The Poo Poo Platter – Biggest Busts of Week 10 Fantasy Football
The Poo Poo Platter – Biggest Busts of Week 10 Fantasy Football
Love hurts. Love scars. Love wounds our fantasy football lineups. Here are the guys we love that did us wrong, the biggest busts of week eight Sunday football.
Jared Goff – For the second time this season, Jared Goff has managed to finish with negative fantasy points depending on how heavily your league penalizes turnovers. I have a league in which I forgot to remove Matt Moore from my lineup, but that was still better than playing Jared Goff. Even with 243 yards, the 2 interceptions and a fumble he lost were enough to sink Goff’s week, regardless of scoring.
Drew Brees – In the most surprising performance of the week, the Atlanta Falcons defense showed up and shut down the New Orleans Saints offense. Drew Brees would finish with 287 yards but could not find the endzone, leaving fantasy football owners who started him wanting. Brees should rebound in a big way next week against the Buccaneers, but this was a disappointing result given the home matchup against the Falcons.
Aaron Rodgers – We’ve seen this before; Aaron Rodgers leads his team down to the goal line and Aaron Jones takes it in for the score. Jones rushed for 3 touchdowns, leaving Aaron Rodgers without a score on the day, impacting his fantasy football production. This is now the second straight week in which Rodgers hasn’t performed well for fantasy since exploding the two weeks prior. It’s a bit of a mixed bag and it’s hard to count on the Packers week to week this season.
Kyle Allen – It honestly wasn’t a bad performance from Kyle Allen that cost the Panthers the game, as for the most part, he played pretty well. However, the two turnovers he did have came at killer moments in the game and it ultimately cost the Panthers as Christian McCaffrey came up 1 yard shy of a potential game-tying score (they still would have had to convert for 2 points to tie the game). It looked much better before they laid out the Saints, but Kyle Allen has a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons next.
David Johnson – I had firmly entrenched David Johnson as a sit this week and I even considered making him my sit of the week. The matchup was bad, the workload wasn’t projected to be a high volume affair and it panned out exactly as I had predicted, with DJ delivering a dud if you opted to start him. Honestly, I’m probably not considering starting DJ again until after this team returns from the bye week after they go on the road to San Francisco in their next matchup.
Latavius Murray – Sometimes, coach speak can be encouraging and other times it’s simply deceitful. If you chose to believe the coach speak when Sean Payton said Latavius Murray would retain a large role in this offense, you were fooled. Murray would see only 7 touches in the game and was largely inefficient with the few touches he did receive, as was the entire Saints offense. Murray is not a viable or consistent flex option when Alvin Kamara is healthy.
Saquon Barkley – It was so clear that Saquon Barkley wasn’t 100% in this game that I’m honestly surprised he wasn’t pulled earlier. Luckily, the X-rays have shown nothing of note and the team will now enter a much-needed bye week as they look to get several players, Barkley among them, healthy for the final stretch of the season. After the Bears and Packers matches, the Giants have arguably the best playoff schedule lined up against the Eagles, Dolphins, and Redskins.
David Montgomery – Remember how I had mentioned coach speak during the Latavius Murray entry on this list? Well, that positive coach speak had shown returns for two weeks as David Montgomery was becoming a focal piece of this offense. That was all forgotten on Sunday as the Bears struggled to beat a Lions team that was missing between 12-14 starters, including their star quarterback, Matt Stafford. You cannot trust the Bears, but you also cannot trade Montgomery right now, so if you held on to him, you’re hoping they get back to what they did the previous two weeks.
Ezekiel Elliott – The Vikings defense made a concerted effort to stop one of the best running backs in the game in Ezekiel Elliott. The blame should be put on the coaching though and not on Zeke. The Cowboys ran the ball on first down 15 of a possible 23 times and were stuffed on almost all of those runs. Zeke ran 20 times for just 47 rushing yards, but had 2 catches for 16 yards, showing there was more room in the short passing game for Zeke. However, the coaching staff did not adapt to this, as they seldom do (if at all), so Zeke finished with a bad day for fantasy football owners.
Robby Anderson – Excluding a 92-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, Robby Anderson has been an unmitigated bust at the wide receiver position. Anderson’s value is dependant on the deep ball, which, unfortunately, is not really a part of the Jets offense right now. This is because they simply don’t have time most plays for the deep shot to develop and Anderson simply isn’t being utilized, as evidenced by the measly 3 targets he saw on Sunday.
AJ Brown – A favorite streaming option this week, AJ Brown was plucked from waiver wires and started by many teams, especially when it was announced Corey Davis would likely miss the game. It didn’t translate into the stat sheets though, as Brown only pulled in 1 catch for 17 yards. He was only targeted four times in the game, which is an indicator of how much you can trust him for the rest of the season.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – This now marks the fourth time this season that JuJu Smith-Schuster has failed to top 50 yards. I have JuJu in our AEE Dynasty league and I was perfectly comfortable leaving him on my bench this week. JuJu hasn’t been trustworthy except in the best of matchups and I wasn’t about to start him when he’s being shadowed by a resurgent Jalen Ramsey. With that said, I do like JuJu as a bounceback candidate for the next two weeks against the Browns and Bengals.
Stefon Diggs – Even in Adam Thielen’s absence, Stefon Diggs has failed to produce for back to back weeks. With 4 catches for 53 yards through his last 2 games, Diggs and the Vikings passing attack has taken a backseat to Dalvin Cook and the run game. A road matchup in Denver doesn’t bode well for Diggs, which is exactly why I’ll suggest starting him next week as the Vikings will likely have to air it out more in Denver as Denver’s defense has actually been decent when playing at home.
Calvin Ridley – I really though Calvin Ridley might see some more work in this game as I expected Marshon Lattimore to be matched up with Julio Jones for most of the game. Even still, Ridley only saw 5 targets in the game and was ineffective once again for fantasy football. However, I’m holding on to Ridley for two reasons; a potential home matchup against the Buccaneers in two weeks and an unfortunate injury to Austin Hooper that could send more targets Ridley’s way.
Mike Gesicki – After a mini breakout last week, Mike Gesicki struggled to do much of anything but turn the ball over against the Colts. Even though he was second on the team in targets, Gesicki lost a fumble and was responsible for an interception as he let Darius Leonard wrestle the ball away from him. Gesicki is a spot starter for fantasy purposes, but he’s far from a reliable weekly option.
Jonnu Smith – Much to the chagrin of fantasy owners who started him, Jonnu Smith was not the fantasy-relevant tight end for the Titans in their big upset over the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith actually led the team in targets with 6, but only caught 4 catches for 30 yards and watched fellow tight end Anthony Firksher catch a touchdown. There should be better days for Smith for as long as Delanie Walker is out, this just wasn’t one of them.
TJ Hockenson – If Matthew Stafford had been able to play, it’s very possible TJ Hockenson would have had a bigger game. With Jeff Driskel at quarterback, he put up another average performance, reeling in 3 of 6 targets for 47 yards. As much as I wish I could buy in on TJ Hockenson this year, I just don’t see him ascending through the last gasp of the season, especially if Stafford is forced to miss more time.
Jimmy Graham – If not for a touchdown reversed on replay, Jimmy Graham might have found himself in the top ten for fantasy football tight ends this week on the strength of two catches. That’s basically what it’s been for fantasy football this year, a touchdown grab makes you a top ten tight end and unfortunately for those who started Jimmy Graham, he didn’t get one.
New Orleans Saints – It was easily the most shocking result of the week; the Atlanta Falcons went into New Orleans and beat the Saints. The Saints pass rush only mustered a single sack and even though they forced an interception, they allowed 26 points which sunk their fantasy football value. I think the Saints can be dropped as a potential landmine for desperate owners because their next three contests will be against the Buccaneers, Panthers and a re-match on the road against the Falcons.
Buffalo Bills – The day could have been very different for the Bills defense if not for an overturned defensive touchdown on what looked to be a fumble recovery but was deemed a forward pass. That play alone changed the Bills defense from boom to bust, as even though they did get a safety in the game, they were pushed around for the most part by the run game and failed to create any other turnovers. It could have been worse if not for approximately 10 goal-line stands that the Bills defense held on and they get the Dolphins next week.
Chicago Bears – The Bears’ defense is not that great in 2019. The fact that the Detroit Lions were able to move the ball pretty freely against the Bears in this game, nearly allowing themselves to get beat by a Jeff Driskel led team, is indicative of a larger problem besides Mitchell Trubisky being bad at quarterback. This simply isn’t the same level of defense we saw last year under Vic Fangio and I think they can be dropped as a potential landmine for other fantasy owners who are still enamored with the Bears name value.
Minnesota Vikings – The Purple People Eaters have played pretty well against the run lately, but Vikings defense is getting toasted through the air. Xavier Rhodes has struggled this season and so has the entire secondary, allowing 672 passing yards through the last two weeks. Granted, they faced the Chiefs and the Cowboys in that time, but this week they failed to create turnovers or sacks to make up for the points they’ve allowed to be put on the board.