Fantasy Football Week 7: 10 Studs That Have Proven to Be Duds

Matt LeirdahlContributor IIIOctober 20, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 7: 10 Studs That Have Proven to Be Duds

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    Just like each and every season, 2011 fantasy football is full of studs and duds, surprises and injuries.

    A dud is a player who has not played up to their potential.

    A stud is a player who has exceeded expectations in their fantasy football production.

    With players like Jamaal Charles and Peyton Manning being out with season-ending injuries, things can change for other players very rapidly, and this has caused players to become both studs and duds. 

    Here are the 10 biggest duds of the season.

Michael Vick

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    Coming into the 2011 season, Michael Vick was one of the most sought-after fantasy football players, due to his ability to score through the air or on the ground. 

    While Vick has put up good numbers, they are nowhere near what they were expected to be.

    In 2010, Vick threw six interceptions through 12 games. 

    In 2011, he has already thrown eight interceptions through six games.

    He also has no rushing touchdowns this season, whereas last year he had nine. 

    He still has the legs and the arm to put up the big points, he just has not done it this year. It may be due to the fact that opposing teams have figured him out.

    Either way, Vick has not been the No. 1 draft pick that most fantasy football owners were expecting him to be. 

Brandon Lloyd

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    There have been few players more disappointing than Brandon Lloyd to fantasy football owners. 

    Brandon Lloyd showed great promise last year, scoring 11 touchdowns and amassing over 1,400 yards. 

    With Brandon Marshall out of the picture, the No. 1 receiver slot was all Lloyd's. Expectations were big.

    Then things went sour and he demanded a trade after extremely low production. He had 19 receptions and zero touchdowns for the Denver Broncos.

    Maybe with his new team, the St. Louis Rams, he can turn things around. 

Peyton Hillis

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    There is no doubt that one of the surprise players of the 2010 season was Peyton Hillis, and there was no reason to think his hot streak wouldn't last into 2011.

    It didn't.

    In 2011, Hillis has been struggling with off-the-field issues, such as sickness and contract disputes with the Cleveland Browns.

    He has only rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. Not quite where he was last season, and frankly, not where most people expected him to be. 

    If he can get his off-the-field issues taken care of, maybe he will be able to improve, but for now he has been a major dud. 

Steven Jackson

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    It has been no secret that the St. Louis Rams have not been good lately, and this season it seems to have rubbed off onto Steven Jackson. 

    Jackson has been a very big disappointment to fantasy football owners. 

    Yes, Jackson has been struggling with injury in 2011, but in the four games that he has played, he has yet to put up 100 yards. Not to mention, he only has 41 carries and eight receptions, unusually low numbers for him. 

    He has rushed for two touchdowns. 

    Maybe with the new addition of Brandon Lloyd, the offense will feel the spark and start some more scoring, but until then, Jackson will remain a dud.

Philip Rivers

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    One of the most consistent fantasy football quarterbacks of recent years has no doubt been Philip Rivers. However, this season, his play has not been up to previous levels.

    With the weapons that he has in San Diego, his performance is nothing more than disappointing for fantasy football owners.

    This season he has six touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown compared to seven interceptions and four fumbles. 

    Last season, he had 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. 

    Perhaps when Antonio Gates returns from injury his play will improve, but for now, he is not even in the top 50 percent of fantasy football quarterbacks. 

Percy Harvin

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    For being one of the most dynamic players in the league, Percy Harvin sure doesn't show it fantasy football-wise. 

    With Donovan McNabb in and Sidney Rice out, Harvin was supposed to be one of the focal points of the Minnesota Vikings offense as the top receiving target. 

    Instead, he has not been that much of a factor due to poor play out of the Vikings and Donovan McNabb. 

    He does not have any offensive touchdowns this season, and he is not getting the carries or the receptions that reflect his level of talent.

    Maybe Christian Ponder will bring something new to the table. 

Knowshon Moreno

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    Coming into 2011, Knowshon Moreno was supposed to be the Denver Broncos' starting stud running back.

    Coming off of a season with over 1,000 combined yards and eight touchdowns, Moreno was supposed to have a good year.

    After suffering a hamstring injury, that all changed. Willis McGahee is now the starter, and Moreno is now out of a job. 

    He will see some work in third down situations, but his season has turned out to be a major dud for him. 

    He only has 10 carries for 26 yards. 

    If McGahee suffers an injury, Moreno could be back in the picture. 

DeAngelo Williams

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    Coming into 2011, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams were supposed to split carries, and be very effective at it. 

    However, DeAngelo Williams has turned into a dud. He is getting minimal carries compared to his counterpart, and he is not doing much with those carries.

    He only has one touchdown this season, with 302 rushing yards. That is nowhere near where he has been in the past. 

    In the six games he played last season, he had 87 carries. This year, he has 58. These carries have been going to Jonathan Stewart and rookie quarterback Cam Newton. 

Dallas Clark

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    Over the years, one of Peyton Manning's go-to receivers has always been tight end Dallas Clark.

    This year, however, Peyton Manning is out with a neck injury and Dallas Clark is feeling the effects. He is just not connecting with Curtis Painter the way he did with Peyton Manning.

    Many fantasy football owners were banking on the fact that Manning would be back at some point in the season, and had not reason to doubt the play of Clark.

    Last season, Clark only played in six games, and in those six games, he had 37 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

    This season, he has played six games and has 20 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns. 

    Half the production of last year? Dud. 

Chris Johnson

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    Coming into the 2011 season, there were very few players who were more hyped than Chris Johnson. 

    Johnson held out for most of the preseason, and when he finally got the contract extension that he wanted, he was poised to make this season one of his best. 

    In 2010, Johnson rushed for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. In the 2009 season it was 5.6 yards per carry.

    In 2011, he has averaged 3.0 yards per carry and has only one touchdown through five games. 

    In many fantasy football leagues, Chris Johnson was drafted No. 1 overall, or he was at least one of the top three picks. 

    Unfortunately, his play has been mediocre and more like that of a fourth or fifth-round draft pick. Of all the duds, Chris Johnson may be the most surprising, and biggest too.