Fantasy Football Week 8: Big-Name Busts You Must Avoid This Week

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 8: Big-Name Busts You Must Avoid This Week

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    Fantasy football's Week 8, like most weeks in the NFL, has it's fair share of busts seeing action once again. 

    You know who I'm talking about: the players you used a precious draft pick on hoping they would produce points like they had in the past or would fulfill some of their vast potential. But now, with seven weeks in the books, you find yourself wondering what you were thinking when you decided to draft them. 

    These 20 players are some of the biggest disappointments in the NFL in 2010. We're breaking down why they were busts, whether or not they'll stay a bust, and what you should try to do with them this week. 

20. Chad Henne, QB, Miami Dolphins

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    Why He's Been a Bust: Henne was drafted as a potential starting quarterback in most leagues heading into 2010, as teams hoped his potential would pay big dividends for them. However, through seven weeks, he's barely been serviceable as a backup quarterback, much less a starter, as turnovers and poor play have seen many owners benching him indefinitely.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. The Dolphins lack weapons in the passing game outside of Brandon Marshall, and Henne's shown a nasty habit of throwing interceptions that can kill your team on a weekly basis. He can give you a good week here or there, but for the rest of this season Henne will be seen as a bust.

    What You Should Do With Him: Stash him on your bench and use a more consistently productive player. If you can find a trade partner who's willing to take him, make the trade. 

19. Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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    Why He's Been a Bust: Wells was highly touted by the Cardinals coming out of training camp and saw his draft stock soar in many leagues. But 22 points in four games since returning from a season-opening injury is nowhere near what most owners had in mind this season. 

    Will He Stay a Bust: Hard to say. Wells scored his first touchdown of 2010 last week and he's getting the lion's share of touches in Arizona. But he has yet to show he's capable of doing anything with the ball when he gets it. 

    What You Should Do With Him: Plug him into your RB2 or flex spot for a couple of weeks and see what he can do, but be ready to pull the plug if things don't improve quickly. You could get away with cutting him but you might be better off stashing him on your bench until things get better.

18. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Bryant was one of the most highly-touted rookies in the NFL this season. Many saw him as capable of taking Roy Williams' job in Dallas before the halfway point in the season, and took him on upside, rather than results. Instead, Bryant has yet to break into the offense on a regular basis and has been maddeningly inconsistent this season.

    Will He Stay a Bust: For 2010, yes. Bryant is a rookie, and he's still learning Dallas' system. With Tony Romo shelved until Week 14 at the earliest, don't expect much growth out of the talented youngster this season.

    What You Should Do With Him: He's still too talented to drop outright, but he's not getting enough touches to make an impact. Try to trade him or stash him on your bench. 

17. Brett Favre, QB Minnesota Vikings

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Favre had a stellar 2009-2010 campaign and many owners thought he was capable of doing it again this season. But injuries and glaring mistakes have turned the future Hall of Famer into one of fantasy football's biggest busts.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. Favre is banged up and could get benched this week if his ankle fractures prevent him from taking the field. Even if he plays, his injuries have sapped the zip from his famed frozen ropes and he's throwing picks left and right.

    What You Should Do With Him: At this stage of the game, you could probably get away with cutting Favre. Odds are good he won't produce much from this point forward, so losing him wouldn't be devastating. 

16. Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Brown has been a solid, reliable fantasy contributor most of his career. But in 2010, his production has taken a nosedive, and he's been unable to find the end zone. 

    Will He Stay a Bust: Hard to say. Brown's value has been weakening each week; if he can't pull it together soon, he might be a wash in 2010.

    What You Should Do With Him: Stash him on your bench, and hope this slump passes soon. He could break out against the Bengals this week. But the future isn't looking good, with Baltimore and Tennessee on the horizon. 

15. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Minnesota Vikings

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Randy Moss. Shiancoe wasn't doing much before the wideout's arrival, but since the Vikings made the trade to bring Moss back, the tight end's role has diminished beyond fantasy relevance.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Possibly. Favre has stopped looking for Shiancoe in the flat as much, but perhaps if Tarvaris Jackson starts this week, Visanthe's stats will rebound.

    What You Should Do With Him: Bench him, or try to trade him to get some value out of him while he still has some. 

14. Jacoby Jones, WR, Houston Texans

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Jones was seen as a potential breakout star this season—a guy with the receiving chops to start alongside Andre Johnson in Houston. But so far, the speedy wideout has done nothing of note in 2010, causing owners no end of strife. 

    Will He Stay a Bust: It looks more likely with each passing week. Jones has been less and less of a factor in the Texans' offense every week, and with Andre Johnson healthy, there might not be enough passes to go around in Houston. 

    What You Should Do With Him: Jones has the potential for big games, but he's too erratic to trust anywhere but on your bench. Sit him, until he figures out how to make an impact on a consistent basis.  

13. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Colston lived up to his reputation as a first-half dud, failing to register a single big game through the first six weeks of 2010. 

    Will He Stay a Bust: Probably not. Colston was the lone Saint to have a strong game against the Browns last week, and he could finally be getting in rhythm.

    What You Should Do With Him: You could start Colston now and see if perhaps last week was no fluke. 

12. Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Daniels was slow to re-adapt to the Texans offense after blowing out his knee last season. And he's scored just 15 points on the year.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Doubtful. Daniels actually looked to be part of the offense for the first time all season in Week 7 and it could be a sign that the tough times are over.

    What You Should Do With Him: Keep him on your bench another week, but if he can produce again this week, it could be time to give him a run. 

11. John Carlson, TE, Seattle Seahawks

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: It's hard to make plays when no one will throw the ball to you.

    Will He Stay a Bust: As long as zombie Matt Hasselbeck is his quarterback, then yes. Carlson's 2010 is looking like a wash.

    What You Should Do With Him: Cut him loose. He's probably not going to do much the rest of the season and there are more productive options available. 

10. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Jackson was supposed to take off as the unquestioned starter in Buffalo once Marshawn Lynch was traded. But he's sputtered terribly in 2010 and has largely failed to make much of an impact this year.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. Jackson hasn't looked great and the offensive line in Buffalo is a mess. It is terrible blocking for run plays.

    What You Should Do With Him: Bench him for now, but don't be afraid to cut bait and move on if his struggles continue. 

9. Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Mathews was a sensation during the preseason and, with no one to challenge his top-back status in San Diego, saw his draft position soar into the early rounds in many leagues. But his carries and effectiveness have dwindled and he's scoring 4.6 points per game right now.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Hard to say. If the Chargers start giving Mathews carries, he might break out of this funk. But for now, signs are pointing towards yes.

    What You Should Do With Him: You could almost cut him at this point, given his lack of scoring in recent weeks. But benching would be the safer choice, in case he rebounds. 

8. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Spiller was one of the most-hyped rookies in the NFL this season. But he hasn't gotten many carries, hasn't made much impact in the return game and has become irrelevant to most fantasy owners.

    Will He Stay a Bust: For 2010, yes. Spiller's not getting carries and his return game isn't enough of a sure thing to get him out of bustsville. 

    What You Should Do With Him: Cut him loose. Spiller's got no value right now and it's not looking like it's going to improve any time soon. 

7. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Smith has been plagued by injuries and poor quarterback play in 2010 and his stats have taken a complete nosedive. He's not looking pleased in Carolina and even when healthy, he wasn't producing great numbers.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. Until Carolina solves its quarterback issues and Smith gets some help in the receiving corps, he will stay a bust. 

    What You Should Do With Him: Bench him. Smith's too talented to cut loose but nobody would want him in a trade.

6. Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Don't worry, I'm going to spare you the 'Cadillac is really a Pinto Wagon' jokes; just suffice it to say that Williams has struggled to make it past the line of scrimmage on most of his carries in 2010.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. He's not running with explosiveness anymore and with LaGarrette Blount making a big impact last week, expect Williams' carries to start drying up.

    What You Should Do With Him: If you haven't done it yet, now's the time to cut the Caddy loose. 

5. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Crabtree was supposed to be the breakout wide receiver of 2010. Instead, it took him four weeks to get involved in the offense and now his quarterback is hurt.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Until Alex Smith returns, yes. Backup quarterback David Carr isn't going to be looking long very often and Crabtree does most of his damage downfield.

    What You Should Do With Him: Bench him. Once Smith returns, so will Michael's fantasy value. 

4. Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Greene was a consensus second-or third-round pick in most leagues, but the second-year back has failed to live up to expectations at all. He lost the starting job to LaDainian Tomlinson and has seen his carries dwindle as LT has seen his career revitalized. 

    Will He Stay a Bust: For 2010, yes. Greene's not getting enough carries to make an impact, and he's just not running very well right now.

    What You Should Do With Him: Bench him or cut him loose. Waiving him is risky, because Tomlinson hasn't been the healthiest player in his career, so the bench might be the best option for Greene's owners. 

3. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Deep down we all knew it wouldn't last. Sims-Walker was a WR2 trapped in a system where he had to be a top wideout. But that hasn't made it any easier for his owners in 2010, who've had to suffer through some positively brutal no-shows and struggles throughout the year.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. Do not trust Mike Sims-Walker, especially if Todd Bouman is still the quarterback this week.

    What You Should Do With Him: Cut him loose. Let someone else fret over his two catches for 30 yards each week. 

2. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Williams was taken in the second round of most drafts, but the back has yet to deliver anything close to second-round level production in 2010. He has yet to break 90 yards and has just one touchdown on the year. 

    Will He Stay a Bust: Yes. Williams isn't running well, and for whatever reason, he and backup Jonathan Stewart have seen their carry totals dip, despite the lack of a passing game.

    What You Should Do With Him: Bench him. We're almost to the point where you could get away with cutting DeAngelo, but we're not there yet. 

1. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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    Why He’s Been a Bust: Fitz has gone from the penthouse (Kurt Warner throwing him the ball on deep routes, Anquan Boldin drawing defenders off of him, big numbers) to the outhouse (Derek Anderson and Max Hall throwing 10 yards over him, five yards short of him or straight to his defender, no other receiver to take the heat off). He's struggling mightily to make any semblance of a consistent impact in 2010.

    Will He Stay a Bust: Probably. Fitzgerald will have big games here and there, but won't come close to matching his production from recent seasons. 

    What You Should Do With Him: Because of the big game potential, you have to play Fitz every week, bad matchup or no bad matchup. But know he's not going to give you much return on your high pick investment this year. Until Arizona fixes it's quarterback situation, he just won't be the same player you know and love.