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Fantasy Football Disappointments

We are now eight weeks into the fantasy football season, which means players have been given plenty opportunities to prove worthy of a spot on your roster as we inch closer to your leagues playoffs. It also means there are guys you've been trusting for eight weeks too long. Let's take a look position by position of the most disappointing players so far in 2016.

*Next to each players name, is their ADP by position according to


  • Cam Newton (1st QB drafted)
    • I, like so many others, put a lot of trust into drafting Cam Newton as the first quarterback selected in my league. So far it's proven as a waste of a third round pick. The reigning MVP is looking nothing like the 2015 Cam Newton. Cam did miss a few games due to injury so far, but his 1,508 passing yards rank 25th in the NFL. He ranks 31st completing just 57% of his passes, and  his 80.7 QB rating is 26th. Twice this year he has failed to throw a touchdown, and twice has just a single passing touchdown. Coming off an MVP season and getting a wide receiver like Kelvin Benjamin back from injury to form a nice duo with Greg Olsen made a lot of us believe that Newton would have a repeat of the 2015 season.
  • Russell Wilson (3rd QB drafted)
    • Looking at Russell Wilson's stats through eight weeks could make some people sick to their stomach, especially people who own him in fantasy. Aside from week four when he torched the Jets defense for three scores, Wilson has just two touchdowns in six games. And yes that includes rushing, which he just is not doing this year. Wilson has rushed for just 44 yards in 7 games, after rushing for 500+ yards the past three seasons. After three straight scoreless weeks, it's time to look for a better option at QB if you haven't already.

Running Backs

  • Todd Gurley (1st RB drafted)
    • After rushing for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games last season as a rookie, many people had Gurley ranked as their top back heading into the 2016 season. Those who drafted him in the first round, can not be happy with the lack of production to start this season. Despite ranking 8th in rushing attempts, Gurley is averaging under 60 yards per game and is averaging just 3 yards per carry. Gurley has been held to under 60 yards and out of the endzone in five of the Rams seven games this year.
  •  Mark Ingram (9th RB drafted)
    • This was the year that Mark Ingram was supposed to be a top dog at the running back position in the NFL. So far, he's been far from that. Ingram is averaging just 48.4 yards per game on the ground and has found the endzone just once.  Ingram is an awful fit in the Saints uptempo offense, and after losing fumbles in back to back games has found himself in the doghouse.

 Wide Receivers

  • Allen Robinson (6th WR drafted)
    • I saw Robinson get drafted in the top 15 of nearly every draft I took part of, and for good reason. Last year Robinson dropped a line of 80/1400/14. That's first round production. In his third season Robinson has been under performing to say the least. On 70 targets Robinson has just 32 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns. He has failed to reach 60 yards in five of seven games and has maxed out at 72 yards in week one. His 52.3 yards per game is not living up to 2016 pre season hype.
  • DeAndre Hopkins (4th WR drafted)
    • Teaming Hopkins up with a $18 million a year quarterback, would mean that Hopkins has a chance to set receiving records in 2016. Unfortunately that QB is Brock Osweiler. Hopkins after posting a stat line of 111/1521/11 in 2015, currently has a stat line of 40/434/3. At this rate, you can cut his 2015 numbers in half across the board.

Tight Ends

  •  Coby Fleener (6th TE drafted)
    • There was a lot of hype for Fleener signing with the Saints and for good reason. Teaming up with Drew Brees, a gunslinger who loves his tight ends maybe just as much as Tom Brady. 35 year old Ben Watson had a career year last year with the Saints (74 receptions, 109 targets, 825 yards and 6 touchdowns), so there was no reason to think Fleener wouldn't have a breakout season. 
  • Zach Ertz (9th TE drafted) 
    • What is with these tight ends from Stanford? Ertz has dealt with an injury this season but through five games has caught just 15 passes for 150 yards and no scores. His touchdowns have dropped in each of the first three seasons but his receptions and yardage has improved. After a 75 reception year, and a new QB in Philly, this was the year people thought Ertz would be a valuable fantasy football tight end. We'll see if he can turn things around in the second half of the year, but don't hold your breath.


  • Stephen Gostkowski (1st K drafted)
    • Gostkowski has been the best kicker in the NFL the past three seasons, making 33+ field goals all three years and kicking them at a 91.7% rate or better. In that span he has not missed more than three field goals in a season and was a combined 106/114 and connected on all 147 extra point attempts. 2016 has been a little rocky for the Patriots kicker. He's just 11/14 on field goal attempts and has missed two of his 26 extra points.
  •  Josh Brown (16th K drafted)
    • There has been a lot of bad kicking throughout the NFL, but I picked Josh Brown here for obvious reasons. Owners should be disappointed as he was 11/12 in five games and has been one of the best kickers in the league the past two seasons, making 54 of 58 kicks. 

Defense/Special Teams

  • Carolina Panthers (3rd Def drafted)
    • The Panthers defense led the NFL with 39 takeaways last season, scoring four touchdowns, sacking opposing quarterbacks 44 times and put up the fourth most points for D/ST . This year the defense is giving up nearly 27 points a game and has put up some serious stinkers for fantasy owners this year.
  •  New York Giants (18th Def drafted)
    • After spending $200 million to fix up a brutal defense, there were high hopes for the Giants defense in 2016. Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins are some of the best players at their position but yet the Giants defense still does not give fantasy owners anything to brag about. The Giants have six interceptions, four coming against Case Keenum in London and two came against Aaron Rodgers, meaning their other five games they have not recorded an INT. They also have recovered just one fumble, giving them a grand total of seven takeaways. They are also one of only two teams without at least 10 sacks on the year.

Fantasy Football Disappointments