Fantasy football busts: DT - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 16, 2010 @ 11:38:00 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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football busts: Defensive teams

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Philly has recorded just 1.75 sacks per game, but their fantasy value has been saved by their 1.50 picks and 0.75 fumble recoveries per outing. Their problem lies in their Week 11 meeting with the Giants: They didn't bring down quarterback Eli Manning, but they recovered two fumbles - one from a non-sliding Manning - and picked off three passes, with some help from tipped passes, which have plagued Manning's receivers all year.
  • In the three weeks following that interception debacle, the Giants have given up 0.33 sacks and 1.00 picks per game. Though they've faced the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings in that time, their improved run game and the return of wideout Hakeem Nicks should keep their ball control in check this week.

Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay Packers
Brady = no turnovers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Green Bay has averaged 2.25 sacks, 1.00 interceptions and 0.25 fumble recoveries per game. They've ranked in the top five for sack artists for the duration of 2010.
  • Tom Brady has been sacked 2.00 times per game, but the Pats have not given up an interception or lost fumble in the last month. Their offense is rolling. Any defense facing New England these days is a fantasy risk. The potential loss of defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (calf) for the season weakens Green Bay's pass rush.
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