15 NFL Players Who Have It Out for Their Fantasy Owners
15 NFL Players Who Don't Care About You Or Your Fantasy Team
After kicking six field goals, including the game-winner from 61 yards out, for the Baltimore Ravens, kicker Justin Tucker gave a nod to Fantasy Football players everywhere by saying that they were welcome for the points in the fantasy playoffs. He also added that he had helped his own fantasy efforts with his masterful kicking performance.
Tucker almost undoubtedly swung thousands of matchups on Monday night, which can’t often be said for kickers. I’m also sure that Tucker’s career night also drove thousands of fantasy owners absolutely bonkers as they were facing someone who had started Tucker.
In actuality, though, a big part of fantasy football is about being driven crazy. Having opposing players unexpectedly go berserk will drive you up a wall if you play fantasy football, but nothing quite matches the levels of insanity that you reach when you have a player that continually does things that frustrate you to no end. Just about every fantasy football owner I’ve ever known has uttered the words, “I swear [Player X] hates me, man,” for one reason or another.
There are really two things that force me to believe that an NFL player on my fantasy team hates me. The first is pretty widespread among fantasy players, being a player not playing up to the level of where he was drafted. If you grab a player in the first round and he’s not your best player, you’re going to be peeved. Perhaps a bit more personally, though, I can’t stand inconsistency. When I select a player, particularly early in a draft, for my fantasy team, I like to at least vaguely know what I’m going to get from him on a weekly basis. When I end up with a player that will give me zero points one week and 20 the next, it causes gray hairs.
With that in mind, here are 15 players who seem to have hated their fantasy owners this season. Obviously much of this is based on my personal experiences and feelings, so if I leave someone off who has frustrated you personally as a fantasy football owner, let me know. Here are my 15, though.
15. Denver Broncos' Wide Receivers
While all three big name Denver Broncos receivers have had their monster games here and there and have great overall numbers, the fact that this offense is so lethal and seemingly picks a new favorite receiver every game is infuriating to deal with. These are still three players you want on your team, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a walk through a meadow of dandelions and rainbows either.
14. Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens WR
The Baltimore Ravens have continued to throw Torrey Smith’s way this season, but that doesn’t change that he’s been a bit disappointing as a fantasy player. Sure, he’s already notched a 1,000-yard season, but he also only has four touchdown catches to his name and, due to being covered tightly in almost every matchup, has caught less than half of his 123 targets this year. This was supposed to be a monster year from Smith, which makes him having only a good year a bit of a jab to the stomach.
13. Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins WR
Mike Wallace has scored in three out of his last four games for the Miami Dolphins and has also finished three of his last four games with 82 yards or more receiving. However, coming on late in the year doesn’t erase his disappointing effort over the majority of this season. It might be the drama surrounding Miami or it might be Ryan Tannehill or it might be a number of other factors, but Wallace has been tough to keep faith in over the year.
12. Greg Jennings - Minnesota Vikings WR
When Greg Jennings signed with the Minnesota Vikings, people talked about the wide receiver going to a division rival of his former team and about how it would be interesting to see Jennings as the focal-point of a passing attack again. What we all forgot, though, is that the Vikings’ quarterbacks are atrocious. Jennings has had a rough year with the Vikings and so too have his fantasy owners had with relying on him.
11. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys WR
Dez Bryant’s disappointment might not be as much about his play as it is about the play-calling for the Dallas Cowboys, the attention defenses place on him, and the fact that some of the expectations for Dez were simply unrealistic. Bryant is clearly one of the best receivers in the NFl, but he also clearly hasn’t lived up to that billing on a consistent basis, in terms of fantasy at least.
10. Reggie Bush - Detroit Lions RB
Someone should really dub Reggie Bush the King of Inconsistency because that’s what he’s been all year, which many fantasy owners can tell you. Overall, he’s been a monster, which can’t be forgotten—but he’s also had his fair-share of dud performances as well. Because of his high upside, you have to play him every week. However, for all of his monster games, there have been others where he’s doing near nothing and losing all of his workload to Joique Bell. This has pretty much been Bush’s calling card over the years, but that doesn’t make life a whole lot easier for fantasy owners.
9. DeMarco Murray - Dallas Cowboys RB
Of all of the players on this list, DeMarco Murray might be the least at fault for driving his owners crazy. Despite a few minor injuries, Murray has run quite well this season. However, the Cowboys play-caller, namely Jason Garrett, has shown a tendency to abandon the run late in games and, ultimately, stifle Murray’s production. If you’re a fantasy owner, that’s enough to make you want to fight an NFL head coach.
8. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions QB
Matthew Stafford brings out the split-personality in every fantasy owner. One minute, you’re going to be praising the way he’s hooking up with Megatron and driving. The next minute, you’re going to be cursing and possibly throwing things as Stafford made a dumb play and threw a pick. He’s going to put up yards and touchdowns, but don’t’ underestimate the immense levels of frustration that he’s going to be the cause of as well.
7. Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons WR
Much like everything with the Atlanta Falcons this season, success has eluded Roddy White this year. Spending most of the year battling injuries, White was ineffective early in the year, even sitting out a few games in the middle of the year which had never happened in his career. Now playing without Julio Jones at the other receiver position, White has been rendered mediocre-at-best. For someone considered an upper-tier wide receiver, that’ll make some owners pretty angry.
6. Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints WR
On a personal note, Marques Colston is one of my least favorite players to own in fantasy, but I always seem to end up with him in a couple of leagues. Colston in the New Orleans Saints’ offense always has the potential to go off, but he’ll also have games where he might as well have not bothered to put on a uniform. It’s awful to deal with as a fantasy owner and I’m pretty sure Colston has some sort of vendetta against me for reasons unknown.
5. Darren Sproles - New Orleans Saints RB
Darren Sproles came into this season with the Saints and everyone expected him to be the PPR-league monster that he has been at the running back position in recent seasons. However, he just hasn’t seen the workload or the big plays that we were spoiled by having from him in years past. Sure, he’s been banged up a little bit, but that doesn’t change the fact that Sproles hasn’t lived up to his billing. Throw in how great the Saints’ offense has been and how Sproles has been average and it’s even more of a kick to the groin.
4. Chris Johnson - Tennessee Titans RB
How many times are we going to be fooled by Chris Johnson only to realize that he hates everyone except for whoever writes his paychecks? Apparently we added one more time with this season. In ESPN leagues, Johnson was drafted at an average position of 26.9, making him the 25th pick in terms of average draft position rankings. Considering he is still over 150 yards away from 1,000 yards rushing this season, it’s pretty safe to say that taking him that high isn’t working out all too well.
3. Tom Brady - New England Patriots QB
Because he’s Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback ranked fourth among quarterbacks in average draft position according to ESPN. How has that worked out? In ESPN standard scoring, Brady is outside the top 10 in terms of fantasy points by quarterbacks this season at 11th. Without a strong cast of weapons and an inconsistent running game, the Pats and Brady haven’t been the offensive dynamos we’re used to, which has led to a lot of shouting about Brady wearing Uggs (I’m guessing) and other semi-derogatory remarks.
2. Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens RB
If you drafted Ray Rice thinking he was going to be Ray Rice, top-level running back, I send my condolences. Rice has had a few flashes here and there this season, but has been ineffective as a runner overall. It’s gotten to the point where many people have benched him for the playoffs because there are actually better options that people had as backups. For a player who likely went in the first round of your draft, that’s hardly the results you were looking for.
1. Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins QB
This is purely personal. Robert Griffin III, though he hasn’t had much team success, has been able to pick up garbage-time points and play decently as a fantasy quarterback for several of my teams. However, because of the circus he and the Washington Redskins have created that resulted in RG3 being benched, I had to start Jason Campbell this week in the playoffs in a couple of leagues. I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive Griffin for doing such an unspeakable thing to me.
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