Fantasy football busts: WR - Week 1

by Tim Heaney on September 9, 2009 @ 23:49:49 PDT


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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.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • "Bend, but don't break:" The Titans weren't strong in preventing catches in '08, but they contained what they yielded to receivers each game by posting the eighth lowest yards-per-contest average (127.8).
  • Opposing receivers found it tough to reach the end zone against them, too, as Tennessee also recorded the second lowest average there (0.31).
  • Tennessee cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper comprise one of the strongest cover tandems in the league.

Domenik Hixon, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Weak No. 3 or flex

  • Hixon has yet to separate himself from the wideout pack despite making a brief but good impression in the final preseason game. He caught five passes for 71 yards in his one start against the 'Skins last year, though.
  • Still, Washington made it difficult for wideouts to record receptions last year (9.69 per game against them, sixth fewest in the NFL). The arrival of Albert Haynesworth at defensive tackle should put more pressure on quarterbacks, including the run-first Giants' Eli Manning. Manning would be more likely to go to Steven Smith under pressure than Hixon.
Torry Holt, Jacksonville Jaguars
Holt could have a tough Jags debut

Torry Holt, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Weak No. 3 or flex

  • The Jags like to run, and it's more likely they'll pound the ball more against the Colts' sieve-like run stoppers.
  • Opponents' run-first affinity contributed to the Colts' upper-level per-game numbers against receivers last year. They gave up the eighth fewest receptions (10.1), the second fewest receiving yards (116.1) and the fewest touchdown grabs (0.25) per contest against them in '08.

NEW - Justin Gage, Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy value: Strong No. 2

  • Fantasy managers are probably more excited about Gage this weekend because Nate Washington (hamstring) will miss time. Still, you can't count on Titans receivers this much, even if their competition is eliminated. Quarterback Kerry Collins ranked near the bottom among quarterbacks last year with 25.9 pass attempts per game, and Tennessee's running attack is the default play call.
  • Gage had a strong game against Pittsburgh last year (5-104-1), but it's hard to count on receivers doing well against the Curtain. Per game in '08, they gave up the fewest receiving yards (104.8), the seventh fewest receptions (9.88), the third fewest receiving scores (0.38) and the second fewest yards per catch (10.61) to the position.

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

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