Fantasy Football: 5 Quarterbacks That Were Busts in 2013
Fantasy Football: 5 Quarterbacks that Were Busts in 2013
Another fantasy football regular season has come to an end. Many of you are probably looking back at the year that was and are wondering just what in the heck went wrong with your season.
For many of you, it was the injury bug that tore your team apart. If you were an owner of running backs like Doug Martin or Arian Foster, then you probably struggled all season long dealing with this problem. For others, it was the case of their team just not being very good, such was the case for owners of Maurice Jones-Drew.
One of the biggest regrets that many owners had was who they drafted to be their team’s starting quarterback. Now, for owners of players like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Cam Newton, your team more than likely either came close to the fantasy football playoffs, lost in the playoffs or won your entire league. Many of managers, however, did not get the luxury of drafting these three players.
In my first edition of looking back at the fantasy year that was, I wanted to just go right out of the gate with the quarterbacks that were huge busts for your team this season. To do this, I established particular criteria to be considered a “bust” this season. For players like Colin Kaepernick, I did not consider him to be a bust because he came through for owners during the fantasy football playoffs and championship weeks. I also did not consider players like Matthew Stafford, even though he bailed on his owners during those crucial weeks, because he had a very good regular season.
The players that I selected for this “bust” list were players that either had major injuries that hurt their owners, got replaced as a starting quarterback or just could not find their groove all fantasy season long.
For those of you who owned these guys, let’s look back at the reasons why your team struggled. For those of you who were fortunate enough not to draft these guys, let’s take a look at how lucky you were this season!
5. Aaron Rodgers
It was very difficult for me to put Aaron Rodgers on this list. Since becoming the starter for the Green Bay Packers, all Aaron Rodgers has done was lead his team to a Super Bowl victory and become one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL. Many fantasy owners selected him either in the first or second rounds of their drafts thinking that he would be the center piece to their fantasy team’s championship season. However, when Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, it crushed almost all of his owners and their seasons. As of Week 16, Rodgers still has not returned to the Packers and will more than likely sit out the rest of the season, unless the Packers make the playoffs. It was not Rodgers' fault that he was a fantasy football bust this season, however, he certainly did not help his owners out in the second half of the season.
4. Robert Griffin III
When a starting quarterback is shutdown at the end of the season and it is not due to an injury, you know his team had a very bad season. Robert Griffin III was shut down by the Washington Redskins during the most important weeks of the fantasy football season. It was not due to the injuries that he suffered last season, but it was due to a poor performance by RG III all season long and to prevent anything from keeping him away from his offseason preparation. He definitely was not the guy that most owners saw last season. Last season, RG III rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. This season, he only rushed for 489 yards and no rushing touchdowns. His passing yards were almost exactly the same, however, he threw for fewer touchdowns this season and threw seven more interceptions than he did all of last season. Was it a sophomore slump? Perhaps; but it was still a season to forget none the less for RG III.
3. Matt Ryan
If you want to look at two good things about Matt Ryan right now for fantasy owners, it is this: he had one heck of a game against the San Francisco 49ers to help fantasy managers in the championship game and he should be getting his receivers back healthy next season. Now for the bad about the man they call Matty Ice this season. Ryan had a terrible string of bad luck in the 2013 fantasy football season. For starters, his receiving corps of Pro Bowlers was a shadow of what he is used to playing with. When Harry Douglas becomes your No. 1 target during the season, then you know things are not going good (no offense to Douglas). Matt Ryan had a terrible running game this season, which looked to be improved with the acquisition of Steven Jackson in the offseason. Ryan threw for eight fewer touchdowns, as of Week 16, this season and threw more interceptions for his owners as well. Look for Matt Ryan to bounce back next season.
2. Mike Vick
It seems like every season there is always one quarterback or running back that gets replaced by a new up-and-coming star. In 2013, that happened to Mick Vick when Nick Foles came off the bench and not only stole Vick’s job, but made sure that there was no question going into next season who the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles would be. Vick was looked to be a sleeper pick at the beginning of the season, especially with the Eagles hiring Chip Kelly as their coach. When Vick went down with an injury, Foles came in and did not look back. For all the owners who thought they could steal a late-round gem with Vick this past August, this one hurt pretty bad. You just cannot score points for your fantasy football managers while you are holding a clip board.
1. Eli Manning
What a season Mr. Manning had! As of Week 16, Manning has thrown for 5,211 yards and 51 touchdowns, breaking the record held by Tom Brady! Manning has his team in first place in the conference and looking to make a run at the Super Bowl. Most of his fantasy football managers more than likely won or came close to winning their leagues this season. I am, of course, talking about Peyton Manning, not Eli Manning. Eli had the exact opposite season that his brother had in 2013. Eli had the worst season of his career, worse than any he has ever had in his great career. He threw for more interceptions than ever before and the least amount of touchdowns than he ever has thrown before. Many managers drafted him because he has been very consistent over his career. However, that was not the case in 2013. If you want to look at a silver lining here, after he threw for 25 interceptions in 2010, the next year he threw for 29 touchdowns and 4,933 yards. That may be good for next season, however, he was the biggest bust in the 2013 fantasy football campaign.