Usually it’s all about the top fantasy football sleepers every week as you dig deep for those players who can help lead your fantasy team to the promised land. However, as we all know, fantasy football isn’t always fun and games. You’ll have players go off one week, then come back the next week and drop a donut. That’s what I’m here to help you avoid in week 6.
Here are a few fantasy busts you want to avoid this week in fantasy football:
QB, Josh McCown, Cleveland Browns
The hottest name in fantasy football has undoubtedly been the journeyman quarterback, Josh McCown. Throughout the offseason he and the rest of the Browns offense received tremendous heat as they were declared a black hole this year in fantasy–it has been every bit the opposite. McCown has paved the way for other guys like Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge. McCown even had the most fantasy points of any player last week and has been a top 5 fantasy QB the past two weeks, as well.
Yes, this is still the busts list for week 5–I just wanted to recognize the tremendous job McCown has done. McCown hasn’t faced any defenses worth noting thus far, but it’s much different this week. McCown is set to face off against the top ranked Denver Broncos defense–they allow just 7 points per week to opposing QBs and have allowed a league-low 3 TD passes to 7 interceptions. I do like McCown as a regular QB1 from here on out, just not this week.
QB, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Even coming off a bye week, I don’t trust Cam Newton on the road in Seattle. While he has been playing well through the early course of the season and is off to arguably the best start of his young career, he has proven to be inconsistent in the past. He is even coming off a game against a Tampa Bay defense where he posted a QBR of 19.7 with less than 125 passing yards. Newton has a very poor supporting cast around him and the Seahawks defense will be stuck to his receivers like glue.
If Newton will have a fantasy impact this week, it will likely come on the ground. Even then, I wouldn’t trust him to rack up a good fantasy performance. Look to a sleeper like Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater this week if you have been riding Newton.
RB, Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Many hopped on the CJ2K bandwagon at the start of the season and are still on their one-way trip. The veteran Johnson got off to a great start and has played surprisingly well, but his days as a fantasy starter are fading.
With the return of Andre Ellington, the Cardinals backfield gets even more crowded. Ellington entered the season as the #1 RB and will see a steady increase in carries in the coming weeks. On the other hand, Johnson’s starting role will diminish, as will his carries. Johnson’s carries have decreased the past two weeks and he has scored a TD in only one game this season. To make matters worse, he faces a Pittsburgh defense that allows only 11 points per week to RBs–2nd best in the league.
WR, Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Ever since his 3 TD performance against Kansas City on Monday Night Football, Randall Cobb has been on airplane mode–despite serving as Rodgers’ top target, although James Jones would disagree.
Cobb has posted horrific fantasy performances the past two weeks with only 67 receiving yards and no TDs. He very well could be in for a bounce back week against San Diego, but he faces a pass defense that allows just 13 points per week to opposing WRs. The Chargers were even able to keep Antonio Brown in check, holding him to 3 catches for 45 yards this past Monday night.
TE, Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
What a disappointment Jimmy Graham has been so far this season, not only from a fantasy standpoint, but from a Seahawks front office standpoint. When Graham was traded to Seattle, fantasy owners drooled at the possibilities of him in that Seattle offense. While he has been a bust throughout the season, he appears on this week’s list due to the lack of premier fantasy tight ends this year.
In 5 games, Graham has just 2 TDs to his credit. He has failed to post a 100 yard performance or a multi-TD performance yet this season, way below expectations for him prior to the season. In the past 2 weeks, he has just 59 receiving yards. It’s clear that Graham isn’t a good fit in that offense, despite his talent. Things don’t get any easier for the underachieving TE as he is matched up against a defense that allows 2.5 points per game to opposing TEs.