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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers
Deion Branch, New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2
- Through rain, sleet or snow.... Branch defied the elements last week to grab eight passes on 10 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown. He has hit paydirt four times in the last three games. He has been targeted at least eight times in four of his last five games.
- The Packers' secondary has been one of the toughest fantasy matchups, giving up just 6.75 catches and 84.3 yards to the position. They haven't allowed wide receivers to score, either. Quarterback Tom Brady will probably face greater pressure this week from one of the better sack teams.
Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
Branch out and look at other options
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Breaston, who has caught either two or three passes in each of his last three contests, was targeted eight times in Week 14, John Skelton's first NFL start.
- Digging deep for wideout help this week? Skelton showed flashes but is still a rookie, and Breaston is going against one of the best pass defenses in the league. Carolina has allowed just 11.75 receptions, 151.3 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game to the position.
NEW - Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Many figured Alex Smith's return under center in Week 14 would help Crabtree, but the sophomore was targeted just five times and mustered a one-yard reception. In the three games before that, he hadn't caught more than three passes in a game. He has scored just once in the last month. Plus, tight end Vernon Davis is probably the biggest beneficiary anyway.
- It won't get any better for Crabs Thursday night. Though they've allowed 0.75 touchdowns per game to this position, the Chargers have shut down wideouts otherwise with yielded averages of 9.25 catches and 90.0 yards.
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