The Poo Poo Platter – Biggest Busts of Week 9 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.

QB

Jacoby Brissett – Unfortunately, Jacoby Brissett went down early after Quenten Nelson was pushed back into him, rolling up on his leg. Brissett is now dealing with a knee sprain that head coach Frank Reich acutely diagnosed the injury as “MCL-ish”. Hopefully, Brissett isn’t forced to miss too much time, for the Colts’ sake.

Mitchell Trubisky – The de-evolution of Mitchell Trubisky has been one of the most prominent storylines of the NFL this year, but at some point, the pain stops being funny. The Bears would be better off starting Chase Daniel, but for some strange reason, head coach Matt Nagy is choosing to go down with the ship and continue starting Trubisky. At least they have a decent matchup in the Lions next.

Dwayne Haskins – You probably weren’t starting Dwayne Haskins anyways, but I added him to the list for not imploding enough to help boost the Buffalo Bills’ defense into a top 5 fantasy defense, as they were a popular streaming option. I actually would have been happier with Haskins if he had turned the ball over some more.

Gardner Minshew – Minshew Mania crashed and burned but he actually looked pretty good for most of the game all things considered. He definitely imploded in the final minutes of the game, overthrowing the ball twice leading to back-to-back interceptions. However, Minshew still managed to top 300 yards, something Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t done all season, so it wasn’t all bad. We’ll see if Minshew is able to hold on to the job coming out of the bye week.

Aaron Rodgers – I have to say, I was very surprised to see just how much the Green Bay Packers offense struggled against the Los Angeles Chargers. Rodgers managed to save the day from a fantasy football perspective thanks to a touchdown and running in a two-point conversion, however, it was a far cry from the previous two weeks. They’ll have to look to bounce back against a tough defense in the Panthers, but they’ll be playing at home.

RB

Alexander Mattison – If you took a deep dive shot on Alexander Mattison, it didn’t work out for you as he was suddenly taken out of the game plan and received only three carries. Ameer Abdullah was featured as the primary backup as the Vikings looked to implement a passing attack game plan against the Chiefs. That meant Mattison spent most of the day on the sideline.

LeSean McCoy – It’s a bit mysterious as to why Lesean McCoy was so underutilized, but it appears the Chiefs simply elected to ride the hot hand with Damien Williams. As such, McCoy only received 4 touches in the game and was a major bust for fantasy football. It’s impossible to tell how this will break down going forward, but McCoy has definitely lost most of what little shine he had left.

Frank Gore – It was tough sledding and an absolutely infuriating day for Frank Gore fantasy owners who tried to stream him, as he managed just 15 yards on 11 carries. What was so frustrating was watching Gore get stuffed at the goal line on one play sequence three straight times. Given the amount of touches Devin Singletary received in the game, Gore’s fantasy-relevant days could be numbered for 2019.

Royce Freeman – After two straight solid weeks of production, Royce Freeman took a backseat to Phillip Lindsay and received only 5 carries in this game. Now heading into the bye week, it’s fair to wonder what sort of role Royce Freeman will have, especially if Phillip Lindsay is able to be more involved in pass blocking assignments.

Sony Michel – This is going to be a tough stretch for Sony Michel. Michel finished with only 4 carries as the Patriots quickly fell into a passing game script. After the bye week, the Patriots will have an onslaught of top offenses, including the Eagles, Cowboys, Texans, and Chiefs. If the Patriots are not leading, Sony Michel will struggle for your fantasy team, especially with Rex Burkhead becoming more involved in the game plan.

Aaron Jones – Has there been a more hot and cold running back for fantasy football than Aaron Jones? After dominating through the air last week, the entire Green Bay Packers offense was shut down and Jones put up a dud for fantasy football. You really can’t do anything but gripe about the weeks where Jones disappoints you, because when he goes off he’s a week-winner.

WR

Desean Jackson – If you were one of the fantasy owners that tried to run out Desean Jackson, you were quickly disappointed as D-Jax left the game after making one catch because he “felt weird”. He will now undergo surgery and will miss 4-6 weeks, which basically ends his 2019 season for fantasy purposes. I thought D-Jax would be a solid deep threat for Carson Wentz this year, but it hasn’t worked out that way.

Diontae Johnson – It seemed like Diontae Johnson was emerging as a solid number two receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Mason Rudolph is going to hinder whatever progress Johnson could make this year. Rudolph refuses to throw the ball downfield, averaging just 5.5 yards per pass attempt and throwing 13 passes to Jaylen Samuels. This is just a gross offense right now and it’s difficult to accurately project anyone in the passing game.

Allen Robinson – It finally happened, Allen Robinson’s fantasy value is being affected by Mitchell Trubisky. It was one of the best matchups Robinson has had all year and Trubisky couldn’t even top 150 yards, limiting Robinson’s production off the cuff. Then, on a  potential deep touchdown play, Trubisky underthrew the ball resulting in an incompletion. It’s gross in Chicago right now.

Stefon Diggs/Adam Thielen – 167, 143, 143 and… 4. That’s how many receiving yards Stefon Diggs has in the last four games. What’s more concerning is that Adam Thielen exited the game early when he re-aggravated his hamstring injury and Diggs was still a total non-factor. Chalk it up to an excellent Chiefs’ game plan as opposed to a recurring stat line for Stefon Diggs.

Chris Conley – Once it was announced that Dede Westbrook would miss the game, Chris Conley seemed like an excellent streaming option. He had 7 targets in the game as it was clear Gardner Minshew was looking his way, but unfortunately, he struggled to reel in any more than 2 catches due to the Texans tight coverage.

Keenan Allen – If you’re a Keenan Allen owner, you’ve been incredibly disappointed with his production since week 3. Regardless of the matchup, Allen has failed to top 75 yards or catch a single touchdown since his monster game in week 3.

TE

Mark Andrews – Predictably, Mark Andrews didn’t have a great game against the New England Patriots defense. However, it was Andrews’ lowest snap share of the season, which could be attributed to the Ravens’ run dominant game plan, which featured Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle over Mark Andrews. Hurst and Boyle are considered better blockers, so it’s worth monitoring when the Ravens are more likely to employ this type of game plan as it could affect Andrews’ production.

Jonnu Smith – After breaking out last week, it’s disappointing that Jonnu Smith finished with only 3 catches for 18 yards. However, he was still heavily involved in the offense and his 5 targets were behind only Corey Davis and Dion Lewis. For as long as Delanie Walker is out, Jonnu Smith is a serviceable tight end streaming option, especially given the other options available on the waiver wire.

Darren Waller – If not for his touchdown reception last week, it would be back to back weeks for Darren Waller on the fart list. While Waller remains a large part of this offense, opposing defenses are starting to key in on the breakout tight end. The two targets are concerning, but I think he should see added volume down the stretch of the season.

Darren Fells – His touchdown saved you from an abysmal week, but Darren Fells only had 1 reception for 1 yard and the score. When you score a touchdown and still come in under double digits though, it’s because you weren’t a great fantasy option. Fells is being heavily utilized in the red zone though, so I’d hold him through the Texans’ upcoming bye week.

Ryan Griffin – I put Ryan Griffin on this list solely so I could complain about the “catch rule”, which reared its ugly head on Sunday in the Jets game. Griffin caught a 2-yard touchdown that would have made him one of the highest-scoring tight ends this week, but the play was ultimately overturned. It was exasperating, to say the least.

DEF

Denver Broncos – Even though they held the Cleveland Browns under 20 points, the Denver Broncos were unproductive as a defensive fantasy streamer. The Broncos only had 2 sacks and did not create any turnovers, so if you tried to stream the Broncos as I did, you were likely disappointed with the result.

Seattle Seahawks – Once upon a time, the Legion of Boom was a vaunted and feared defense, especially playing at home. These days though, the Seattle Seahawks rely on the offense to win them games, not the defense. The Seahawks surrendered 34 points to the Buccaneers after giving up over 500 yards of offense last week against the Falcons. You cannot rely on the Seahawks defense this year except in the most exceptional matchups.

New England Patriots – For the first time this year, the New England Patriots were a bottom half defense instead of a top-five defense. Action Jackson proved he cannot be contained as he rushed for 2 touchdowns and threw for another and the Patriots lost their first game of the season. Fantasy owners should consider trading the Patriots defense following the bye week, as they’ll have a much tougher schedule in the back half of the season. 

Chicago Bears – Mitchell Trubisky. Chuck Pagano. These are the two reasons the Bears’ defense hasn’t been elite this year. Trubisky is turning the ball over and forcing the defense to play elongated stretches and Chuck Pagano has this team operating as a good but not great defense. The defense cannot carry the offense as it has in the past and it might be time to bail out on the Bears’ defense altogether.

Tennessee Titans – The Titans defense is above average, but they haven’t played as such the last few weeks. The Titans have given up 73 points in 3 weeks and now they’ll get the Chiefs up next with a possibly returning Patrick Mahomes. With a bye week after that, the Titans defense is safe to drop right now.

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