The Poo Poo Platter – Biggest Busts of Week 11 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.
Deshaun Watson – This was far and away Deshaun Watson’s worst game of the season, because the last time he threw for less than 170 yards, tossed an interception and lost a fumble, he at least saved you with a rushing touchdown. That was way back in week 4 against the Carolina Panthers, so it surprised us when he went down so tragically against the Ravens. However, even though he has the ability to run, Watson is more of a pocket passer and so this is the floor.
Kyle Allen – At this point, I’m starting to wonder if Kyle Allen isn’t simply a product of Arizona’s defense. Since tossing 4 touchdowns against the Cardinals in week 3, Allen has only scored 6 touchdowns in his past 7 games. Cam Newton’s job may be safe because of how Kyle Allen has devolved and it’s due in part to two major factors; the play calling and Allen’s talent. I believe Allen is better suited to be a really good backup and you can’t have that kind of player throwing the ball 50 times in a game when you have Christian McCaffrey in the backfield.
Jared Goff – For the second straight week, Jared Goff has been an absolute bust for fantasy football. The sudden announcement of Robert Woods’ unavailability certainly rocked my fantasy lineups and affected the game plan for the Los Angeles Rams, who relied on Todd Gurley heavily for the first time this season. Goff has an encouraging slate of games coming up, but I won’t be playing him this week after what I’ve seen from the Baltimore Ravens’ defense recently.
Tom Brady – The offense isn’t explosive, but Tom Brady has played well considering his age. Brady has 14 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions on the season, but it’s just not translating for fantasy purposes. Brady only has two games this season with over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and they were both in the first five weeks of the season. The schedule is pretty up and down until the last two games, so unless I’ve got no alternative, I’m pivoting away from starting Tom Brady for fantasy.
Ronald Jones – After two solid weeks of production and being named the starter, it only makes sense that Ronald Jones would see 6 touches on Sunday, am I right? Fantasy owners of Jones were likely infuriated with how badly the game script got away from the Buccaneers, forcing them to throw the ball early and often, abandoning Ronald Jones and the run game for the most part. What looked like a good matchup against the Falcons is now questionable as well. Oy vey.
Latavius Murray – Hopefully, the two weeks you had Latavius Murray was enough to satisfy you per the draft investment many fantasy owners made in Latavius Murray, because unless Alvin Kamara gets injured again, Murray is irrelevant for the most part. Even with 10 carries, Murray found little to no room against a tough Buccaneers run defense and is likely to do much of the same against the Panthers, Falcons, and 49ers in his next three games.
Brian Hill – Honestly, I was put off by Brian Hill’s tweet to his fantasy owners. First of all, you’re a largely irrelevant player with limited talent and you should just be happy people even know who you are. Second, you played like trash because you have limited talent, so you can keep your snark to yourself bud. His irrelevance will continue against the Buccaneers tough run defense, so you can probably drop him for one of the hot RB waiver adds this week.
Sony Michel – Since the return of Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel hasn’t done much of anything for fantasy purposes. As a Sony Michel fantasy football owner, I’m holding onto Michel for one very important game in week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals, a game I expect the Patriots to both be leading in and running a lot more as they rest Tom Brady for the playoff stretch. Other than that, you should probably pivot away from Michel while Burkhead is stealing touches from him.
Tevin Coleman – Since exploding against the Carolina Panthers, Tevin Coleman has 77 yards and no touchdowns in his last 3 games. Coleman’s work in the receiving game is preventing him from being a total bust the last few weeks, but it hasn’t been enough to get him to double-digit fantasy production either. At this point, I don’t think you can feel safe playing any 49ers running back, as this is a true committee approach.
Tyler Boyd – Andy Dalton’s benching has tanked the Bengals’ wide receivers fantasy value, none more so than Tyler Boyd. Boyd was only targeted three times and he caught one pass for 0 yards. He added 10 rushing yards, but this was inconsequential on the day. Even in a favorable matchup, the Bengals wide receivers cannot be trusted.
Mohamed Sanu – After a solid game against the Baltimore Ravens, it was surprising to see Mohamed Sanu only targeted 4 times. This could be because, during the Ravens game, he tweaked his ankle, but it wasn’t enough to force him out of that game. However, it may be what limited him on Sunday and will be worth monitoring going forward.
Allen Robinson – Can we get this guy a quarterback? At this point, Allen Robinson has to be dreaming of his Jacksonville days with Blake Bortles, because Mitchell Trubisky has been a complete abomination as far as an NFL starting quarterback is concerned. I would probably start Allen Robinson against the New York Giants in spite of his quarterback, but I won’t be happy about it.
Marquise Brown – Hollywood put out a D rated flick this week as Marquise Brown was basically not needed in this contest as the Ravens walked over the Houston Texans. Brown was still nursing an ankle injury entering the contest, so it’s worth noting his health status as this is preventing him from breaking off the deep play that he’s known for. It will be interesting to see how much of Jalen Ramsey the Ravens rookie wide receiver will see, but in any event, I’m probably fading Hollywood this week.
Amari Cooper – Although he did not carry an injury designation going into the game, Amari Cooper was limited by a lingering knee injury. Cooper finished with only 3 catches on 48 yards, but he also only played on 55% of the team’s snaps. It doesn’t get any easier for Amari Cooper, as the Cowboys will go on the road against the Patriots before hosting the Bills, then back on the road to Chicago. It’s a bad schedule and with the knee injury, Cooper’s status will need to be monitored closely.
Darren Fells – The Houston Texans got steamrolled by the Baltimore Ravens, so it’s not surprising that Darren Fells did not do much of anything in this game. Fells only saw three targets and caught just one pass for 18 yards on the day. Given how the Texans have played this year, I’m willing to believe this was more of an outlier than the norm for this offense.
Gerald Everett – With Robert Woods surprisingly being deemed inactive before the game, you’d think that Gerald Everett would have seen more work. However, the Rams leaned heavily on the run and Everett only caught one pass for 20 yards. Next week should be more of a shootout against the Baltimore Ravens, so hopefully, Gerald Everett is able to get healthy and produce more for fantasy football owners.
Eric Ebron – Neither of the Colts’ tight ends did much of anything in this game and they didn’t need to. Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle both saw limited opportunities in this game, but it was because of the Colts proclivity and proficiency in running the football. I still think Ebron is a week to week proposition to catch a touchdown, so you can still rely on him as an upside play.
Noah Fant – He may have found himself on the shortlist this week, but I was very encouraged by what I saw from Noah Fant on Sunday. He finished with 4 catches for 60 yards, but Fant was targeted an incredible 11 times on the day. That kind of volume is top receiver-type targets, so the fact that Noah Fant is at least seeing plenty of opportunities makes him the kind of guy I want to take a shot on.
Houston Texans – There hasn’t been a team this year that can contain Lamar Jackson and the Houston Texans didn’t even come close. Jackson torched them for 4 touchdowns and busted off electric runs all game long. The Texans defense had a tremendous game against Jacksonville before the bye week, but they’re not a week to week fantasy defense that you can rely on.
Carolina Panthers – Kyle Allen sunk the team due to his 4 interceptions, so it’s not surprising that the Panthers defense was largely ineffective for fantasy football. The Panthers have allowed 124 points in the last 4 weeks and they cannot be trusted as a fantasy defense. With that said, I’ll be keeping an eye on them to pick them up next week for when they get the Redskins at home in week 13.
Chicago Bears – Mitchell Trubisky is definitely holding this team back, but the Chicago Bears’ defense also isn’t performing as well as last year. The Bears are still good, but they’re not great and they’ll have a tough matchup against the visiting New York Giants squad that has shown they can put up points. The Bears haven’t surpassed 15 fantasy points since week 4 and I don’t know that they will again this season.
Los Angeles Rams – The Rams defense has actually played well the last 4 weeks, including this week against the Chicago Bears. However, they still finished in the bottom half of fantasy points for defense and they have a murderer’s row of offenses on the docket for the final stretch of the season. They’ll face the Ravens, Cardinals, Seahawks, Cowboys, and 49ers to close out the season, all matchups I’d rather avoid for my defense.