games before getting injured and losing out on the rest of the year.
We expected Cooley to bounce back from a poor 2008 season and he may have done so, but due to his injury and where he was drafted, I have no choice but to say Welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Chris Cooley.
K — Jason Elam — Atlanta Falcons — 32 Extra Points, 12/19 FG
It’s really hard for a kicker to be a bust, but Elam was just that this year. The Falcons were expected to score much more and Elam kicked just 32 Extra Points and 19 Field Goals, missing seven of them, before getting released in week 13.
Welcome to the All-No Team Mr. Jason Elam.
D/ST — New York Giants — 32 sacks, 13 INT, 20 Forced FUM, 11 FUM REC, 3 TD, 1 Return TD
The Giants Defense/Special Teams unit was a complete mess this year. They had 42 sacks and 17 interceptions in 2008, but fell to 32 and 13 this year. Plus, they allowed over 500 more yards and 8.3 more points per game in 2009. They were a top tier defense last year, but not this year. For where they were drafted, that is considered a bust.
Welcome to the All-No Team The New York Giants Defense/Special Teams.
There is my All-No Team for 2009. I think most will agree with my choices, but if you don’t, feel free to email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com to discuss.