Fantasy Football Focus: 5 Flops of 2011

Looking at the five studs that turned into duds.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

As we enter week 17 of the NFL season, the majority of the FF leagues have already concluded. If you are one of those rare leagues that goes the full 17 weeks, then I both commend you and wish you luck, because trying to field a team on the last week of the season is a lesson in futility. To that end, I am not even going to attempt to give players I like or don't because they may not make it through a game as teams may start to rest players for the postseason. Instead, I am giving the frustrated masses a last chance to dwell on what could have been with the five most disappointing FF players of 2011m in my estimation.


5. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Talk about players going from stud to dud and Vick's name pops up almost immediately. Drafted in the top 5 in many leagues, people across the land were expecting a transcendent year from the two threat QB. What they got, instead was typical Vick, an inconsistent year filled with missed games due to injury. When he was on the field, he was effective for the most part, and he did post some ridiculous games, putting up 6 games above 20 ff points. It's the missed games, three straight during a crucial stretch, that stands out however.


4. LeGarrette Bount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wow, whatever deal for super football ability that Blount made must have expired this season because the guy was frankly a no-show for the entire season. Yes, there were a few good games sprinkled in this year but the majority of them were stinkers that left you wondering why didn't you draft Fred Jackson. In his defense though, the entire team has sucked eggs this year so whatever is going around in that Bucs locker room must be contagious.


3. Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Austin came into this season with back to back solid years, posting 2,361 receiving yards and 18 scores , but 2011 proved to be the ending point of that run. Due to a nagging hamstring injury, Austin hasn't been the productive wideout we've known and coveted, posting only 5 games with double digit fantasy points. Though he has come on as of late, it's a case of too little, too late.


2. Phillip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

OK, in defense of the horrible feelings I'm having towards Rivers this year in large part for him being largely responsible for not making the playoffs in my primary FF league, he did post significantly better numbers after week 8. But, the first 8 weeks are what killed me and anyone who expected good things from Rivers. He dropped to single digit fantasy scoring three times in that span and only eclipsed 20 points twice. In a year where quarterbacks took center stage, he didn't, plain and simple.


1. Jamal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Look, I know that you can't predict injury and that the one that took Charles out of the picture for the season was done in week two, so there was plenty of time to adapt to it, but can you really get over losing what should have been the number 1 running back in the NFL this season? No, you can't, and many teams that wasted a number 1 draft pick on him can attest to that for sure.