Randy Moss and The 10 Most Disappointing Wide Receivers In The NFL This Season
Wide receiver is an important position in fantasy football and many owners had high expectations for receivers such as Randy Moss and Vincent Jackson.
However, these guys did not live up to the hype nor did many others.
The disappointing numbers of these receivers could have been the downfall of many fantasy teams and could have possibly cost fantasy playoff spots.
Here are the 10 most disappointing receivers from the 2010 season.
10. Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Some would not expect Sims-Walker to be on this list, but his numbers fell off dramatically from 2009.
In 2009, Sims-Walker caught 63 passes for 869 yards and seven touchdowns in a breakout season.
In the 2010 season, Sims-Walker did have the same amount of touchdowns but had 20 fewer receptions and over 300 fewer yards.
Fantasy owners counted on Sims-Walker to produce the same way he did last season but they were let down.
9. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Although the emergence of Mike Wallace has contributed to the drop in Hines Ward's numbers, it does not mean Ward owners were not disappointed this season.
Prior to the 2010 season, Ward had two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, but only caught for 755 yards this season.
Ward had 95 receptions last season and only caught 59 in 2010.
8. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
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Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker still had a productive season, but his numbers did fall off this year.
Coming off three consecutive 100-catch and 1,000-yard seasons, Welker caught 86 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.
While being productive in point per receptions (PPR) leagues, Welker owners would have loved to have gotten more out of No. 83.
The departure of Randy Moss did affect Welker this year.
7. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
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Miles Austin had a breakout season in 2009 catching 81 passes for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns.
While the injury to Tony Romo hurt Austin's value, owners were still upset with his results.
Austin caught 69 passes for just over 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns in 2010. Jon Kitna got Austin involved but not nearly as much as Romo would have.
Austin will be back to his 2009 form next season.
6. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
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Larry Fitzgerald's lack of productivity was largely due to the Cardinals quarterback situation.
However, Fitzgerald still caught 90 passes for over 1,100 yards and six touchdowns, but many considered this an "off" year for No. 11.
The drop off in numbers was not with receptions or yards, it was the seven fewer touchdowns that hurt fantasy owners this season.
Fitzgerald caught double-digit touchdowns in each of his previous three seasons.
5. Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers
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Vincent Jackson did not play much this season due to his holdout, and that is exactly why he was a huge disappointment.
Jackson was emerging as a big time receiver in the NFL only to play his first game in Week 12 of the 2010 season.
After returning, Jackson only caught 14 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in five starts.
Jackson did have a big game in Week 15 when he had over 100 yards and three touchdowns.
4. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
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Anquan Boldin was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason and was expected to have a big year.
Although Boldin did draw a lot of double teams this season, fantasy owners did not get what they were expecting out of No. 81.
Boldin is usually great in PPR leagues but only caught 64 passes this season, 20 fewer than 2009.
Boldin also failed to reach 1,000 yards for the first time in two seasons but he did have seven touchdown receptions.
3. Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals
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Chad Ochocinco was one of the most disappointing wide receivers for fantasy owners in 2010. The Bengals as a whole were disappointing this season.
The arrival of Terrell Owens contributed to the decline in Ochocinco's numbers but No. 85 was still frustrating to own.
Ochocinco had five fewer touchdowns with 200 less yards.
2. Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins
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The Dolphins trading for Brandon Marshall was one of the biggest moves this offseason.
Marshall gave the Dolphins that primary target that they have lacked in recent years however, his numbers did decline from his time with the Denver Broncos.
Marshall had 100 receptions in his previous three seasons and caught 86 this year, 15 fewer than 2009.
The real killer for fantasy owners with Marshall was the decline in touchdowns. Marshall only caught three touchdowns this season while catching 10 in 2009.
1. Randy Moss: New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans
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No. 1 on the list of most disappointing receivers from the 2010 season goes to Randy Moss.
Moss started the 2010 season with the Patriots and got traded to the Vikings after nine games only to be waived and claimed by the Titans.
With his three teams this season, Moss only caught 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns, 24.6 yards per game.
Moss set career lows in receptions and receiving yards and frustrated every owner who drafted him.
Hopefully 2011 will be a different story.