Sunday was a great day from a football fan standpoint. For some fantasy owners, however, it was a day to bang your head off the wall. All of those articles you read in the offseason and all of the research you’ve done didn’t matter once the games started. It all boiled down to what happened on the field and those projections you’ve clung to during the offseason lost their value in a matter of nine hours.
There were a number of players who took the field and did what they usually do, keeping their fantasy owners happy. There were others, however, who went out on the field Sunday and gave fantasy owners nationwide nothing more than indigestion and heartburn.
Here are five NFL Fantasy Football Duds from Sunday’s games.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills – I’ve seen Spiller taken as high as No. 2 overall in both mock and live drafts this offseason. His high stock was aided by his coach shooting off at the mouth about how heavy of a workload they planned on giving him. His final stat line for the day: 17 carries for 41 yards, 5 catches for 14 yards. For how high he was drafted and how much I’ve seen him go for in auctions, there may not have been a bigger fantasy disappointment over the weekend.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks – Everything I just said about Spiller can be said for Lynch. “Beast Mode” was supposed to be the one sure thing Seattle brought to the table in 2013 – everything else was just potential. Thanks to Lynch’s awful performance – 17 carries for 43 yards, 2 catches for 9 yards – the Seahawks almost blew a game to a lesser team. They can’t afford to do that in a division as competitive as the NFC West should be this season.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants – Everything had fallen into place for Wilson to be the main ball carrier in the Giant offense. Ahmad Bradshaw went to Indy. Andre Brown went down with an injury. The stage was set for Wilson to step up and start paying dividends for fantasy owners. Then he took the field. Final stat line: 7 carries, 19 yards, 2 fumbles lost. Nothing close to what owners are looking for in a starter.
Zach Sudfeld, TE, New England Patriots – By no means is he a proven star and if you gambled on him, I don’t feel bad for you. The problem is several notable media and fantasy outlets had Sudfeld climbing the fantasy ranks leading up to opening weekend. One site had him as the No. 8 tight end for the weekend in terms of projected production. As it turns out, Sudfeld was targeted once, with that pass glancing off his hands and being intercepted by the Bills.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Bryant was touted and projected by experts all offseason as the No. 2 overall fantasy receiver heading into 2013. Don’t get me wrong, that still could end up being the case. Missing a chunk of the game against the Giants with an ankle injury didn’t help matter, but the fact is that Bryant was in the game long enough to make a bigger impact than four catches for 22 yards. He did catch a 2-point conversion, but that’s little consolation to his fantasy owners.
I know there were many more disappointments over the weekend. Who stuck out in your mind? Let us know in the comments section below.
BY J.P. SCOTT ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
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