Fantasy Football: A Per-Plaxing Situation

Dan BentonCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2008

With the playoffs beginning in some leagues this week, and around the corner for other leagues, the Plaxico Burress situation has become a major issue for fantasy owners. 

Some owners have found themselves losing games or winning by the skin of their teeth because he's been in so much trouble this season. But the latest situation is one that stretches farther than this season, so let's recap what he's done already this year before moving on to the fantasy impact it has.

  • Oct. 5: Burress was fined $117.5K and suspended for the Seahawks game for missing team meetings due to "family issues."
  • Oct. 24: fined $45K for three violations and penalties against the 49ers, including verbally abusing an official during the game, making "inappropriate" comments about officiating after the game, and $5K for throwing a football into the stands.
  • Oct. 26: He was held out of the first quarter of the Giants' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing treatments on a neck injury.
  • Nov. 28: Accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub.
  • Dec. 1: Surrendered to authorities and charged in Manhattan courts on two counts of felony possession of a weapon in the second degree

And that's just since the season started. Before the season started, Burress showed up at a three-day mini-camp in July but refused to participate to show his disgruntlement at the way his contract re-negotiation was going.

He may have made a fantastic catch to help the Giants win the Super Bowl last season, but he's been nothing but a distraction to the team since then.

Aside from being a distraction to the Giants, he's been a huge disappointment to his fantasy owners.  In the first game of the season, Plaxico caught 10 passes for 133 yards, but failed to reach the end zone.

Since then, he's had just 25 catches for 321 yards and four touchdowns. Not fantastic stats for a guy who had 70 receptions for 1025 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Again, a huge disappointment to his fantasy owners.

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