Fantasy football busts: WR - Week 10

by Tim Heaney and Bryce McRae on November 12, 2009 @ 13:47:49 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 statistics are from Week 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise noted.

Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

    Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys
    Austin could be in for a poor showing
  • Though his one catch went for a 49-yard score, Austin finally received attention befitting a No. 1 wideout in Week 9 as the Eagles used double teams against him. Austin has scored six touchdowns in his last four games, but you really couldn't expect that pace to last.
  • One can expect similar resistance from the Pack. Green Bay has allowed just 7.75 receptions for 92.5 yards and 0.75 scoring catches per game to this position.
  • Corners Charles Woodson and Al Harris will be tough on the Cowboys wideouts, and Austin should receive similar attention. Safety Atari Bigby has helped open up the playbook for the Packers' secondary, making them more aggressive.

NEW - Torry Holt, Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Holt continues to be a decent out for quarterback David Garrard; he caught four passes for 37 yards last week and has 25 utilizations in his last three games.
  • The Jets have allowed just 72.3 receiving yards per game to this position, the fewest in the league in the last month. They're also allowing just 6.67 receptions and 0.33 touchdowns to the position per game.
  • Holt will likely line up across from Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has shut down No. 1 wideouts often in his short career.
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles at San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Maclin is becoming a regular in the Eagles' plans; he has caught at least three passes in four of his last six games, including each of his last three.
  • The issue for this week: The Bolts have allowed just 9.50 receptions, 91.0 yards and 0.75 scores per game to wideouts. That 9.6 yards-per-grab average ranks as the lowest in the NFL since Week 5, meaning big-play opportunities could be contained this week.
  • They have faced the Oakland Raiders twice and the Kansas City Chiefs once already, but the Chargers have also posted respectable numbers outside of those games. Their pass rush has also shown marked improvement in their last four weeks, so they should pressure quarterback Donovan McNabb well enough to minimize downfield damage.
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