Fantasy Football: Big Names Equals Big Letdown When They Underperform

Jon RiceContributor IOctober 11, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26: Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Jets won 31-23. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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     Yes, I get it that some fantasy owners out there pride themselves on getting the sleepers. As for some of us who want championships, we draft the big names like Peyton Manning,Drew Brees,Aaron Rodgers,DeAngelo Williams,Adrian Peterson,Randy Moss,Andre Johnson,Antonio Gates,Reggie Wayne and Larry Fitzgerald just to name a few. As we are going into week 6 there have been some BIG NAMES that just have not produced.

       First off, DeAngelo Williams, if you are in performance league than his yards have got you mediocre points and mediocre is a stretch. If you're in a plain Jane scoring system where TD's matter most(just like in real football) than Williams hasn't mounted to a hill of beans!! The same can be said for Marion Barber,Felix Jones took the torch from Marion Barber in week 5 and now Jones will see a 85% of the carries in Dallas.

      Through 6 weeks Brandon Marshall has lacked fantasy production, Miami's obsession with the wildcat and defense's keying in on Marshall have dropped him to a bye week filler or a desperation #2, I would feel more comfortable with Jeremy Maclin or Santana Moss at this point.

      As much as I hate to do this, because it's really not his fault that Arizona wouldn't find him a QB, Larry Fitzgerald has to go on this list. Although his numbers aren't bad considering he's been trying to catch passes from Derek Anderson and Max Hall, but in a TD league he's done nothing.

      Other notables include, Pierre Thomas, Randy Moss, Brandon Jacobs, Tony Gonzalez, Maurice Jones-Drew,(he just ain't putting up Mo-Jo numbers)all Saints receivers with the exception of the monster week Lance Moore had.Now, I do realize that some of these players have injuries, but at the end of the day they're not putting points on the board and they're those big names that we all live and die for. Hopefully, things will look up from here and the fantasy gods will shine upon you. Until next time, choose your starters wisely.