Fantasy football busts: QB - Week 1

by Tim Heaney on September 9, 2009 @ 12:06:38 PDT


Fantasy football busts - Week 1: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

In this article KFFL breaks down the 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.

Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins at New York Giants

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

  • Campbell wasn't comfortable against the Big Blue last season, completing only 58.5 percent of his throws against them despite totaling 365 yards through the air, which was compiled mainly by him throwing 65 times total.
  • Per game against quarterbacks last year, the G-men averaged the 12th fewest passing yards (213.1), tied for the seventh fewest air scores (1.06) and recorded the ninth most picks per game (1.06).
  • New York boasts one of the best pass rushes in the league and will bring defensive end Osi Umenyiora back into the fray. They brought Campbell down five times in two meetings last season without the London native.
  • The 'Skins are still trying to figure out their passing game beyond wideout Santana Moss and tight end Chris Cooley.

NEW - Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

  • The Titans unit didn't let opposing quarterbacks do much damage last year; their 0.75 passing scores per game allowed to the position tied for the second lowest average. Tennessee's upper-echelon coverage also averaged 1.25 interceptions per contest, which tied them for the sixth best rate.
  • He put up a nice statistical Week 16 against the Titans last season (25-for-39, two scores, two picks), which came while now-departed defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was on the sidelines. The Steelers may feel more comfortable in ramping up the run against Tennessee now that Haynesworth is a Washington Redskin.
  • The Titans were a top-tier team in sacking quarterbacks last year (44) and can probably still succeed without Haynesworth. The Steelers O-line is also prone to letting Big Ben resemble a rag doll.
David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars
Garrard isn't the best choice this week

NEW - David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

  • Indy's averages against opposing quarterbacks in '08: 200.9 passing yards per game (fifth lowest), 0.38 air touchdowns per game (lowest) and 0.94 interceptions (tied for 11th most). 
  • These stats reflected Garrard's performance against them last year. Despite a 329-yard performance against them, he averaged 248 passing yards per game in two Colts contests, and he only found the end zone once through the air (he also had a rushing score) while throwing a pick in each game.
  • The Jags prefer ground travel, so expect their run game to get most of the work against the Colts, who typically struggle to contain enemy backs.

Fantasy football busts - Week 1: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

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