Fantasy football busts: QB - Week 5

by Tim Heaney on October 8, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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.

Fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
Temper your Week 5 expectations

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Ryan has shown efficiency in his second season, throwing for five touchdowns and only giving the ball to opponents on one pass.
  • In his last game against a formidable defense (New England Patriots), Ryan was held touchdownless and to just 199 passing yards.
  • San Fran doesn't let enemy signal callers - or seemingly any skills player - do much against them; they rank in the middle of the NFL pack in passing yards allowed (230.3) and near the bottom for matchup purposes in throwing scores (1.00) per game against quarterbacks. 

Tom Brady, New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Mr. Bundchen has found the end zone through the air only twice in the last three weeks (one in each of the last two) but scored on the ground in Week 4. It seems Brady hasn't recaptured his technique and rhythm after returning from his devastating '08 knee injury.
  • The Broncos' revolutionized defense has been one of the biggest stories in the NFL. They've created above-average pressure on quarterbacks and have allowed the third fewest passing yards (181.0) and are the only team to have not allowed an aerial touchdown this season.
  • This is a bit misleading, though. Besides the offensively competent Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals, they have faced the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders. The Pats will be a real test for them, even if Brady is a bit off.
  • It's hard to sit Brady, but you may want to count on him doing less for your team. His record against Denver hasn't been productive outside of a three-score performance in '03; he has only sent one target to the end zone in his other three career matchups against them combined. 

Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • First of all, Manning (heel) will probably be playing through a plantar fascia injury. He intends to go, but as gutsy as he can be, that doesn't mean he should be in your lineup.
  • If and when he steps on the field, he'll probably be handing the ball off a bunch, anyway. The Raiders rank near the bottom in terms of fantasy matchups for passing yards and passing touchdowns allowed per contest to throwers. This is probably more of a product of the Raiders' atrocious run D, which presents a top-10 in several fantasy categories.
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