Fantasy Football: Week 8 Fantasy Failures
5 Players That Hurt Fantasy Owners
Week 8 was one that some fantasy owners would love to forget with some miserable performances around the NFL in part to either weather, great defenses or just bad play. There are players like Eli Manning, who didn’t have to do much early in the game after his team gave him a 23-0 lead so his stats suffered greatly because of that. You can look at Robert Griffin III, who ran into the Pittsburgh Steelers defense and stopped Griffin all afternoon as the No. 2 pick only rushed for eight yards and threw for just 177 yards.
There are stories like that all over the league where players that were expected to do things in Week 8 laid a complete egg. It was expected that Brandon Weeden would have a decent day against the San Diego defense and with the windy conditions in Cleveland, Weeden only threw for 129 yards. Just like the Manning situation, the Giants wide receivers didn’t get much work as Victor Cruz finished with just two catches after having several solid weeks in a row to help lead fantasy owners.
I have focused on five players that I thought had the worst days during Week 8 as probably everyone who had these players had them in their starting lineup thinking that they were going to get much better production out of them. Unfortunately, they were sadly mistaken and probably are looking at their teams today with a loss next to last week’s matchup. Here are my five Fantasy Failures for Week 8 including two from the same team…..
Rivers had an awful day in the wind in Cleveland, throwing for just 154 yards on 18 completions. It was going to be a hard day for passing but Rivers just looked like he wanted to throw the ball deep way too much and when the wind is blowing like it was on Sunday afternoon, that plan doesn’t work out too well. Hopefully, Rivers finds more success on a short week during a Thursday night game at home against Kansas City this week. For those of you who own Rivers, I bet all of you are hoping for something that is closer to normal for Rivers’ production.
Bush didn’t do much of anything against a depleted New York Jets defense with just 59 rushing yards and one catch for six yards. The part that is even more troubling about Bush’s performance is the fact that Bush didn’t even get the most carries on his own team with Daniel Thomas getting 15 carries to Bush’s 14. Bush has had two lousy fantasy weeks against the Jets this week so owners are pleased that the Dolphins don’t play the Jets again this season. Bush gets a good matchup against Indianapolis this week and should take advantage of it even if it is a timeshare with Thomas.
Johnson was targeted eight times Sunday against the Seahawks but could only come up with three catches for 46 yards. Johnson has had two lousy weeks in a row now against top-notch defenses so hopefully that was the problem for Megatron. Johnson is playing through a knee injury but if he is out on the field, he is going to be expected to produce. I’m sure there are many Megatron owners who are wondering if that Madden curse is true with the injury now and the production over the last two weeks. Johnson should get back to normal this week with a matchup in Jacksonville.
Charles was a complete non-factor during the Chiefs’ loss in Oakland with just five carries for four yards and three catches for six yards. A ten-yard performance isn’t going to win fantasy titles and while Peyton Hillis is now back for Kansas City, there is no reason why Charles was invisible in Oakland on Sunday especially coming off a bye week. Charles had been looking good in previous weeks but if this continues, Charles is going to end up being trade bait or on the bench for many owners. Kansas City goes to San Diego Thursday and Charles must have a much better game against a middle of the road Chargers defense.
Gates finished Sunday’s game in Cleveland with two catches for 14 yards. You can blame the wind if you want or the inability of Philip Rivers to hit Gates but Gates has had just one game all season with more than four catches and it is obvious that Gates isn’t the elite tight end that he has been in recent years. Gates has another terrible matchup this week against the Chiefs and owners who have Gates need to be looking for better options on the waiver wire unless you can find an owner who wants Gates on name value only in a trade, which isn’t too likely.