Week 11 saw a wild and crazy series of defensive scores, which means that for a lot of the following guys it was entirely likely that a D/ST unit outscored a guy who you spent big bucks to add to your roster. These are going to be big names who didn’t exactly have big games. As always all points mentioned are in standard scoring.
QB: Jason Campbell, 7pts
As a Browns fan this one hurts. This guy was a sneaky waiver wire/injury pickup after posting 20 and 24 points in his first few starts. In a game that at the Browns had to win the wheels completely came off for Campbell. Three interceptions in a game where he set a record for the most short passes under ten yards is simply unacceptable. Possibly even more frustrating is that since Campbell took over he seems to have forgotten that Jordan Cameron is good at catching touchdowns. I never thought I would be pining for Brian Hoyer, but here we are.
RB: CJ Spiller, 1pt
Spiller has to be a contender for bust of the year. After setting the NFL on fire last season with long run after long run CJ has failed to launch. In a game his team won 37-14 one would thing that big lead = running to chew clock. Apparently not enough as Spiller managed to turn 13 carries into a whole 6 rushing yards. Granted the Jets run defense is tough, but for a guy who only needs one big play to end up in the endzone Spiller just hasn’t seen enough daylight this week or for most of this season.
RB: Andre Ellington, 1pt
Two games ago, with Rashard Mendenhall out Ellington ran for 154 yards and a touchdown. Since the plodding, not as good, ham and egg, why-the-heck-is-he-still-the-starter!? Mendenhall has returned? 7 total points for the explosive Ellington. This particular dud came versus a Jaguar team ranked 25th against the run. In a league full of frustrating platoons the one in Arizona has to be amongst the most annoying.
WR: Mike Wallace ,3pts
A strong candidate for bust of the year at his position, the mercurial Wallace has whined himself into getting the targets, and is simply not turning them into points. The Dolphins blatantly overpaid for the former Steeler wideout only for him to underperform. Against a so-so San Diego Charger secondary Wallace averaged about 6 yards a catch and again was held out of the endzone. At this point in the season it’s starting to look like Wallace isn’t even the best fantasy WR on his team.
WR: Riley Cooper, 3pts
This is actually somewhat praise, as the fact that hes been white hot over the previous 2 weeks means that a 3 catch 37 yard performance against a 26th ranked pass defense like Washington is less than we expected from Cooper. The chemistry he has displayed with Nick Foles taking the snaps has definitely swung a few playoff races for owners who added him late. One has to wonder if this is back to reality or a blip for the country music loving wideout.
TE: Jordan Cameron, 2pts
It’s with a heavy heart that I place Jordan Cameron on this list as a Browns fan living in Minnesota I saw him obliterate the Vikings what seems like only yesterday. Before Campell took over Jordan Cameron was the tight end most targeted in the red zone, higher than even Red Zone monster Jimmy Graham. Now it seems like he has become an afterthought in a suddenly Josh Gordon or bust passing attack. I’m begging you Jason Campbell, don’t do this to me next week against the Steelers.
D/ST: Falcons, -4pts
For a team that had Superbowl aspirations to start the season things couldn’t be worse for the Atlanta falcons as was evidenced by their 41-28 loss to the suddenly feisty Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These same Buccaneers starting a backup at quarterback, Mike Glennon, who spent a majority of the day handing the ball to a twice released running back, Bobby Rainey. After the dust settled it became clear that this is a team who just has no interest in tackling at this point of the season.
K: Nick Folk, 1pt
Folk missed his first field goal of the year en route to giving fantasy owners all of one point. While the offense and defenses struggles can’t be pinned on him you had to be hoping for more.
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