He Hate Me: Fantasy Football's Most Frustrating Performers
There is something scary about seeing Vincent Jackson in a starting lineup, whether it is yours or your opponents, just before kickoff on Sunday. The explosive wide-out can single-handedly win your match-up with 2 or 3 catches. However, we have all suffered through the disappearance of
Easily the most frustrating player in fantasy football in 2011, Vincent Jackson single-handedly won some games, but frustratingly lost his fair share too. Like clockwork,
Perhaps the 2nd most frustrating WR in the NFL, DeSean Jackson has frustrated many. Combined with the re-emergence of Michael Vick in
We are still waiting Shonn Greene. After a strong showing at the tail end of 2010 and the playoff run, fantasy owners expected Greene to finally take over the New York Jets running game. However, Greene only brought frustration to those expecting a RB2 floor, but hoping for much more. Greene was supposed to be a bruiser, the ideal back to finish off drives, but the Iowa Hawkeye was anything but. Greene managed a 3 TD game in week 13, but unfortunately it was long after his owners had either given up on him or were outside looking in on the playoffs. Greene averaged a paltry 6.5 points through 12 weeks, best for most benches and when he managed to surpass 10 points, the follow-up week was a decline 90% of the time. Aspirations were high for Greene in 2011, but much like the rest of the Jet offense, his production was awful and rarely worth a start in standard leagues (don't even bring up PPR). Backup RB Joe McKnight reportedly added 15 pounds in the off-season, which may find Greene riding the bench in more than fantasy leagues.
Less player specific, owners should avoid Mike Shanahan RBs like the plague. No longer willing to rely on 1, even 2 consistent back, Shanahan had many owners sweating early Sunday morning trying to decide which back will get the majority of touches. In 2011, the Washington Redskins experienced 4 different leading rushers in 17 games. Granted, injuries played a partial role (as Tim Hightower appeared to be "the guy" through the 1st 3 weeks), but at the same time injuries may have forced Shanahan to give 1 guy the carries (limiting the fickle coach's options). As a rookie, it appeared Roy Helu (who led the team in rushing) did enough in 2011 to solidify his role as the starting back for 2012. However, early in the off-season, Shanahan has again been non-committal and to further muddy the situation,
This has less to do with the players themselves and more to do with the fantasy's biggest platoon conundrum. Both talented and incredible handcuffs, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams have frustrated owners since the combined 2300+ rushing yards and 30 TD explosion of 2008. Many expect Stewart to finally move on after the upcoming season, but not without one last parting shot to owners. Stewart appeared to be the back to own early in 2011, scoring points in 4 of 8 weeks. However, worried about owners getting too comfortable, the Panthers changed it up after their bye. When Cam Newton wasn't dominating the goal line, DeAngelo Williams seemed to be the one putting up the points. After the bye, Williams put up at least 10 points in 5 of 8 games, while Stewart only surpassed 10 once (not counting the usually irrelevant week 17). Perhaps the only thing more frustrating than watching RB2 points rot on your bench is watching your actual RB2 put up Williams' 3 points per game or Stewart's 5 per game (games in which they didn't surpass 10). With newly signed Mike Tolbert and physical freak