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 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Running backs
LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2
- Last three games for a formerly rejuvenated LT: 54.7 rushing yards, 4.33 receptions, 27.7 receiving yards and 0.67 total scores per contest, including a 3.5 yards-per-carry average. His catches, 21.67 utilizations per outing and heavy red zone use still give him value, but he has stalled.
- The Browns aren't a good bet to help him get going. They've allowed just 80.0 ground yards and 0.33 total touchdowns per game to backs. LT's receiving ability will help his stock, but it might not be enough against a Browns crew that has stopped the offenses of the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots in their last two games.
- Tomlinson missed practice Wednesday for unknown reasons. We will revisit his inclusion upon learning new information about his status.
LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
Up in smoke already?
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Though he remains the top bet for Bucs' carries, Blount came back to earth a little in Week 9, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry on 13 totes. He was stopped twice around the goal line, too.
- Carolina has been surprisingly effective in minimizing run damage. Per game, they've allowed 101.3 yards on 25.3 carries (4.0 average) and just 0.33 offensive touchdowns, along with only 3.00 receptions and 20.3 receiving yards. They've faced the San Francisco 49ers' Frank Gore, the St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson (banged up, but still in the lineup) and a cavalcade of New Orleans Saints' backs.
- Blount's red zone use and newfound majority work should keep him in most lineups, but Carolina has done enough that Blount could have another down week.
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