Fantasy Football is heading into the heart of it’s season, and finally, the contenders and pretenders are starting to shine through. After one or two weeks of fantasy football, it can be a little difficult to pin down what kind of production you can expect from a player going forward. However, after about four or five weeks, most players have shown you what their value is going to be going forward.
The key to any successful fantasy football players is value — it’s not necessarily about who you draft, but WHEN you draft a certain player relative to how much production they give you. For example, even though quarterbacks score the most points, you don’t want to take one in the first couple rounds due to the fact that you can find a similar producing quarterback after round 10. Cam Newton was about a third or a fourth round pick, but he’s having a down year so far. Whereas Matt Ryan went largely undrafted, he’s been the best quarterback in the league so far.
Therefore, the names on this list aren’t a reflection of who is having the worst seasons, but rather who is performing the worst given their draft position. So, without furtger ado, these are the biggest fantasy football busts of the season so far:
7. Golden Tate
Golden Tate – who was drafted about 4 rounds ahead of Marvin Jones Jr – was supposed to be the Detriot Lions leading receiver. After all, in 2014, the year Calvin Johnson got hurt, Tate racked up 99 catches for 1,331 yards. Heading into the season, many assumed that Tate would resume his role as the focal point of the Lions passing attack. As it turns out, Jones Jr is the Lions’ number 1 receiver, and now Tate can be found on the waiver wire.
6. Alshon Jeffery
While Jeffery’s production this season has been decent, the fact is that he was drafted in the second round but is producing like a player drafted in the fifth or sixth. While Chicago’s quarterback situation and overall team is a mess, that is something that many thought would feed into Jeffery’s production: he’s the only good player on the team. Despite this, he’s only topped 100 yards once this season, and has yet to score a touchdown. As long as he’s healthy, he’ll be a relatively productive player, but certainly not worth the top 15-20 pick price tag he cost during draft season.
5. Jeremy Langford
Langford sucks, and anyone who drafted him is a fool. Unfortunately, a lot of people are fools. After filling in for Matt Forte last year – while he put up decent fantasy numbers – the tape showed a running back with zero power or ability to make people miss. Fantasy players are always looking for a three-down running back, which gave Langford some serious value. To the chagrin of those who drafted him, Langford has been anything but. Before getting injured in week 3, Langford rushed for a dismal 85 yards on 28 carries, good for a paltry 3.03 YPC. With Langford now in a walking boot and rookie running back Jordan Howard having a monster game in his first start, Langford looks pretty much unusable going forward.
4. Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins has some of the most tantalizing talent in the league. The fourth overall draft pick in the 2014 draft, Watkins had a solid, if not great, beginning to his career. Over the course of his first two seasons, Watkins hauled in 125 catches for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns. Although a small sample size, an average of 63 catches for 1,015 yards and 7 touchdowns per year is all you can ask for from a young reciever. Coming into year 3, many were expecting a breakout season from Watkins, however he produced anything but. Due to a nagging foot injury from last season, Watkins only had 6 catches for 42 yards this season until he was placed on injured reserve.
3. Doug Martin
Coming off a year where he was second in the league in rushing (behind only Adrian Peterson), many expected Martin to continue his top form into his fifth year. At only 27 years old and signing a massive contract with the Bucs in the offseason, fantasy players across the land expected Martin to be a focal point of an improving Tampa offense. Unfortunately for those who drafted him, Tampa has been erratic, and Martin went down with a hamstring after week 2. While Martin has a chance to save his season and recoup some of his value, his lack of production thus far, and the fact that he loses significant snaps to Charles Sims, makes Doug Martin a bust.
2. Rob Gronkowski
This is a tough one because now that Brady is back and Gronk is healthy, he will probably go on to have about 850 yards and another 8 touchdowns to close out the season. But that isn’t enough to keep him off this list. In most — if not all– drafts this year, Gronk was a consensus first round pick. Yes, he was nicked up. And yes, Brady was suspended for the first four games. But people were drafting Gronk in the first round nonetheless, and that’s what makes him a bust. Gronk has had less than TWO TOTAL POINTS over the first four games of the year, which is unacceptable for a first round pick, and could be potentially crippling for a fantasy squad. And for that reason — his inability to get into the game — Gronk is the second biggest bust of the season so far.
1. Odell Beckham Jr.
Look, I know that it seems like everyone is piling on Odell Beckham Jr, and frankly, it’s hard not to. Despite being a native New Yorker and having massive amounts of respect of the Giants organization, OBJ is a very hard dude to root for. But his troublesome in-game attitude isn’t the reason he’s on this list – his production is. OBJ, along with Antonio Brownm, Julio Jones, and David Johnson, was a consensus top-4 pick in drafts this year. But his production has been anything but. Beckham has only topped 100 yards once this year, and is yet to score a touchdown. By comparison, Julio has scored 3, AB has scored 4, and David Johnson has scored 3. Those three players are averaging about 20 fantasy points per game, while Beckham’s average is hovering around 10 or 11. Fair or not, Beckham was a top 4 overall pick, but is producing like he was drafted in the fourth round. There is simply no excuse for a man with that talent to be producing so little, and for that, he is the biggest bust of the fantasy season so far.