Fantasy football busts: WR - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 30, 2010 @ 12:18:00 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 statistical averages are from Week 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Inconsistent production

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Crabs caught six throws for 122 yards and a touchdown in Week 16, most of which came on a 60-yard touchdown pass that may or may not have been intended for tight end Vernon Davis. It was Crabtree's first game with more than 48 receiving yards since Week 10.
  • He caught just two passes for 48 yards but hit the end zone in Week 12 versus Arizona and had a respectable 5-67-1 showing against them in Week 14 last season.
  • However, the facts that Crabtree hasn't done much recently besides that big fluky play and that Alex Smith remains inconsistent should temper your excitement over the sophomore wideout. Plus, the Cards have allowed just 10.33 catches, 117.3 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to enemy wideouts.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • In his last five games, Ward has mixed in two 100-yard, seven-plus-reception games with three contests with 38 or fewer receiving yards. He isn't a consistent part of this passing offense anymore.
  • While Ward has a solid 5-54-1 showing in Week 6 against them and totaled 180 yards and one score on 12 catches against them last year, Cleveland has been on lockdown versus wideouts recently. The position has averaged, per game, 8.67 catches, 107.7 yards and 0.33 touchdowns against the Browns.

NEW - Braylon Edwards, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Edwards has been targeted 19 times over the last two weeks, catching 14 passes for 178 yards. He was non-existent for the previous three weeks but found himself back in Mark Sanchez's good graces in two comeback efforts.
  • The Bills aren't as great a matchup for opposing quarterbacks as many would believe. Most teams run rampant against them - consider the Jets likely to do so. Also, Mark Sanchez (shoulder) might be limited or sidelined, so the passing game will probably suffer as a whole, especially with Edwards' game, which usually takes him on deep routes that may test the arm of a 40-year-old Mark Brunell.
  • Granted, the Bills have faced some weak passing games (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins) and given up points to better aerial attacks (Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots), but we can put the erratic Jets fleet somewhere in the middle. Buffalo has allowed, on average, 7.50 catches, 85.5 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game to wideouts.
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