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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers
Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
Poor QB play hurting Smith
- Looks like opposing defenses are starting to pay more attention to
Boldin, who has averaged just 3.33 catches, 35.7 yards and 0.33 touchdowns
per game. Boldin saw just four targets last week, with T.J.
Houshmandzadeh seeing an expanded role.
- Boldin might have a tough time recovering in Week 12. Tampa Bay ranks
in the middle of the pack in defending wide receivers, allowing 154.3 yards
but allowing just 11.0 receptions and 0.50 touchdowns per game against the
position. Plus, Boldin will likely have Aqib Talib
covering him; Talib has flashed elite potential at times this season.
- Baltimore might want to focus on the run game against Tampa Bay's
spotty defense there.
Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- His stock has already dwindled with Carolina's QB carousel from injuries
and ineptitude. Smith has just 4.25 catches and 46.8 yards per game.
- The Browns' defense has exceeded expectations. Opposing wideouts'
averages: 9.33 catches, 106.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game. Those stats
came from the New England Patriots, New
York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Knox has led Chicago's wideout production with averages of 4.33 catches
and 64.7 yards on 7.00 targets per game. He has at least five catches in three
of his last four games.
- Philly hasn't been kind to this position: 12.33 catches allowed per
game to them, but that comes with averages of just 120.7 yards and 0.33 touchdown
- Can quarterback Jay Cutler find enough
time against Philly's blitz-heavy pass rush to find Knox - or any other receiving
target - consistently?
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