Fantasy Football 2013: 15 Biggest Disappointments of the First Half

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Fantasy Football 2013: 15 Biggest Disappointments of the First Half

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It’s time for all the self-proclaimed fantasy football experts to eat a little crow. Everybody gets a few correct, but everybody also misfires on some of their targets. Those who claim they weren’t aiming for at least a player or two on this list are living in a fantasy-fantasy world.

All of the players on this list are purely underperformers because they have the ability to hurt us the most. We know not to play the guys who broke our hearts with injuries, but the underperformers trick us into putting them in the lineup out of hopes they will bounce back. Those who got injured are still disappointing, so I’ll give a quick mention to the All-Injury team of 2013.

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB: Estimated return between 2-8 weeks.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons WR: Out for the season

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons WR: Could be backs as soon as Week 9

Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons RB: Active, but missed time in five games this season

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers WR: Eligible to return in Week 15.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers TE: Out indefinitely

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts WR: Out for the season

Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts RB: Out for the season

All these injuries have been major blows to fantasy teams and real teams alike, and are always heartbreaking for more than just competitive reasons. It’s awful to see any player get hurt, but if it were flag football, nobody would be watching and these guys wouldn’t be getting the big bucks.

Regardless, the biggest fantasy liabilities aren't the injured guys, but the players whose past production and future potential fool you into sticking with them despite their weekly weak performances. Many of those players are on this list, along with others who we know aren't going anywhere, with a few studs who aren't quite as studly as they used to be mixed into the bunch.

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15. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings RB

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If you have Peterson, then it’s likely everybody else got to pick twice before you got to draft again. He is having a decent fantasy season with 14.6 points per game, but he is not near the monster he was last year, which is what GMs were hoping for when they selected him first overall.

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14. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants WR

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Nicks was around the 19th WR selected in most drafts, and his 6.3 points per game is good for 47th at his position. You would expect a little more from a guy on a team that is constantly trailing and has no running game.

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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans WR

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Johnson was typically the eighth wide receiver taken and has only two double-digit fantasy performances to date.

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12. Eli Manning, New York Giants QB

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Manning was the 13th QB selected in most leagues, which means in deeper leagues, some poor GM drafted him as a starter. His 11.6 points per game is good for 25th at his position.

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11. Chris Ivory, New York Jets RB

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Ivory was seen by many as a sleeper, but somebody forgot to tell Bilal Powell who took his starting spot. 2.5 points per game is pretty bad, even for someone selected around 30th at his position.

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10. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos RB

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Another upside play in a lot of leagues, Ball was generally expected to be the RB benefactor to Denver’s high-powered offense. Long story short, Knowshon Moreno took the job and Ball has averaged 2.4 points per game.

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9. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins WR

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Some people thought Wallace would break out with his new team, but they were dead wrong. Wallace’s 6.3 points per game is good for 46th among WRs.

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8. Maurice Jones Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars RB

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With an ADP of 25th overall, GMs were hoping for more than 6.9 points per game from Jones-Drew. Half of MJD’s performances have been for four points or less, which is very disappointing for a player projected as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2.

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7. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs WR

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Many were expecting Bowe to break out in 2013 under Andy Reid’s pass-happy style and with an upgrade at QB. For reasons unknown, Bowe is having his worst season to date with an average of 4.8 fantasy points per game, ranking him 65th at wide receiver.

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6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints WR

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Colston is also on his way to his worst season to date with just 342 yards and a TD thus far. It’s tough to sit Drew Brees’ best wide receiver, but with three straight one-point performances, he is just too risky to start. Colston was around the 13th WR selected, and now he should be on the bench.

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5. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills RB

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Spiller had an ADP of fifth overall and has struggled due to injuries. The reason he makes this list and not the All-Injury team is because he won’t sit out and get better. GMs have been starting him and hoping he’ll break out, but instead have been getting five fantasy points per game.

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4. David Wilson, New York Giants RB

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Wilson has also been injured this year, but he makes the list for starting the year in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse yet again. In the games he has suited up for, Wilson has averaged 2.6 points, including a performance of -3.

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3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens RB

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Rice had an ADP of seventh overall, but is currently sitting as the 33rd best RB with 6.1 points per game. His career lows of 2.8 yards per carry and 4.8 yards per catch thus far have been an enormous letdowns for GMs.

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2. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts RB

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With an ADP of eighth overall and an average of 6.6 points per game, Richardson is doing a little better than a few backs on this list. The reason he gets the no .2 spot is because he has disappointed GMs twice this year. First he was a letdown with the Cleveland Browns, and now he’s disappointing again with his performance with the Colts. Many thought his move to Indy would give him a boost with more scoring opportunities, but hopes were raised just to get crushed again.

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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB

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With the loss of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski for part of the season, a drop-off was expected, but good lord. Brady is on pace for career lows in everything except interceptions in 2013. His 11.5 points per game is 24th-best among quarterbacks and below the likes of Geno Smith, Ryan Tannehill and Terrelle Pryor.

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Fantasy Football 2013: 15 Biggest Disappointments of the First Half

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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for all the self-proclaimed fantasy football experts to eat a little crow. Everybody gets a few correct, but everybody also misfires on some of their targets. Those who claim they weren’t aiming for at least a player or two on this list are living in a fantasy-fantasy world.

All of the players on this list are purely underperformers because they have the ability to hurt us the most. We know not to play the guys who broke our hearts with injuries, but the underperformers trick us into putting them in the lineup out of hopes they will bounce back. Those who got injured are still disappointing, so I’ll give a quick mention to the All-Injury team of 2013.

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB: Estimated return between 2-8 weeks.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons WR: Out for the season

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons WR: Could be backs as soon as Week 9

Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons RB: Active, but missed time in five games this season

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers WR: Eligible to return in Week 15.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers TE: Out indefinitely

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts WR: Out for the season

Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts RB: Out for the season

All these injuries have been major blows to fantasy teams and real teams alike, and are always heartbreaking for more than just competitive reasons. It’s awful to see any player get hurt, but if it were flag football, nobody would be watching and these guys wouldn’t be getting the big bucks.

Regardless, the biggest fantasy liabilities aren't the injured guys, but the players whose past production and future potential fool you into sticking with them despite their weekly weak performances. Many of those players are on this list, along with others who we know aren't going anywhere, with a few studs who aren't quite as studly as they used to be mixed into the bunch.

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15. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings RB

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The Star Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

If you have Peterson, then it’s likely everybody else got to pick twice before you got to draft again. He is having a decent fantasy season with 14.6 points per game, but he is not near the monster he was last year, which is what GMs were hoping for when they selected him first overall.

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14. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants WR

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The Star Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

Nicks was around the 19th WR selected in most drafts, and his 6.3 points per game is good for 47th at his position. You would expect a little more from a guy on a team that is constantly trailing and has no running game.

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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans WR

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson was typically the eighth wide receiver taken and has only two double-digit fantasy performances to date.

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12. Eli Manning, New York Giants QB

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John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Manning was the 13th QB selected in most leagues, which means in deeper leagues, some poor GM drafted him as a starter. His 11.6 points per game is good for 25th at his position.

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11. Chris Ivory, New York Jets RB

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ivory was seen by many as a sleeper, but somebody forgot to tell Bilal Powell who took his starting spot. 2.5 points per game is pretty bad, even for someone selected around 30th at his position.

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10. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos RB

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Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Another upside play in a lot of leagues, Ball was generally expected to be the RB benefactor to Denver’s high-powered offense. Long story short, Knowshon Moreno took the job and Ball has averaged 2.4 points per game.

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9. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins WR

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Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Some people thought Wallace would break out with his new team, but they were dead wrong. Wallace’s 6.3 points per game is good for 46th among WRs.

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8. Maurice Jones Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars RB

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With an ADP of 25th overall, GMs were hoping for more than 6.9 points per game from Jones-Drew. Half of MJD’s performances have been for four points or less, which is very disappointing for a player projected as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2.

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7. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs WR

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John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Many were expecting Bowe to break out in 2013 under Andy Reid’s pass-happy style and with an upgrade at QB. For reasons unknown, Bowe is having his worst season to date with an average of 4.8 fantasy points per game, ranking him 65th at wide receiver.

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6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints WR

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Colston is also on his way to his worst season to date with just 342 yards and a TD thus far. It’s tough to sit Drew Brees’ best wide receiver, but with three straight one-point performances, he is just too risky to start. Colston was around the 13th WR selected, and now he should be on the bench.

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5. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills RB

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Spiller had an ADP of fifth overall and has struggled due to injuries. The reason he makes this list and not the All-Injury team is because he won’t sit out and get better. GMs have been starting him and hoping he’ll break out, but instead have been getting five fantasy points per game.

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4. David Wilson, New York Giants RB

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Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson has also been injured this year, but he makes the list for starting the year in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse yet again. In the games he has suited up for, Wilson has averaged 2.6 points, including a performance of -3.

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3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens RB

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Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Rice had an ADP of seventh overall, but is currently sitting as the 33rd best RB with 6.1 points per game. His career lows of 2.8 yards per carry and 4.8 yards per catch thus far have been an enormous letdowns for GMs.

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2. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts RB

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Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

With an ADP of eighth overall and an average of 6.6 points per game, Richardson is doing a little better than a few backs on this list. The reason he gets the no .2 spot is because he has disappointed GMs twice this year. First he was a letdown with the Cleveland Browns, and now he’s disappointing again with his performance with the Colts. Many thought his move to Indy would give him a boost with more scoring opportunities, but hopes were raised just to get crushed again.

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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB

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Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

With the loss of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski for part of the season, a drop-off was expected, but good lord. Brady is on pace for career lows in everything except interceptions in 2013. His 11.5 points per game is 24th-best among quarterbacks and below the likes of Geno Smith, Ryan Tannehill and Terrelle Pryor.


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