5 Guys You Already Regret Drafting in 2013
5 Guys You Already Regret Drafting in Fantasy Football
The second Sunday of the NFL season has come and gone. That means many people right now are starting to get a good feel about their fantasy football team and what they need in order to move forward and have a successful season.
Waiver wires and websites about who to pick up are getting mad traffic. Many people are trying to pick up that big name free agent that will help them out this season. If you are like me, you are trying to find trade bait to get the player that you want from your competitors.
Many people, especially those who started off the fantasy season 0-2, are starting to regret many of the draft picks they had in August. Some of these people researched for months on what players would have a successful season others looked at the fantasy football book for the first time at the draft and are mad that they selected who they did.
If you fit this description or if you know someone who does, then this post is a perfect read. Here is my list of five fantasy players that you already regret drafting for the 2013 fantasy football season. Many of these players have been studs before and others were rookies that were highly regarded going into everyone’s draft. Some of these are future Hall of Famers and others may turn out to be more like Matt Leinart. These players were all taken by the fifth or sixth round in most 10-12 team leagues. Please get the tissues ready, start the tears, and someone cue the song “You had a bad day!”
5. LeVeon Bell
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Le’Veon Bell in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. With the departure of Rashard Mendenhall to the Arizona Cardinals, it was assumed that Bell would be the new workhorse for the Steelers. This is a team who traditionally loves to run the football and needs to run it to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Bell, on the other hand, has not been the workhorse Pittsburgh expected. Many fantasy owners drafted Bell with hope of him being a number two or a solid flex play every week. Since the draft, many owners have found out that Bell seems to be as fragile as Humpty Dumpty. The Steelers are trying to put Bell back together again, but hopefully your fantasy team can pick up the pieces from this “eggish” pick you made.
4. Danny Amendola
The phrase “the job was given to you on a silver platter” comes to mind when thinking about Danny Amendola’s situation going into the 2013 season. Amendola was leaving a bad St. Louis Rams team for the promised land: A chance to catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. When Wes Welker headed west to go catch passes from another future HOF quarterback, Peyton Manning (some guys get all the luck), it was assumed that Amendola would replace Welker and be an upgrade to Brady’s reliable target. It looked great for Amendola. Week 1 of the season, he had a great day going over the 100 yard mark in his first regular season game as a New England Patriot. However, Amendola’s rap sheet caught up with him: The guy is very fragile. Reports coming out of New England are that he could miss from 2-6 weeks or possibly have surgery! For all of the believers in this guy (cough cough…me) who selected him in or around the 6th round of the draft expecting him to be a steal, it will not happen this season.
3. Tom Brady
In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks’ character says, “Momma always told me that miracles happen every day!” Tom Brady, the Patriots, and his owners are hoping for that to happen quickly. For the past few seasons, Tom Brady has not only been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL but one of the best point getters in fantasy football. He has had weapons like Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, and Randy Moss to help bolster his fantasy stats. In the 2013 season, all of that luck seems to have come crashing down. Free-agency, injuries, and murder trials have taken all of the offensive weapons Brady had at his disposal. Brady’s Patriots are still 2-0 and finding ways to win, but if you drafted Brady anywhere from the 3rd-5th rounds as your team’s quarterback, you are strongly regretting even the thought that you passed up on players such as Carson Palmer, Tony Romo, and Philip Rivers who look to have much better fantasy seasons than Brady.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew
In the comic books and movies about Superman, the hero has two weaknesses: Lois Lane and Kryptonite. If Maurice Jones-Drew was Superman, he would also have two weaknesses: The Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Jones-Drew or “MJD” has been one of the best fantasy football players since he entered the league. He was coming into this season healthy after an injury-plagued season of 2012. Many fantasy owners believed that by taking him in the 3rd-5th rounds of the draft, they were getting a steal. Many people thought that he would be last year's Adrian Peterson. Well for all of those who thought this way, here is some advice: Superman had to submit to Lois Lane and MJD’s team is terrible! To make matters worse, Jones-Drew also went down with an ankle injury in the Week 2 loss to the Oakland Raiders. It is going to be another long season for MJD and his owners.
1. Montee Ball
When fantasy football books come out in the summer before the season starts, people start to study players. One player that everyone had on their radar was rookie Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball. Peyton Manning makes running backs better than anyone thinks (i.e. Joseph Addai). With Manning behind center, everyone felt Ball would have holes to fly through and room to catch balls out of the backfield. They thought that he would have a multi-touchdown season and possibly close to a number one fantasy running back. Going into Week 3, predictions took a backseat to reality. Knowshon Moreno is the running back to own in Denver. Ball assisted this because he just cannot hold on to the football. You can’t score touchdowns without the ball. You can’t get playing timing without touchdowns under Peyton Manning’s offense. You can’t stay on fantasy rosters without touchdowns. Ball has dropped the ball for all who picked him. Disappointing, isn’t it?