With the fantasy football season drawing to a close next week in most leagues, owners had to navigate through some poor showings from a slew of skill players.
Cincinnatti’s A.J. Green caught just one pass for 37 yards on three targets in a win over San Francisco on Sunday, in 24-14 win. The superstar wideout played sparingly in the second half while being limited by a back injury he suffered on Saturday and the Bengals were ahead 21-0 at halftime. Owners had tempered expectations as it was with backup, A.J. McCarron, filling in for the injured Andy Dalton, but it doesn’t sting any less if you lost your matchup by a few points.
Indy’s T.Y. Hilton didn’t even manage to score a few points for his owners in a loss to division-rival Houston, 16-10. His inconsistent season continued with his third game of the season with less than 30 yards receiving as fantasy owners have almost lost all faith. Having backup Matt Hasselbeck under center the past five games has essentially stripped Hilton of his playmaking ability that we’ve see when Andrew Luck is leading the offense.
There were more familiar faces that mustered less than a few points and they could all be key reasons for why some of us are not in the fantasy playoffs. We have discussed Eddie Lacy, Lamar Miller and C.J. Anderson in previous Fantasy Woes articles as each running back has failed to deliver on their perceived value during the draft.
Week 15 was no different as Lacy lead the pack of misfits with 23 yards rushing yards on 11 carries and once again saw his backup, James Starks, out-gain him on the ground. Miller rushed the ball just nine times for 12 yards as it was the sixth time this year he has received less than 10 carries in a contest. Anderson might be the biggest bust of 2015 as he is the backup in Denver and has little to no value right now.
It was a tough afternoon for rookie Javorius Allen as the Baltimore tailback was on the sideline most of the game against Chiefs after a costly fumble for the second week in a row. He finished with four carries and 18 yards as the Ravens had to try and throw the ball more often in a 34-14 loss to the Cheifs. Miss Columbia and Steve Harvey probably had a worse day overall, but it is always embarrassing to score negative fantasy points.
Green Bay clinched a playoff spot by winning in Oakland, but Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb did not have much to write home about statistically speaking. A-Rod was not worth a high draft pick this year like Tom Brady, Russell Wilson or even Cam Newton, who was drafted a lot later. In fact, Blake Bortles is having a more comparable year to Rodgers from a fantasy perspective this season. Cobb has been a disappointment with just one, 100-yard receiving game as the team’s supposed No. 1 target.
It is not easy making it this far in a quest to hold up that shiny fantasy football championship belt, having to fight like cats and dogs or more like, Odell Beckham and Josh Norman did on Sunday. Best of luck to you in the fantasy Super Bowl and especially the Beckham owners who won’t have him on Sunday due to his suspension and cat fight.