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 statistics are from Week 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
Ryan has been prone to turning over the ball since the team's Week 4 bye,
throwing five interceptions in three games after just one in the three games
prior to the week off. He also lost a fumble in Week 7. The former Boston
College standout has thrown for less than 200 yards each of the past two weeks.
No welcome Matt in N'awlins
- Over the past month, New Orleans has limited quarterbacks to 199.7 passing
yards and 0.67 touchdowns while picking off a pair of passes per game. They
have averaged 2.67 sacks per outing, as well.
- Ryan averaged 282.0 passing yards and 1.5 throwing touchdowns per game
in two matchups against the Saints in his rookie
season, but this defense is a much better unit than what he was able to pick
Alex D. Smith, San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or bench
- Despite a strong
effort in the second half last week, Smith has shown us time after time that
he can't be relied on for consistent play. His career has been marred by turnover-prone
play, and Smith is seemingly an injury waiting to happen. The Niners remain
a run-first offense, and if they weren't forced to come from behind last week,
how many times would he have passed?
- The Colts have
been stingy against the position in recent weeks, allowing only 187.0 passing
yards, 4.3 rushing yards and 0.67 total touchdowns per game to quarterbacks
in their past three games. Indy has downed enemy passers an average of 3.0
times per game, too.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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