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 statistics are from Week 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football busts: Defensive teams
NEW - Pittsburgh Steelers vs.
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- The Steelers are averaging 2.67 sacks and 2.00
interceptions per game over the last month. They're also holding the opposition
to just 7.7 offensive points per game, the fewest in the league in that time.
- Bengals quarterback Carson
Palmer has thrown seven INTs this year, but he didn't throw any in his
last two games, against the Chicago Bears and the
Baltimore Ravens. He has also been sacked just twice
in the last three games.
- Pittsburgh could keep the Cincinnati O from putting many points on the scoreboard,
but they could struggle to record any sacks or interceptions, the key fantasy
stats. It also hurts Pittsburgh that the Bengals
have been so reliant on running back Cedric Benson,
giving him the ball 30 times or more in three of the last four games.
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas
Fantasy value: Bench
- Despite registering 1.25 interceptions and 0.75 fumble recoveries per game,
the Packers have sacked quarterbacks just 2.00
times per outing. Their pass rush hasn't been up to par, with their use of
linebacker Aaron Kampman (concussion) coming
into question. Kampman might be out this week because of a concussion, too.
- Dallas, especially quarterback Tony Romo,
has drastically cut down on turnovers. They've let opponents register 2.67
sacks per game, but the Cowboys have allowed just
0.33 interceptions and lost 0.67 fumbles per game.
- The Packers' numbers are skewed by three of their opponents in the last
month: the Detroit Lions, Cleveland
Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They totaled
eight sacks and six takeaways combined in those three games. Green Bay recovered
two fumbles against the Minnesota Vikings but couldn't
sack or intercept their former offensive pilot.
About Tim Heaney
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