Fantasy football busts: WR - Week 14

by Bryce McRae on December 9, 2010 @ 17:54:00 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down fantasy football busts of the week. Some high-level players will be included, because you need to know when is time to sit a player even though it may not seem appropriate. Primarily, however, we will address the midrange to low-end fantasy options that you rack your brain over each week. Read on to learn which of these players that you wouldn't want in your lineup.

Note: All statistical averages are from Week 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers

Blair White, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • White, Austin Collie's (concussion) replacement, hasn't had the type of impact of Collie. Over the last month (three games), White has just 13 receptions for 108 yards and three scores.
  • The Titans are giving up only 10.25 receptions for 116.8 yards per game to this position. The latter is the eighth lowest average in the league in that time.

Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson
Burleson's stats came in spurts

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3

  • Burleson's main contributions over the last month came in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys when he caught seven passes for 97 yards and one score. In the other three games, Burleson managed just 10 receptions for 109 yards.
  • Green Bay is giving up just 7.67 receptions for 86.7 receiving yards per contest to wide receivers; both are the lowest averages in the league in the last month. They also haven't allowed a receiving score to opposing wideouts in that time.
  • Drew Stanton could find it tough to get the ball out against a confusing, high-pressure defense like that Packers have. He might rely more on Brandon Pettigrew or Calvin Johnson, two bigger targets.

NEW - Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3

  • Williams saw 14 targets Sunday and nabbed six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. In the three games before that, he had been targeted just 17 times.
  • The 'Skins have typically been an easy defense to pass on, but in the last month they've limited wideouts' production: 8.50, 141.5 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game to the position. All three of those touchdowns were scored by an explosive Philadelphia Eagles wideout crop in Week 10. Tampa's wideouts outside of Williams aren't as dangerous, so expect Williams to see extra coverage.
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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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