There’s nothing like the sensation of sheer confidence after finishing a fantasy soccer draft and considering to your self, “Wow, I actually ended up with an incredible crew. It is among the best within the league.” Sure, each fantasy proprietor says that, however inevitably, among the gamers every crew selects find yourself turning into disappointments — and even worse, full busts. With the 2020 fantasy season now wrapped up (until you play a Week 17 championship sport), it is time to look again on among the greatest busts at each place.
The development of this 12 months’s All-Bust Group was easy. Clearly, there is a laundry checklist of men throughout the NFL who’ve handled accidents and have missed in depth motion, together with early picks like Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Courtland Sutton. With that stated, we did not need to lavatory down this checklist with gamers that suffered season-ending accidents, so we targeted extra on selecting gamers that have been in motion for not less than chunk of the 12 months however simply did not ship for no matter motive. Positive, a few of them additionally handled accidents, however the greatest busts are the big-name guys you play each week or not less than hold in your roster all 12 months however continually present little-to-no manufacturing.
Along with the picks for the all-bust crew, we’ll revisit our preseason boom-or-bust crew under every choice. As standard, we had some hits but additionally had some egregious whiffs.
With out additional ado, we current to you the most important fantasy soccer busts of the 2020 NFL season.
Largest 2020 Fantasy Soccer Busts
Observe: All common draft positions (ADP) referenced under are through FantasyPros.
QB: Carson Wentz, Eagles
Coming off a stable effort in ’19, Wentz was the 11th QB off the board in fantasy drafts on common, going forward of the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Tannehill. Regardless of being seen universally as a probably QB1 with a excessive flooring, Wentz crashed and burned this season and completed the fantasy season ranked 21st amongst QBs in whole fantasy factors. When it comes to common factors per sport, Wentz was ranked 18th.
Wentz had seven video games with a number of passing TDs this 12 months, however he additionally had six with a number of interceptions. Although he has been benched since a Week 13 loss to the Packers, he nonetheless leads the NFL in interceptions (15) and sacks taken (50). His constant damaging performs continually put fantasy house owners behind in video games, and that is a part of the rationale that many moved on from him because the season went alongside.
Most of Wentz’s fantasy house owners are kicking themselves for not drafting Rodgers as an alternative of him, and subsequent 12 months, they will not make the identical mistake. After all, it is potential nobody drafts Wentz subsequent 12 months, as Jalen Hurts is trying like a possible long-term reply for the Eagles and Wentz’s contract is extraordinarily troublesome to commerce in a non-salary-dump transfer. Because of this, he might find yourself being a backup subsequent 12 months until he quickly returns to his borderline-MVP efficiency from 2017.
Preseason Increase-or-Bust QB: Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Prescott was on tempo to throw for almost 6,000 yards earlier than a compound ankle fracture prematurely ended his season. Clearly, he did not pan out for fantasy house owners in wake of that harm, however provided that he was on tempo to be a top-10 fantasy quarterback earlier than he went down, it is onerous to label him a definitive “bust” this 12 months.
RB: Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
Fournette ended up being the 20th RB off the board in fantasy drafts this 12 months, however his season acquired off to an odd begin. He was among the many remaining cuts for the Jaguars and ended up in an unsure function with the Buccaneers.
After working for 103 yards and two TDs on simply 12 carries in opposition to the Panthers in Week 2, it regarded like Fournette was going to be the starter over Ronald Jones. Nevertheless, Jones staved off competitors from Fournette and compelled him into the function of being a spot-starter. All advised, Fournette had a few two-TD video games however by no means went over 100 whole yards after Week 2.
Fournette completed the 12 months as a high handcuff and an occasional matchup-based flex play, however for probably the most half, he disillusioned in his end because the 39th-ranked RB in fantasy soccer.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Jets/Chiefs
Hopes have been excessive for Bell in his second season with the Jets. He was set to play behind a greater offensive line and wasn’t coming off a year-long layoff as he was earlier than the 2019 season.
As an alternative of getting a rejuvenated Bell, the Jets acquired nothing however hassle. Bell acquired damage in his first sport, clashed with Adam Gase, and in the end was launched. He was scooped up by the Chiefs, however Kansas Metropolis opted to make use of him as extra of a backup to spell rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire than anything. With the Chiefs, Bell had greater than 10 touches simply twice, and on the season, he averaged 9 touches for 42.Three yards per sport and scored simply thrice.
Bell was the 21st RB off the board, on common, and a top-50 decide in most fantasy drafts, so seeing him end the 12 months because the 57th-ranked RB general was an enormous disappointment. Most weeks, he simply wasted away on the benches of householders too afraid to drop him within the hopes that the Chiefs might go along with a full break up between him and Edwards-Helaire.
RB: Mark Ingram, Ravens
Talking of excessive draft picks that did not pan out, how about Ingram? He was drafted 23rd amongst RBs, indicating that he ought to be a low-end RB2. As an alternative, he fully cratered and misplaced worth lengthy earlier than the season ended.
Early within the 12 months, the Ravens have been utilizing a irritating rotation at RB that includes Ingram, Gus Edwards, and JK Dobbins. Because the 12 months went on, Ingram battled accidents and acquired fewer and fewer touches with Dobbins and Edwards taking over a majority of the work. In current weeks, Ingram has been a wholesome scratch, so it seems that his time as a productive fantasy RB could also be over.
Getting into Week 17, Ingram ranks 70th amongst RBs in fantasy scoring this 12 months. That’s behind each Dobbins and Edwards and the likes of Salvon Ahmed, Joshua Kelley, Peyton Barber, Brian Hill, and Samaje Perine, amongst others. To say this 12 months was a disappointment for Ingram can be an understatement.
Preseason Increase-or-Bust RBs: Miles Sanders, Eagles | Aaron Jones, Packers
Jones was an entire whiff, as he adopted up his breakout 2019 marketing campaign with a robust ’20 marketing campaign that noticed him rating 10 occasions through the fantasy season and whole almost 1,400 scrimmage yards. He did miss a few video games, but it surely wasn’t a giant deal. Sanders, however, had a tough go of it. He handled nagging accidents and scored in simply 4 video games (six whole TDs), and his efficiency was very inconsistent taking part in behind a depleted Eagles offensive line. He wasn’t horrible, however he was extra of a boom-or-bust flex than the fringe-RB1 that he was drafted to be.
WR: A.J. Inexperienced, Bengals
Although the Bengals had added Tee Higgins to the fold, it was anticipated that Inexperienced, if wholesome, can be the highest outdoors receiver for the Bengals and would have a shot at rising as a stable WR2/WR3 in fantasy.
As an alternative, Inexperienced has endured a disappointing marketing campaign regardless of staying wholesome. On 4 events, he has completed a sport with out making a catch. He has scored simply twice and is averaging solely 34.9 yards per sport. Week to week, Inexperienced has been fully unpredictable. Often, he’ll put collectively a stable outing, however he has had unhealthy outings in good matchups in opposition to the Jaguars and the Titans. So, it isn’t like he was even a matchup-based streamer.
Inexperienced is at present the 71st WR by way of factors scored this season. He was drafted 28th amongst wideouts however has possible solely remained on fantasy rosters on account of identify recognition. It is price questioning if Inexperienced shall be fantasy-relevant in any respect subsequent 12 months, no matter the place he winds up.
WR: Michael Thomas, Saints
We often do not put gamers who handled critically harm points on this checklist, however Thomas is the exception. He was a first-round decide in nearly each fantasy draft and was often the primary WR off the board. Regardless of that lofty standing, Thomas was a significant disappointment.
Thomas performed in simply seven video games all through the season whereas coping with numerous accidents and a one-game suspension given to him by the crew for punching a teammate in follow. It looks as if he had a brand new difficulty each week, and even when he acquired again on the sphere, he wasn’t nice.
Thomas averaged 5.7 catches for 62.6 yards per sport this season. These numbers aren’t too unhealthy, however he by no means discovered the tip zone to spice up his scoring. Plus, he was positioned on IR through the fantasy playoffs to make sure that he would recuperate from one more harm forward of the NFL playoffs.
Thomas completed the 12 months because the 100th-ranked fantasy WR. He was one of many greatest disappointments of the 12 months contemplating that he could not get on the sphere for half the season, and when he did, he was ineffective. He ought to bounce again subsequent 12 months, but when he is taking part in with Taysom Hill or one other QB not named Drew Brees, it is potential he disappoints once more.
WR: DJ Chark, Jaguars
Chark was drafted because the 26th general WR this 12 months and completed 40th in general factors on the place. So, he is not an enormous bust, however going from a fringe-WR2 to a borderline flex play is not precisely factor.
The larger difficulty for Chark this 12 months was his consistency. He posted eight video games with 56 or fewer yards and no TDs but additionally had a few 20-plus-point days. You simply by no means knew what you have been going to get with Chark, however you continue to felt such as you needed to play him nearly each week, which is often a recipe for disappointment.
Possibly Chark shall be higher off subsequent 12 months after the Jaguars choose a brand new quarterback. They’re locked into the No. 1 seed and the expectation is that they willl take Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Chark would thrive with a passer like that, so he in all probability will not be a headliner on the All-Bust Group subsequent season.
Preseason Increase-or-Bust WRs: Stefon Diggs, Payments | A.J. Brown, Titans | A.J. Inexperienced, Bengals
Diggs is main the NFL in each receptions and receiving yards as of this writing, so it is secure to say that he was removed from a bust. Brown regarded like he is perhaps one early within the season after totaling 39 yards within the opener and lacking time with an harm, however he turned issues round by totaling 10 TDs from Week 5 by means of the tip of the season. We did nail Inexperienced, although. He simply by no means acquired in sync with Joe Burrow and shortly fell behind Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins within the Bengals WR pecking order.
TE: Zach Ertz, Eagles
We have been torn between Ertz and Tyler Higbee on this spot, however Higbee not less than performed a full season and scored 5 occasions. Ertz’s season was far worse.
Ertz missed what’s going to quantity to 5 video games this 12 months, however even when he was on the sphere, he took a again seat to Dallas Goedert. Ertz averaged simply 3.Three catches for 31.9 yards per sport, however the greatest disappointment is that he scored solely as soon as. That got here again in Week 1, so he mainly averaged a bit over three customary fantasy factors per sport after that contest (roughly 6.7 per sport in PPR codecs).
Ertz completed as fantasy’s 34th-ranked TE in whole fantasy factors, however much more damning is the truth that he ranked tied for 31st in fantasy factors per sport on the TE spot. That is fairly unhealthy contemplating that he was the fourth TE off the board in most fantasy drafts.
Preseason Increase-or-Bust TE: Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
It looks as if simply yesterday there was chatter about Gronkowski being only a blocking TE after averaging 28 yards per sport with no TDs in his first 5 contests. Nevertheless, it seems he was simply shaking off the rust after a 12 months of retirement and would go on to common 45.four yards per sport and whole seven TDs. For those who drafted him early within the 12 months and gave up on him, then he turned out to be a bust. In any other case, he completed as a top-10 starter.
D/ST: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings’ ADP this 12 months was a fair 8.0, and plenty of anticipated the unit to repeat the success they’ve had throughout current seasons. They ended up regressing badly, although, as they missed the trio of Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, and Trae Waynes at nook. Between that, the Michael Pierce opt-out, the lack of Linval Joseph, and a late-season harm to Eric Kendricks, the Vikings completed the 12 months with the sixth-fewest fantasy factors and have been principally handled as waiver-wire fodder relying on matchups. That definitely is not excellent news for people who invested draft picks in them forward of models just like the Rams, Buccaneers, and Colts (all top-seven defenses).
Preseason Increase-or-Bust D/ST: New England Patriots
The Patriots have been the fifth D/ST unit off the board and completed tied for 10th in scoring on the place this 12 months. They definitely weren’t constant, so maybe you continue to view them as a bust. Maybe they will be higher subsequent 12 months when among the gamers that opted out return.
Kicker: Robbie Gould, 49ers
Look, no kicker is known as a “bust” since they’re drafted so late, however when you missed out on Younghoe Koo for a man like Gould, you must be fairly disillusioned. Gould was extra correct this season than he was final 12 months, however he nonetheless had simply 19 discipline objectives on the 12 months. That is fewer than he had final 12 months (23) regardless of taking part in in 15 video games this season in comparison with simply 13 final 12 months, and that is partially as a result of regression of the 49ers offense.
Gould was the 23rd-ranked kicker by way of whole factors heading into the ultimate week of the common season. This got here after he was the fifth kicker drafted by way of ADP. Gould “rewarded” any crew that caught with him to an outing in fantasy championship video games the place he missed three whole kicks (two discipline objectives, one further level) in a mega-dud efficiency.
Preseason Increase-or-Bust D/ST: Robbie Gould, 49ers
We nailed this one, too. Our issues with Gould have been his age (38) and the potential efficiency of San Francisco’s lackluster offense. The offense was the larger consider Gould’s struggles, however he wore out a bit down he stretch, too. He was a stable bust decide irrespective of the way you have a look at it.