While recently-displaced Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Curtis Painter was on the radars of only the most desperate of fantasy GMs this season, if you play fantasy football, you have every reason to want to give him a swift kick in the rear.
Simply put, Painter's incompetent play has tanked the fantasy value of some of the most reliable, highest-producing starters in the game. Colts wide receivers Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon and tight ends Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme were perennial high-scorers with Peyton Manning under center.
This season with Painter (and now, potentially, with Dan Orlovsky), those once-studly players have become fantasy pariahs, practically useless as week-to-week starters without a consistent quarterback leading the Indianapolis offense.
Prior to his Week 12 benching, Painter completed just 54.3 percent of his passes, for 1,541 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions, making the Colts one of the lowest-scoring teams on the year.
The Colts clearly had no proper contingency plan in place when it became obvious that Manning wouldn't be suiting up for his longtime team this year, nor did they have any idea how to structure an offense that would play to Painter's (meager) strengths.
Therefore, four of fantasy football's biggest playmakers have been non-factors this season. There's nothing more shocking than seeing Wayne sitting on the waiver wire, knowing no one wants to pick him up. That's all on Painter, who dragged Wayne, et al., down with him.