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 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or Bench
- Freeman has posted completion percentages of 58.1 percent or less in three of his last four games. While he might win ballgames, he hasn't done all that much for fantasy purposes this year, topping 250 passing yards just twice and tossing multiple touchdowns only three times.
- The Panthers were trounced by Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints last week but did a better job containing shakier options in the previous two weeks in the San Francisco 49ers' Alex D. Smith and David Carr, and St. Louis Rams rook Sam Bradford. All in all, Carolina has yielded 213.3 aerial yards and 1.67 touchdown passes per game - about what Freeman gives normally, which isn't inspiring.
Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Don't let last week fool you
Fantasy value: Bench
- Favre unleashed a career high of 446 yards on a 36-for-47 Sunday afternoon. Before that, he had topped 250 yards just twice this year. The ol' gunslinger has thrown six interceptions over his last three games.
- Though Favre picked apart Chicago's D last year with 713 yards and five touchdowns in two 2009 meetings, he isn't as healthy as he was last season. He also faces a Bears squad that has yielded only 247.0 passing yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game - and notched 1.33 interceptions per contest - in their last three.
- They've contained Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks), Donovan McNabb (Washington Redskins) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo Bills) in that time. It took Fitzpatrick 51 attempts to reach 299 yards.
- The Bears' pass rush hasn't been as effective as hoped, but at least they have a competent end to pressure Favre this year. As a Carolina Panther last year, Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers ran over Vikes left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Minny has allowed 2.00 sacks per game in the last four weeks, so that opening to get to Favre remains.
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