15 Biggest Fantasy Football Busts of 2013: Week 11 Edition

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The 15 Biggest Fantasy Football Busts of 2013

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In the world of Fantasy Football, there's nothing worse than a bust. There are certainly different levels of bust, but any player you take in the top five rounds that doesn't pan out, is a big deal. That's the bread and butter section of the draft for any fantasy owner.

There are certainly busts in other sections of the draft, but they're usually not as impactful as a top guy that you're counting on to put up solid production each week. A tight end you take in round eight that doesn't pan out hurts, but it's nowhere near the level of a second round running back who just can't put back-to-back solid games together.

Other busts come in the form of guys who can't stay healthy. Maybe he wasn't meant to be a top producer for your team, but you were still counting on 8-10 points per week. Well those 8-10 points can make the difference between a win or a loss, and one win or loss, can be the difference between your team making the playoffs or not.

That's the thing with Fantasy Football, in most leagues, every single point counts. It could come down to a tie breaker or it could be the difference in a particular week. Sitting a guy that should have started, is not something you should just shrug off. Missing out on a big week, is a huge deal.

So it's with all that in mind that we'll take a look the 15 biggest Fantasy Football busts of 2013. Some of these guys were taken high in drafts based on their reputations, some just didn't pan out, while others aren't even playing at this point in the season:

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Arian Foster

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Those who were skeptical of Foster over the Summer, were officially proven to be right in week 10. Foster is done for the year and now scheduled for back surgery. You have to wonder if he'll ever be the same again.

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Dwayne Bowe

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Alex Smith and Andy Reid equal a huge year for Dwayne Bowe, right? So far, that couldn't be further from the truth. We'll have to see if Bowe can pick it up in the final weeks of 2013, but it seems highly unlikely he'll hit the 1,000-yard mark.

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Ray Rice

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Rice has fallen off a cliff in 2013. He battled injuries early on in the season and now he's barely averaging 2.5 yards per carry.

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Mike Wallace

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Owners wanted to believe that Wallace would be a reliable No. 2 starter each week, but to this point, he's been a huge bust. The $60 million dollar man has only found the end zone one time in 2013.

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Colin Kaepernick

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The sky seemed like it was going to be the limit for Kaepernick. After killing it in the second half of 2012, the 49ers' signal caller figured to be a fantasy superstar in 2013. Thus far, he's only accounted for 12 touchdowns.

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C.J. Spiller

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Owners were buying the Spiller stock this summer. He was flying off the board in the first round in drafts across the country, but now he's just another back. He has one touchdown so far and he'll be lucky to break 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2013.

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Doug Martin

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Here's another running back that everyone thought would be the next big thing. Martin wasn't having a great sophomore season, but in the end, he only gave owners six games.

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Trent Richardson

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Before the season started everyone was wondering if this guy could stay healthy. Now, we're just left wondering if he's any good.

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Lamar Miller

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The Dolphins are a mess and Miller simply hasn't panned out this season. He's averaging about 50 yards per game and he's only found the end zone on two occasions.

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Chris Johnson

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CJ2K is a thing of the past. Chris Johnson is now just another NFL running back. He's had one huge game, but for the most part, he's been a huge disappointment in 2013.

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Larry Fitzgerald

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With Carson Palmer under center in Arizona this season, everyone thought Fitzgerald would rebound in a big way. He's had a couple of decent games, but for the most part, Fitzgerald has been a guy on fantasy benches across the country.

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Jared Cook

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This was supposed to be the year where Cook would finally play up to his fantasy potential. After week one, it seemed like that was going to be the case. But since then, the TE has been a big time bust.

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Tom Brady

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USA Today Sports

Owners were warned to stay away from Brady early in drafts this year, but many didn't listen. Brady is still a solid fantasy QB, but you can only truly say that if you waited to take him.

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Steven Jackson

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Jackson was supposed to be the exception to the '30 rule' for running backs, but that most certainly hasn't been the case. To date, Jackson has a measly total of 151 rushing yards.

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Rashard Mendenhall

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USA Today Sports

Rebound year for the RB with a new team in 2013? Not so much. Mendenhall was supposed to be a reliable flex option, but with most owners, he's been on the bench all season long.

 

 

1 of 16

The 15 Biggest Fantasy Football Busts of 2013

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

In the world of Fantasy Football, there's nothing worse than a bust. There are certainly different levels of bust, but any player you take in the top five rounds that doesn't pan out, is a big deal. That's the bread and butter section of the draft for any fantasy owner.

There are certainly busts in other sections of the draft, but they're usually not as impactful as a top guy that you're counting on to put up solid production each week. A tight end you take in round eight that doesn't pan out hurts, but it's nowhere near the level of a second round running back who just can't put back-to-back solid games together.

Other busts come in the form of guys who can't stay healthy. Maybe he wasn't meant to be a top producer for your team, but you were still counting on 8-10 points per week. Well those 8-10 points can make the difference between a win or a loss, and one win or loss, can be the difference between your team making the playoffs or not.

That's the thing with Fantasy Football, in most leagues, every single point counts. It could come down to a tie breaker or it could be the difference in a particular week. Sitting a guy that should have started, is not something you should just shrug off. Missing out on a big week, is a huge deal.

So it's with all that in mind that we'll take a look the 15 biggest Fantasy Football busts of 2013. Some of these guys were taken high in drafts based on their reputations, some just didn't pan out, while others aren't even playing at this point in the season:

2 of 16

Arian Foster

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

Those who were skeptical of Foster over the Summer, were officially proven to be right in week 10. Foster is done for the year and now scheduled for back surgery. You have to wonder if he'll ever be the same again.

3 of 16

Dwayne Bowe

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

Alex Smith and Andy Reid equal a huge year for Dwayne Bowe, right? So far, that couldn't be further from the truth. We'll have to see if Bowe can pick it up in the final weeks of 2013, but it seems highly unlikely he'll hit the 1,000-yard mark.

4 of 16

Ray Rice

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USA Today Sports

Rice has fallen off a cliff in 2013. He battled injuries early on in the season and now he's barely averaging 2.5 yards per carry.

5 of 16

Mike Wallace

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USA Today Sports

Owners wanted to believe that Wallace would be a reliable No. 2 starter each week, but to this point, he's been a huge bust. The $60 million dollar man has only found the end zone one time in 2013.

6 of 16

Colin Kaepernick

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

The sky seemed like it was going to be the limit for Kaepernick. After killing it in the second half of 2012, the 49ers' signal caller figured to be a fantasy superstar in 2013. Thus far, he's only accounted for 12 touchdowns.

7 of 16

C.J. Spiller

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

Owners were buying the Spiller stock this summer. He was flying off the board in the first round in drafts across the country, but now he's just another back. He has one touchdown so far and he'll be lucky to break 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2013.

8 of 16

Doug Martin

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USA Today Sports

Here's another running back that everyone thought would be the next big thing. Martin wasn't having a great sophomore season, but in the end, he only gave owners six games.

9 of 16

Trent Richardson

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USA Today Sports

Before the season started everyone was wondering if this guy could stay healthy. Now, we're just left wondering if he's any good.

10 of 16

Lamar Miller

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USA Today Sports

The Dolphins are a mess and Miller simply hasn't panned out this season. He's averaging about 50 yards per game and he's only found the end zone on two occasions.

11 of 16

Chris Johnson

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USA Today Sports

CJ2K is a thing of the past. Chris Johnson is now just another NFL running back. He's had one huge game, but for the most part, he's been a huge disappointment in 2013.

12 of 16

Larry Fitzgerald

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USA Today Sports

With Carson Palmer under center in Arizona this season, everyone thought Fitzgerald would rebound in a big way. He's had a couple of decent games, but for the most part, Fitzgerald has been a guy on fantasy benches across the country.

13 of 16

Jared Cook

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USA Today Sports

This was supposed to be the year where Cook would finally play up to his fantasy potential. After week one, it seemed like that was going to be the case. But since then, the TE has been a big time bust.

14 of 16

Tom Brady

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USA Today Sports

Owners were warned to stay away from Brady early in drafts this year, but many didn't listen. Brady is still a solid fantasy QB, but you can only truly say that if you waited to take him.

15 of 16

Steven Jackson

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USA Today Sports

Jackson was supposed to be the exception to the '30 rule' for running backs, but that most certainly hasn't been the case. To date, Jackson has a measly total of 151 rushing yards.

16 of 16

Rashard Mendenhall

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USA Today Sports

Rebound year for the RB with a new team in 2013? Not so much. Mendenhall was supposed to be a reliable flex option, but with most owners, he's been on the bench all season long.


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