Fantasy Football Week 5: 7 Players Who Were Horribly Overrated in 2011
The NFL has a significant turnover rate, and this can be largely attributed to the turnover rates among players.
Very frequently, players will have had a breakout year, only to have a quiet season shortly after. Or players that are usually dominant and excellent fantasy options are now either aging or being figured out by opponents and successfully game planned against.
Whatever the reason, these players have all failed to live up to their expectations and have caused fantasy owners across the country to tear their hair out in frustration.
For the sake of fairness, I will leave out players who have been injured (such as Peyton Manning and Arian Foster).
1. Rashard Mendenhall
Regarded by fantasy experts as a top 10 running back and top fantasy player overall, Mendenhall has been a huge disappointment so far this season.
Part of the problem may be the offensive line woes in Pittsburgh, but Mendenhall has rushed for a measly 173 yards and two touchdowns, averaging three yards a carry in the process.
This is particularly frustrating as fantasy owners with a later draft pick may have selected Mendenahall with their first pick, hoping to add his "consistency" to their team.
2. Shonn Greene
It seems as if every season is touted by analysts and fantasy gurus as Shonn Greene's breakout year just waiting to happen. A player of his incredible talent was seemingly just waiting to break out as a league-best running back and become the franchise back the New York Jets have needed.
But, another season is upon us, and Greene still disappoints.
Greene only has 157 yards off 51 carries (3.1 yards per carry). And in four games, he has only managed to score one touchdown. Perhaps, it is not his fault, but from a fantasy standpoint, those are some pretty pathetic numbers.
Not quite the breakout season fantasy owners have been hoping for.
3. Mike Williams
As a rookie, Mike Williams had a very impressive season in 2010. He caught 65 passes for nearly 1,000 yards (964) and an eye-opening 11 touchdowns. Surely, he would build upon his rookie season with a superstar season in 2011?
That's what the experts thought, and so far, they have been dead wrong.
Williams has only caught 155 yards this season and only one touchdown. The most amount of yardage he has had in a single game so far has been 66.
He has started quiet. Too quietly for owners in need of a productive and reliable wideout. And unfortunately, Williams is not one this season.
4. DeAngelo Williams
Once one of the best running backs in the NFL, DeAngelo Williams fell in expert rankings, as his age and overall lack of consistency has led many to predict he would have a down season.
But no one expected him to have one that was this bad.
Perhaps, it is the fact that the Carolina Panthers finally have a reliable quarterback in Cam Newton who is affecting the amount of carries that Williams is receiving. But 143 yards and no touchdowns in four games is pretty disappointing to say the very least.
5. Chad Ochocinco
I love Chad Ochocinco as much as the next guy. He's funny, an entertainer and was one of the best receivers in the league in his prime.
Experts lauded the Patriots' signing of Ochocinco. After all, Brady is a magician whose magical arm restores the youth to every aging great player. Look what he did with Randy Moss.
Unlike Moss, however, Ochocinco's struggles are not due to a lack of effort. He's a shell of his former self. He's not as quick, not as strong and drops more passes.
His seven catches for 113 yards and no touchdowns speak for themselves. He's done, and analysts and pundits failed to see it.
6. Chris Johnson
CJ2K turned out to be the biggest bust out of every fantasy draft nationwide.
This once fantasy monster has turned into a huge fantasy dud.
Many owners likely selected Chris Johnson first overall in their drafts, taking him over Adrian Peterson. And how does Johnson thank them? By giving them 69 carries for 199 yards for no touchdowns and averaging only 2.9 yards per carry.
Perhaps, Johnson is complacent with his contract situation now and is less driven to produce. Perhaps, defensive coordinators have now found the perfect formula to stop him. Or maybe the problem lies within the Titans system and cannot be blamed on Johnson at all.
Whatever the problem, Johnson has went from being the best fantasy running back in the NFL to a player who surely cost thousands of fantasy owners their first three fantasy games.
7. Ben Roethlisberger
Whatever is wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is clearly affecting their signal-caller.
Regarded by most as a top 10 quarterback, Roethlisberger certainly is not playing like one. He has only three touchdowns in four games and has yet to have 20 points in a game this season (with two weeks of having fewer than 10 points).
Roethlisberger currently cannot be counted on to start for a fantasy team. Perhaps, the Steelers will pick up and improve, but the offensive line has many problems. Particularly at the left tackle spot. Even if they improve, there is no guarantee Big Ben's fantasy production will as well.