Fantasy Football Playoff Challenge: Top 5 Super Bowl Least Valuable Players
Top Five Super Bowl Busts
Super Bowl Sunday was a triumphant day for the Baltimore Ravens. The eyes of the entire nation were fixated on the game that would determine NFL supremacy. Joe Flacco rose to the occasion, throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns to cap off a phenomenal postseason. Jacoby Jones became a household name by breaking the game open with his 56-yard touchdown reception and 108-yard touchdown return of the second half opening kickoff.
Unfortunately for those that had a rooting interest in the game or were participating in the fantasy football playoff challenge, there were several players that played negative roles in the outcome of this momentous event.
The Super Bowl is unique to the sports world in that there is only one game used to determine its champion. One game that serves as the biggest event of the sporting year, played after a long two weeks of storylines and scrutinizing analysis. As much as players are determined to go down as heroes on the game’s biggest stage, they are equally fearful that they one miscue could forever link them with Leon Lett or Rich Gannon as the guys that lost the Super Bowl.
This slideshow is dedicated to the five players that did their best to lose the big game on Sunday. I hope that everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl festivities and is ready to endure a long off-season. Have no fear, the 2013 NFL season will be here before we know it. Fantasy football preparation never stops so keep your eyes locked on Rant Sports for nonstop coverage leading up the 2013 draft day.
#5 RB Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens
With much of the safety attention focused on helping over the top in the passing game, it was thoroughly expected that Ray Rice would run wild. Rice ran 20 times but managed only 59 yards on a day where he had little room to run. Rice also lost his third fumble of the preseason that resulted in a San Francisco 49ers field goal. Rice was swapped out in favor of Bernard Pierce even after Pierce sustained a knee injury. As long as the talented rookie, Pierce, is in town, Rice's fantasy value will be capped by his role in a committee backfield.
#4 WR Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith was supposed to be the dynamic game-changer that gave the Baltimore Ravens the edge. Instead, that role was played by Jacoby Jones and Anquan Boldin who combined for 160 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Smith managed only two catches for 35 yards on six targets. Luckily for Smith, his teammates picked up the slack en route to their Super Bowl victory. Smith will continue to be a hit-or-miss receiver and will retain his fantasy value in 2013.
#3 LB Ahmad Brooks - San Francisco 49ers
Ahmad Brooks played a huge role in the first Baltimore Ravens touchdown when he jumped offside on a crucial third down in the red zone. Baltimore would score on the next play after Brooks gifted them a first down. This miscue went a long way toward determining the momentum of the game. The San Francisco 49ers fell behind by seven rather than three and would never catch up. Brooks will be fine come 2013, continuing to serve as a leader to one of the league's best defenses.
#2 RB LaMichael James - San Francisco 49ers
LaMichael James failed to provide a spark for the San Francisco 49ers and instead committed a costly turnover. James ran three times for only 10 yards and was a non-factor in the return game. His most noteworthy play came when James fumbled in the second quarter which led to the Baltimore Ravens touchdown that made the score 14-3. James will be essentially non-existent in the San Francisco offense next season once Kendall Hunter returns.
#1 DB Chris Culliver - San Francisco 49ers
The goat of media week managed to outdo himself on Super Bowl Sunday. The homophoic remarks that Chris Culliver made were the least of his problems when he stepped onto the field. Culliver was abused on the outside, getting torched by Jacoby Jones on a 56-yard touchdown and allowing Anquan Boldin to convert a crucial third-and-long. He was also flagged for pass interference on another third down in the forth quarter that allowed the Baltimore Ravens to burn clock and kick a field goal. Culliver is a talented young cornerback but does not have any value as an IDP in fantasy football next year. It'll likely be a long off-season for Culliver who has a lot to think about after his first Super Bowl.
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