Fantasy Football Busts for 2008

gregory caldarellaAnalyst IAugust 4, 2008

Edgerrin James: Leaving the potent offensive attack in Indy was a big mistake for James' career. He had great overall success for the Colts but has yet to come even close to matching his old numbers since signing with the Cardinals two seasons ago. He had 13 total TDs in his last season for the Colts and has a combined 13 TDs over the last two years in the desert.

His rushing yards have declined and he is no longer a true threat in the passing game like he once was. He has seemed to lose some speed and has fallen out of grace with the coaching staff in short yardage situations. Edge is only getting older and his O-Line is nothing like what he had with Indy. Look for this season to be one of decline for Mr. James.

Fred Taylor: Fred Taylor has bee an interesting fantasy player over the last couple of seasons. He has a backfield mate that is younger and fresher than him but Fred has yet to hand over the job fully to Maurice Jones-Drew. He still produces in the yards category but he rarely scores TDs and has virtually no receiving skills.

He was a player that used to be labeled as injury prone and for good reason. It has been a miracle that he has held up over the last two seasons but I see his mileage starting to pile up and Jones-Drew getting more touches. It would only top it off if he were to go down with an injury this year, which would be unbelievable news for Jones-Drew owners. Injury or not, Taylor's career is on the downswing starting this year.

Javon Walker: The Raiders overpaid for him and you should learn from their mistake. Do not draft Walker highly, if at all. He has not been the same since his knee injuries, and his recent rumblings of retirement bring up even more red flags. Not to mention he has an unproven first year QB in JaMarcus Russell throwing him the pigskin. If you want to indulge yourself in a Raiders WR this draft, I strongly urge you to go with Ronald Curry instead of Javon. He has gotten into off-field trouble this off-season and you should be worried about him missing 23 games in the last three seasons (he's as injury prone as they come).

Dallas Clark: He saw a rise in production last year and totaled career highs in receptions and nearly doubled his TD mark. Sure, I can see him continuing his rise but I see his career year as a result of lack of other options. Peyton's main man, Marvin Harrison, virtually missed the whole season. Rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez proved to be ineffective for most of the year as he had a steep learning curve in his first full season. For an offense that doesn't really utilize the TE position to great lengths, this could be a down year for Dallas Clark.

Bernard Berrian: One of the big acquisitions by the Vikings in the off-season, but too bad they don't have a way to get this speedster the ball. Going from Rex Grossman to Tavaris Jackson seems more like a sick joke than reality for Berrian. The Vikes are a run-heavy team and they haven't had a legit fantasy WR since a player named Randy Moss left town. Unless Jackson somehow figures out how to become a QB from last season to this season, Berrian will see a dip in his numbers. At least Grossman was good for some deep balls here and there.

Derrick Mason: Mason was one of the biggest surprises in Fantasy last year. He was among the league leaders in receptions with 103 and seemed to reconnect with old pal Steve McNair. Mason will not have a repeat performance and it will be because of his age (34) and an unsettled QB battle. None of the QBs in Baltimore are believed to be a fantasy factor this year and if rookie Joe Flacco or Troy Smith get the nod then it could be more of a transitional year for an offense that has always lacked firepower. It also helped that receiving TE Todd Heap was a non-factor all year with injuries.