Fantasy Football: Investigating the ‘Curse of 370′
Fantasy Football: A Look At 5 Potential Busts
Total Pro Sports – There is no worse feeling during a fantasy football season than waiting for one of your top guns to finally break out. Sometimes owners will continue to start a player who is not producing much points simply because they used an early draft pick on him. That can be a dangerous move, and one that can end up costing you your season.
While my advice would be to start the players that are getting you the points you need week by week, no matter where you drafted them, your best bet is to stay away from potential busts altogether on draft day.
Here is a look at five guys who I believe may not end up being all that you think they are. Consider them the early favorites for 2009 “bust of the year”:
Steven Jackson, RB, STL : Jackson finds himself to be a high pick on many draft boards, but if you can, I would suggest staying away. He plays on a terrible Rams team that will often be playing from behind. That means limited rushing opportunities, and he hasn’t exactly been the healthiest guy either missing four games in each of the past two seasons. Also worth noting is that Jackson has only recorded over 10 touchdowns once in his five year career, back in 2006 when he had 15 total.
Matt Cassel, QB, KC : Matt Cassel was a pleasant surprise last year and a solid replacement for owners of fantasy stud Tom Brady. His 3693 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions were so impressive that he was given a big contract by the Chiefs, but things aren’t going to be as bright in Kansas City. He will no longer have Randy Moss and Wes Welker to throw to and Bill Belichick calling the plays. To make things worse, there are already talks that he may not even have the starting job secure. A couple bad games and it could be Brodie Croyle under center for the Chiefs.
Joseph Addai, RB, IND : As quickly as he rose to the ranks of a top fantasy running back, Joseph Addai has fallen back down to reality. After an impressive 2007 campaign where he gained a total of 1436 yards and 15 total touchdowns, Addai was only able to come up with 750 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2008. He also suffered through injuries and with the Colts picking up Donald Brown with their first round pick, it could be time to look past this former top fantasy running back.
Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN : He has loads of skill, but many have questioned his attitude. While that may not hold Marshall back on the field, the addition of Kyle Orton at quarterback very likely will. Marshall has been a fantasy stud at wide receiver the past two seasons, posting over 100 catches each year and over 1250 yards as well, but don’t be surprised if he becomes ‘ second favorite option behind second-year man Eddie Royal.
Antonio Bryant, TB, WR : Antonio Bryant had a breakout season last year posting 1248 receiving yards and 7 TDs, and that has increased his value in the eyes of many owners, but don’t expect a repeat in 2009. Bryant will no longer have Jeff Garcia throwing to him and it doesn’t help his cause that he will be out for the remainder of the preseason and possibily the beginnig of the regular season with a knee injury.