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 2 to Week 5, unless otherwise specified.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: Bench
- This Saints squad is banged up, especially in the secondary. Cornerback Tracy Porter (knee) is out a few more weeks. Strong safety Roman Harper (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday. Playmaking free safety Darren Sharper (knee) must remain out for Week 6 because he's on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
- In the last month, the Saints' pass rush has been serviceable (2.25 sacks per game), but they've registered only 0.75 interceptions per game. Their average of 1.00 fumble recoveries per game is keeping them afloat, but much of that is predicated on luck.
- The Bucs have allowed 2.33 sacks per game in their last three contests, which ranks in the middle of the pack, but they've done a decent job protecting the ball, throwing just 0.67 interceptions per game. They were abused by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3, and New Orleans' defense is aggressive, but without Sharper it has lost a step in creating turnovers.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Fantasy value: Bench
- The Ravens miss safety Ed Reed (hip) and haven't been as dynamic as their reputation insists. They've recorded only 1.50 sacks, 0.25 interceptions and 0.25 fumble recoveries per game in the last month.
- New England has been a bane for opposing fantasy defenses, allowing just 1.67 sacks, 0.67 interceptions and 0.67 lost fumbles per game in their last three outings.
- Even without Randy Moss, the Pats' offense still has enough skills to give opponents fits, especially with the crafty two-tight end looks they can throw against Baltimore's shaky secondary.
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