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 9 to Week 12, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
Watch out for Ward
- Ward woke up from a fantasy nap with seven catches for 107 yards
in Week 12. He had just three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown combined
in his three games before that.
- The Ravens have allowed only 11.50 catches, 138.0 yards and 0.75
touchdowns per game to this position.
- Ward had to catch passes from Charlie Batch in his 2-14-0 Week 4
meeting with Baltimore, but with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm last season,
Ward combined for just seven catches and 94 yards in two Baltimore clashes.
Also, Roethlisberger will probably be a bit limited since he's playing through
a sprained right foot.
Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3
- Ford is making his case as the Raiders' No. 1 receiver after another
big outing - this time 4-108-1 in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins. His
big-play ability and injuries to tight end Zach miller (foot, leg) have allowed
Ford to blossom.
- However, those secondaries he faced in his two big games - the Dolphins
and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 - are weak. The Chargers? Not so much.
They've allowed just 12.67 yards, 124.7 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game
to this position. In those three games, they've contained the Houston Texans,
Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts - three much better passing attacks
- For the long term, though, Ford still makes for a decent waiver wire
gamble given his field-stretching profile, and the fact that Oakland hasn't
had much performance from other receiving options. Just don't count on Ford
to have another big game this week.
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