Fantasy Football: Top Five Fantasy Football Busts of 2010
They are the players we all had high hopes for at the outset of the 2010 fantasy football season. Players we all regrettably drafted high, thinking they would lead us to the promised land of a fantasy championship.
Easily failing to do so, these players not only dropped the ball hard on you and your fantasy playoff hopes, but also left you with long sleepless nights, as you had to stay up into the wee hours of the morning gracing the waiver wire looking for their replacements.
These are players who did not fail because of injury, but rather due to poor performance, or better yet, the lack of performance on the field at all.
Here now are your top five fantasy football busts of 2010.
5. Brandon Marshall
2010 Stats: 81 rec, 917 yds, 3 TDs
Average fantasy points on NFL.com (through first 10 games): 7.50 pts.
After compiling 10 touchdowns last season with the Denver Broncos, wide receiver Brandon Marshall struggled for fantasy owners in 2010.
In his first year with the Miami Dolphins, Marshall has only managed to score three touchdowns on the season, with two of them coming within the last two weeks. His first touchdown was all the way back in Week 3 against the New York Jets.
He had over 100 yards receiving just four times this season, and two of those performances have also come within the last two weeks. This is definitely not something fantasy owners were expecting from Marshall, the Dolphins' No. 1 WR.
4. Larry Fitzgerald
2010 Stats: 79 rec, 1,012 yds, 5 TDs
Average fantasy points on NFL.com (through entire season): 8.80 pts.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been anything but the Larry Fitzgerald fantasy owners have grown to love over the past few seasons.
After putting up touchdown receptions of 13, 12 and 10 over the past three years, Fitzgerald has only hooked up for five touchdowns in 2010. Yes, he has over 1,000 yards receiving for the fourth year in a row, but he was not worth the high draft pick this year like he has been the last few seasons.
It's also worth noting that Fitzgerald went over 100 yards receiving just twice this season, and one of those performances came pretty recently in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers. With no Kurt Warner heading the Cardinals offense, Fitzgerald will more than likely never fully regain his fantasy stardom.
3. Ryan Mathews
2010 Stats: 132 carries, 558 yds, 4 TDs
Average fantasy points on NFL.com (through first 8 games): 6.70 pts.
Rookies. Some of them will help you and become great pickups; others won't. Most become abandoned and left on the waiver wire for the majority of the season.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was far from a breakout rookie candidate in 2010, and was most likely one of those players imprisoned among the list of many fantasy free agents. Picked by some as the best sleeper heading into most fantasy football drafts, Mathews simply couldn't catch a break to shine and become noticed like most fans thought he would.
Fantasy owners have just one person to blame for Mathews' disappointing season: fullback Mike Tolbert. He was given the opportunity to be the go-to running back in San Diego after Mathews failed to reach expectations and missed three weeks late in the season with an ankle injury.
Tolbert would end up rushing for 735 yards on the season, scoring 11 touchdowns.
Mathews also failed to rush for 100 yards in a game in 2010, with his highest rushing total coming in Week 1 when he rushed for 78 yards. Dismal for the Chargers' first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
3. (cont.) Shonn Greene
2010 Stats: 185 carries, 766 yds, 2 TDs
Average fantasy points on NFL.com (through first 15 games): 5.90 pts.
Just like Mathews, New York Jets running back Shonn Greene also had a disappointing 2010 season.
Slated to become the Jets' no. 1 running back at the outset of the season after teammate Thomas Jones went to play for the Kansas City Chiefs, many fantasy owners predicted a breakout season by Greene was very possible.
They were wrong. The Jets would add future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson to instead split carries with Greene.
In the end, though, Tomlinson would once again become the featured back, rushing for 914 yards and six touchdowns this season. Greene, on the other hand, would only rush for 100 yards in a game once in 2010, against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.
It is also worth noting that one of his two touchdowns on the season also came last weekend against the Chicago Bears.
2. DeAngelo Williams
2010 Stats: 87 carries, 361 yds, 1 TD
Average fantasy points on NFL.com (through Week 7): 7.70 pts.
I have a New Year's resolution for everyone: at your fantasy football draft next year, STAY AWAY FROM ANY CAROLINA PANTHER!
Now I know he was injured for the second half of the season, but let's face it, DeAngelo Williams was a complete joke in 2010. ONE TOUCHDOWN? Really? This is coming from a guy who not only put up two straight seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing, but also rushed for seven touchdowns in 2009 and 17 touchdowns in 2008!
Williams failed to come anywhere near 100 yards rushing in a game this season. His highest total came against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, when rushing for 86 yards.
For fantasy owners who took Williams with their first- or second-round picks, I feel your pain. We have a saying here in Cleveland: "Hey, there's always next year."
1. Randy Moss
2010 Stats: 27 rec, 375 yds, 5 TDs
Average fantasy points on NFL.com (in last 8 games): 0.875 pts.
Well, you knew he was coming. Good ol' Randy Moss. I have absolutely no idea why it didn't click for Moss this season.
It started out just like every year; he was Tom Brady's no. 1 target in New England. Then on to Minnesota, where we all thought a Favre to Moss combo would be one for the ages. And then, Tennessee, where Moss became virtually lost, leaving fantasy owners asking the question: "Why me?" or even "Is Randy Moss alive?"
Moss had just 17 targets and 70 yards receiving in his last eight games. Judging by those stats, if you had Randy Moss on your fantasy team, this will definitely be a season you most likely want to forget. I honestly think Betty White ran more yards in last year's Super Bowl Snickers commercial.
The performance by Moss, or lack thereof, has definitely put a question mark on where or even if he will play next year. The one-time heavily talked about sports star has left fans questioning which Moss, if any, will show up on the field.