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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Defensive teams
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
NEP has been fantasy fool's gold
- The Pack has been one of the better sack units in football and has averaged
2.33 sacks, 1.67 interceptions and 1.33 fumble recoveries per game.
- While Green Bay might be able to tame Atlanta in terms of points allowed,
the Falcons don't make many mistakes with the football.
The Dirty Birds have been rather clean with just 0.67 sacks allowed per game
- with no interceptions thrown or fumbles lost. Atlanta's offense ranks among
the lowest averages in those offensive categories for the whole season, as
- If your league's scoring system weighs sacks and takeaways more heavily
than yardage and points allowed, the Packers have
a good chance to disappoint.
New England Patriots at Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- The Pats are a widely owned fantasy defense but haven't done much
statistically in the last month. They've allowed 26.5 offensive points per
game while only recording 1.25 sacks, 1.25 interceptions and 0.25 fumble recoveries
per game against the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh
Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis
- Detroit has allowed just 1.75 sacks, 0.75 interceptions and 0.50
fumble recoveries per game to opposing defenses. Plus, their high-octane passing
offense should give the Pats' spotty secondary a hard time.
About Tim Heaney
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