With all the mediocre performances and disappointments, creating this list of the top fantasy football woes for Week 10 was not an easy talk.
Starting backwards with Monday night’s contest, the Texans went on the road to hand the Bengals their first loss of the season by a score of 10-6. Andy Dalton and the Cincinnatti offense were 4-for-14 on third downs as dropped passes and missed throws were mostly to blame. Dalton finished with just under 200 yards passing and an interception in what was just his second noticeably bad outing in 2015.
Cincinnati was driving late for the game-winning score when A.J. Green caught a pass and was stripped on the Houston’s 23-yard line with less than 45 seconds left in the game to essentially end the game. It likely brought back bad memories for Dalton and the Bengals who got beat up by the Texans’ defense in playoff loses in both 2011 and 2012. Things got better during postgame coverage when J.J. Watt said that he and his teammates made the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun and the Fantasy Woe of the Week.
It is extremely hard to overlook Denver’s Peyton Manning as the week’s worst performer with just five completions and four interceptions in less than three quarters of play. Kansas City knocked Manning out of the game in the third quarter and has already been ruled out of Week 11’s matchup with hurt ribs and a bad foot. One would hope that most owners benched him considering his recent struggles and nagging foot injury that was reported all week leading up to the game.
Denver has now lost two straight games after starting the season 7-0 and there is legit cause for concern even when Manning returns. The running game has been bad overall and the offensive line is very inexperienced still, so starting anyone on that offense going forward may be a liability. The Broncos are now the league’s 28th best offense after being ranked fourth in 2014, which is almost more humbling than Rhonda Rousey getting knocked out by Holly Holm Saturday night.
Drew Brees is another high-profile quarterback who let his team and fantasy owners down on Sunday as New Orleans got trampled in Washington, 47-14. Brees hooked up with Brandin Cooks for two touchdowns, but that was all the offense could muster against a soft Washington secondary who picked him off twice. Safety Dashon Goldson took one of those interceptions back to the house in the fourth quarter to put the proverbial nail in the coffin.
With the departure of Jimmy Graham this past offseason, Brees and the New Orleans offense does not possess the same play-making ability especially in the red zone. The Saints now sit at 4-6 heading into the bye week and Brees’ numbers have declined some with fewer weapons in the passing game and that was expected.
Tony Romo is expected to return to the lineup this week and it could not come any sooner as the Cowboys have now lost seven straight games after falling to the Buccanneers, 10-6. It has been a debacle in Dallas and both Dez Bryant and Darren McFadden hardly produced a thing on Sunday with Matt Cassell as the makeshift starter. America’s team has imploded since losing Romo, who was playing well before breaking his collarbone in Week 2 and now we see how valuable he is to the team. The Cowboys release both quarterback, Brandon Weeden, and running back, Christine Michael in hopes to go on a winning streak as the ‘Boys still have a chance of making the playoffs.
That’s it for this week’s top fantasy woes. I hope you didn’t start too many of the players mentioned in this article. Make sure to sign up (for free) to the VIP Waiver Wire List to get the weekly waiver adds sent straight to your inbox.