Few things are more frustrating for a fantasy owner than watching a potential TD bomb slip through the fingers of an NFL receiver. Football fans long remember butterfingers blunders like the dropped egg by Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2010. That drop was his fifth of the day, it cost the Bills the game – and fantasy owners lost out on ten valuable fantasy points. Not to menton what it cost his quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
While it is a rather young official NFL statistic, former Fantasy stud WR Terrell Owens had 27 drops in two years for Dallas, and bad hands basically ruined Braylon Edwards' once promising career. Let's take a look at some studs that didn't take care of the ball in 2011. Accidental or a trend -- you need to decide before pulling the trigger on Draft Day
Roddy White , WR, Atlanta Falcons
Though he's consistently put up WR1 type fantasy numbers over the past five seasons, Falcons WR Roddy White is in dire need of some stick 'em. The Rowdy one was credited with a league leading 15 drops during the 2011 season. When you consider that White is normally running a deep out, one has to believe that at least a couple of those drops would have hit pay dirt had they been caught.
Analysis: Having the drops turned into catches would be nice, but White is still a stud fantasy receiver.
Dwayne Bowe , WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe tied for second with 12 drops in 2011. Another huge talent, Bowe's drops hurt more than White's given how many points Kansas City scored last season. The Chiefs were second to last with 212 points in 2011; the St Louis Rams were last at 193. Drops are nothing new for Bowe as they have plagued him throughout his career. He'll still catch a bundle during the 2012 NFL season.
Analysis: A more pressing concern for Bowe is who will be throwing him the ball in Kansas City.
Brandon Marshall , WR, Miami Dolphins.
Despite catching everything in sight during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowe (six catches, including one off his knee, for 176 yards and four TD), Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall tied Bowe with 12 drops in 2011. Though his fumble fingers routine is not really new, Marshall has had 469 catches in five full seasons. The players surrounding Marshall in Miami are more of a concern than his greased tips.
Analysis: If the Dolphins can shore up a quality quarterback, Marshall will be a 2012 stud.
Greg Little, WR, Cleveland.
In his first full NFL season, Greg Little completed the three-way tie for the second most dropped passes in 2011 with 12 that slipped through his fingers. We will chalk this up to rookie jitters as Little adjusts to being a full time wide receiver on the big stage. However, if the former Tar Heel hopes to become the go-to guy in Cleveland, he had better be working on catching the pigskin during the off-season.
Analysis: Like Bowe, the concern is who will be chucking the pigskin for the Brownies in 2012.
Jermicheal Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers
As a fantasy owner who drafted Packers TE Jermicheal Finley in 2011 (RD 5 – 55 OA), watching him continuously drop balls nearly resulted in the need for a new flat screen at StatsGuru Central. After impressive spurts early in his career, Finely was positioned for a breakout season playing on the offensive machine in Green Bay. While his fifth overall TE ranking looks impressive, for all intents and purposes, Finley was a bust in 2011.
Analysis: QB Aaron Rodgers has lots of hands to feed. Finley better cure his case of the drops – fast.