You drafted a Buffalo running back
…Buffalo. Okay, Fred Jackson was actually playing fairly well recently. He had 57 points through the first six games, doing what he always does: Giving you a little bit of everything and taking the majority of the team’s goal-line snaps. But then he was carted off the field in Week 7 against Minnesota with a groin injury and hasn’t contributed anything in fantasy in at least a month. Too bad.
Next to him is/was C.J. Spiller, an even more talented back that has been dripping with potential ever since exploding for nearly 1,300 yards on 6.0 yards per carry in 2012. In the same game that Jackson got hurt, Spiller broke his collarbone and will probably miss the rest of the season. Even before that, however, Spiller had just 287 yards rushing on the season, and since Week 3, he’d scored just 19 total points.
The Bills are still in the thick of the playoff race, but for fantasy owners who figured the backs were solid choices considering Buffalo’s promise to run a lot of plays and run often, it’s been a tough season.
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You took Calvin Johnson with your first pick
One of the odder subplots of this season has been the absence of big plays from Calvin Johnson. (You could also put A.J. Green in this spot but his lack of production is due almost entirely to injury. Johnson’s is a little more surprising.) Seriously, he opened up the season by going off against New York, embarrassing them for 164 yards and two highlights touchdowns for 28 fantasy points. You know how many touchdowns he has since then? Zero. It’s one of the longest droughts of his career. You know how many fantasy points he has since then? Seventeen.
Of course, it’s not completely his fault. He’s missed time with a high right ankle sprain and, in fact, outside of Golden Tate, the entire Lions offense has struggled, everyone from Reggie Bush to Matthew Stafford. But Johnson is one of the biggest names in the game and routinely gets drafted in the late first round. So far, he hasn’t been able to live up to that billing. We’re waiting on him to challenge all of Jerry Rice‘s records, but this year, he’s been a lot closer to Sidney Rice.
He HAS to pick it up soon. We’re expecting it.
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We’re right around the halfway point of the NFL season, which means you probably know by now whether you have a chance in your fantasy league or whether you should throw up the white flag and start trading fantasy football busts for peanuts to your best friends. We all have beef with certain scenarios that played out this year, from the guy who took Knowshon Moreno with his first or second pick to the crazed Steelers fan who only picked Pittsburgh players and now wants a do-over.
Each year is the same, from injuries to suspensions to players not picking up where we expected, and that’s part of the fun. Unlike any other sport, there’s a level of unpredictability in football. Like the NCAA Tournament, anyone can win. Anyone can look like a genius. Did you think DeMarco Murray would explode the way he has? Did you think Andrew Luck would become far and away the best quarterback in the NFL? Unless you’re a Colts or Cowboys fan, you probably didn’t see this coming.
Early in the season we gave you five position battles to watch in fantasy football and, interestingly, while some have been decided others are still up in the air, like the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams running back spots. But we also threw out five questions that would probably decide your league and guess what? Many of them show up here again. We were right…in a way.
With most fantasy leagues hitting the regular season home stretch, we know some of the ballers have a little explaining to do. Here are 5 Ways You Got Screwed Over in Fantasy Football This Year.
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