This week’s All-Bust team is chock full of fantasy football players who have either disappointed all season long or alternated hope-inspiring outings with increasingly frustrating off days.
If these guys don’t improve during the next few weeks, they’ll have to live with the knowledge that they sunk the hopes of countless fantasy owners this year.
Note: All projected point totals were pulled Sunday morning from Yahoo’s standard scoring system. Skill players must be owned in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and could not have been injured during the game to qualify for All-Bust “honors.”
QB: Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Projected points (position rank): 18.5 (13th)
Actual points (position rank): 8.7 (T-22nd)
In a beautiful abomination of a game on Sunday night, Seattle’s offense didn’t reach opposing territory until its final drive in regulation — and that was due to the Seahawks blocking a punt. The unit didn’t crack the 100-yard plateau until 10:13 was left in the fourth quarter.
The lion’s share of the blame for that ineptitude must fall on Wilson’s shoulders. Though he recorded 225 passing yards, only 60 of them came in the first three quarters. And he recorded a negative rushing output (-2 yards) for just the third time in his career and second time in four weeks, further cementing the notion that Wilson’s injured ankle is massively impacting his dual-threat abilities.
With just five passing touchdowns, zero rushing scores and 33 rushing yards to his name, Wilson is the No. 26 QB this year in terms of fantasy points.
RB1: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
Projected points: 9.6 (18th)
Actual points: 0.0 (N/A)
Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid admitted after Sunday’s 27-21 win over New Orleans that Charles’ knee acted up after Kansas City’s Week 6 clash against Oakland. Charles’ owners surely wish he had disclosed that information before the tailback — who’s still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last year — was limited to a lone, fruitless carry against the Saints.
It’s clear Kansas City is easing Charles into the backfield rotation. And with Spencer Ware totaling 294 all-purpose yards the past two weeks, why wouldn’t they? That’s no consolation to the owners who assumed Charles, who was started in 46 percent of Yahoo leagues, was ready for a full workload.
RB2: Terrance West, Ravens
Projected points: 10.5 (14th)
Actual points: 1.0 (T-56th)
Even though the Ravens were battling in a one-possession game against the Jets on Sunday, Joe Flacco attempted 44 passes, marking his sixth-straight game with 40-plus attempts. Meanwhile, West had his name called just eight times, netting 10 yards.
Flacco’s 308 passes through seven games are the sixth-most in NFL history, according to Pro Football Reference. Though West has emerged as Baltimore’s first-choice tailback, the Ravens’ coaching staff apparently trusts Flacco’s arm far more than West’s legs.
WR1: Allen Robinson, Jaguars
Projected points: 13.0 (4th)
Actual points: 0.9 (T-91st)
Robinson tied for Jacksonville’s team lead with eight targets, but only converted those chances into two receptions and nine yards. It’s been a disappointing campaign thus far for Robinson, whose struggles have coincided with a step back from Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles.
Interestingly, Robinson’s 11.4 yards per reception mark mirrors his rookie output — a big step down from the 17.5 average he logged last year. Which number is the more accurate measurement of the third-year receiver’s potential?
WR2: Jordy Nelson, Packers
Projected points: 10.1 (11th)
Actual points: 0.9 (T-91st)
Though Aaron Rodgers rebounded a bit against Chicago on Thursday, his favorite target was limited to one catch and nine yards. It was Nelson’s worst fantasy output since Week 9 of the 2012 season.
You have to figure Nelson will bounce back in the coming weeks, as the Packers play the porous pass defenses of Atlanta and Indianapolis in their next two contests.
TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs
Projected points: 9.2 (2nd)
Actual points: 2.4 (T-19th)
With owners hoping to take advantage of a promising matchup against the Saints, Kelce was started in 91 percent of Yahoo leagues. They even overlooked his season-low 3.2-point output in Week 6.
Unfortunately, Kelce only registered two receptions and 24 yards. The 27-year-old entered the Chiefs’ Week 5 bye with at least seven targets in each of their first four games, but has drawn just three throws in each of the two matchups since as Kansas City has relied heavily on its rushing attack.
FLEX: Matt Jones, Redskins
Projected points: 9.1 (21st)
Actual points: 0.7 (T-61st)
Jones lost his third fumble of the season on Sunday, carrying over a troubling issue from his rookie campaign. And it might have finally cost him his starting job.
Chris Thompson took over for Jones after the turnover and compiled 113 all-purpose yards on 19 touches, playing an important part in Washington’s fleeting fourth-quarter comeback against Detroit.
Jay Gruden revealed Monday that Jones could see his role reduced, calling his fumbling issue a “tough deal.” Jones’ fantasy owners are surely feeling the same way.
D/ST: Buffalo Bills
Projected points: 7.8 (7th)
Actual points: 0.0 (26th)
Buffalo’s defense reverted to its ugly early-season form, allowing 28 points to Miami and its resurgent rushing attack. The Bills couldn’t cause any turnovers and mustered just one sack.
They’ll try to rebound against New England, a team they shut out in Week 4. Of course, that was with Jacoby Brissett, not Tom Brady, under center for the Patriots.
Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
Projected points: 10.7 (2nd)
Actual points: 3.0 (T-27th)
Gostkowski is proving that even the most “automatic” of kickers can go through slumps.
The annual consensus No. 1 kicker has missed a PAT in each of the last two weeks after connecting on 52-of-52 during the 2015 regular season. He’s also 9-of-12 on field goal attempts after shanking three all of last season.
That person in your league who drafted him a few rounds too early is probably kicking himself (pun intended), as Gostkowski is tied for 17th in fantasy points at his position.