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 1 to Week 4, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Derek Anderson has been benched in favor
of undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall,
who has completed nine of 16 passes for 85 yards with an interception in two
Fitzgerald doesn't seem 100 percent yet from his sprained knee. His 11.25
average targets have translated to just 4.75 catches for 52.0 yards and 0.50
touchdowns per game.
Fits for Fitz?
- New Orleans is allowing just 5.75 catches, 69.8 yards and 0.25 touchdowns
per game to this position this season. Fitz is Arizona's best weapon, so there
is some saving grace in his raw talent alone. New Orleans' run defense is
porous, which means we should see a commitment to the ground game by the Cards,
as long as the game is within reach.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- Floyd has averaged 7.25 targets, 3.50 receptions, 71.3 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game. His 20.4 yards-per-reception average ranks third among NFL receivers averaging at least 3.00 receptions per game.
- The Raiders, whose secondary is anchored by cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, have a strong pass defense. This is due, in part, to their terrible run D. San Diego remains committed to the pass but may be forced to exercise their will on the ground. On average, Oakland has allowed 5.75 receptions for 71.8 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game to the position.
- With Asomugha likely covering him most of the day, Floyd's best chances of posting fantasy points may be in jump-ball scenarios in the end zone.
NEW - Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- San Francisco's new offense will aim to increase Crabtree's involvement - the old system didn't help him create space much. Crabs responded well in the first game under Mike Johnson's attack with five catches for 58 yards on six targets in Week 4.
- The Iggles ceded ample points to the Green Bay Packers, a quality passing attack, in Week 1. They didn't budge against moderate or inept aerial groups - the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins - in the last three weeks. In that time, Philly has yielded just 5.00 receptions, 61.0 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts. San Fran's throwing game remains a work in progress.
- Crabs was pinched by Philly last season, gaining just 26 yards on four catches against them in Week 15. Also, this aggressive defense should give quarterback Alex D. Smith trouble, even if the Niners fall behind and have to heave the rock often. This is the type of game that emphasizes tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore even more than usual.
Santonio Holmes, New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Holmes returns from a four-game suspension and will need to shake off the rust. He doesn't have much history with quarterback Mark Sanchez, so early growing pains should be expected. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Jets' offense, too.
- Minnesota has allowed enemy receivers to average 9.00 receptions for 107.7 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game. Cornerbacks Chris Cook (knee) and Cedric Griffin (knee) should be ready to give Minnesota depth in the secondary.
- The Vikings enjoyed an extra week off to prepare for the Jets' offense.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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