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 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Big Ben may give small points
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Big Ben has topped 250 yards in each of his last four games but has only totaled three touchdown tosses. Roethlisberger tossed for three touchdowns and 257 yards in Week 6 versus Cleveland, and he threw for 417 yards and two scores against them in Week 6 of '09.
- This Browns pass D hasn't faced stiff competition lately but has been a solid pass defense for most of the year, allowing just 226.0 yards and 1.53 touchdown throws per game. In the last four weeks, including containing a capable Baltimore Ravens aerial attack, Cleveland has allowed just 156.8 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per contest.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Bench
- Cutler has thrown six touchdown passes over his last two games against vulnerable secondaries (Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets), but he has totaled just 409 aerial yards and completed just 55.1 percent of his passes in that time. He isn't exactly efficient.
- The Packers' pass D, on the other hand, has been: 193.8 passing yards, 1.50 touchdown throws allowed per game. In the three contests preceding their Week 16 games against the New York Giants, Green Bay allowed just 158.0 yards and 1.33 throwing scores.
- Cutler was sloppy in his Week 3 meeting with Green Bay: 16-for-27, 221 yards with just one touchdown and a pick. He'll be a big target for this pass rush, too, which sacked him thrice.
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