Staff Predictions: Top five fantasy football busts

by KFFL Staff on August 27, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT

 


Check out which players KFFL.com's managing editors feel will be key busts to avoid in your 2009 fantasy football drafts.

Tim Heaney
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Thomas Jones
RB
NYJ
Brett Favre's presence helped open things up for Jones in '08. Don't expect the same comfort in '09, especially with Shonn Greene and Leon Washington lurking
Terrell Owens
WR
BUF
TO usually waits until the 2nd season to start trouble, but a conservative offense, an uninspiring QB and Lee Evans should exacerbate Owens' declining skills
Ronnie Brown
RB
MIA
A 4-TD Wk 2 on the ground inflated his season totals. He's an inconsistent week-to-week play and resides in an offense that spreads the rock in zany ways
Jay Cutler
QB
CHI
Devin Hester and Earl Bennett will make him wish he didn't leave DEN. Greg Olsen can only do so much. Cutler's potential will be restricted
Steve Breaston
WR
ARI
Too much speculation for an Anquan Boldin departure. Breaston runs routes well, but you shouldn't take him before other No. 1 WRs in the middle rounds
Bryce McRae
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Brian Westbrook
RB
PHI
Tough to take him in the first round; fragile back is already hurt (it's the knees again); plethora of receiving options for Donovan McNabb; avoid unless he drops
Darren Sproles
RB
SD
Healthy LaDainian Tomlinson means Sproles won't make much of an impact; even if LT goes down, don't think Sproles has build, talent to handle full-time role
Kellen Winslow
TE
TB
Talented no doubt; but think the offense surrounding him is overrated; Luke McCown, Josh Freeman or Byron Leftwich at quarterback- yuck! Has shaky injury history
Derrick Mason
WR
BAL
Turned 35 years old earlier this year; age will finally catch up with him this year; sophomore slump staring Joe Flacco in the face; plays in a run-first offense; stay away
Kurt Warner
QB
ARI
Should be fine if he manages to stay healthy; for me, it's too big a risk taking him as a No. 1 QB at his current ADP (40th pick); only 3 healthy seasons in 12-year career
Cory J. Bonini
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Thomas Jones
RB
NYJ
Almost 31, a lot of mileage, was never the model of health, rookie QB, legit talent behind him - no thanks. I'm letting someone else waste a third-rounder on him
Pittsburgh Steelers
DT
PIT
Ridiculously overvalued; they are not the No. 1 defense for fantasy; last year they were 10th; Cardinals scored more fantasy points in '09; perception isn't reality
Steve Breaston
WR
ARI
Injury-prone starting QB and a terrible backup QB; drafted higher than Torry Holt, Donnie Avery, Bernard Berrian and Jerricho Cotchery, all No. 1s
Matt Forte
RB
CHI
Not worth a top-three pick; a low-end No. 1 back; more passing to WRs and TEs, more Kevin Jones and less touches means Forte is overvalued
Lance Moore
WR
NO
Moore did a lot of damage when Marques Colston was out of the lineup; Moore should be a decent fantasy option but is being drafted too early (65th overall)
Nicholas Minnix
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Terrell Owens
WR
BUF
He's 35. He has shown signs of decline. His QB is entering his second full season. Buffalo can't be good for his sunny disposition. Picture much unhappiness
Calvin Johnson
WR
DET
He might be the most talented receiver in history. That alone isn't enough. Defenses know he's coming. Detroit will have a run-heavy offense. Repeat 12 TDs? Not easy
Thomas Jones
RB
NYJ
He's coming off a career year, but he'll be 31 soon. Defenses won't respect Jets QBs nearly as much this year. Jones - smart man - is trying to cash in now
Bernard Berrian
WR
MIN
A playmaker, no doubt, but his fortunes looked better without Brett Favre there. Check what the waffler did to his receivers' stats last year with the Jets
Pierre Thomas
RB
NO
Solid player, sure. He has never been a featured back and broke down when asked to carry the load last year, though. He'll have big games (if he's healthy), but that third-round pick is tough to swallow
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