It’s playoff time in fantasy football and that means you can’t afford to blow it this week.
Picking just one wrong player in your lineup could be enough to knock you out of contention. You’ve read about all the sleepers, waiver wire pickups and starter suggestions based on matchups. Now let us burst some bubbles and tell you who we think is going to bust big time in Week 15.
Here are the top bust picks for the fantasy playoffs.
If there’s one lesson we’ve learned from doing this article all season, it’s not to pick against quarterbacks. Their value often relies on game flow, which is almost impossible to predict. While Dak Prescott fell flat as expected, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan each tossed three TDs and were among the top fantasy scorers. Who would have thought the Seahawks would get run out of the building or that Jeff Fisher would be throwing in the towel on his career without even knowing it? Despite running for just 66 yards and averaging 2.87 and 2.75 yards per carry, both Doug Martin and Jon Stewart took goal-line plunges to salvage their fantasy days. Every WR on last week’s list was a massive bust, however, so from now on I will be selecting only wide receivers. OK, mostly wide receivers. Here’s the official recap breakdown:
Aaron Rodgers (246 YDS, 3 TD, 0 INT) Matt Ryan (237 YDS, 3 TD, 0 INT) Doug Martin (66 RUSH YDS, 19 REC YDS, 1 TD) Jonathan Stewart (66 RUSH YDS, 1 TD) Kyle Rudolph (4 REC, 60 YDS, 1 TD)
If you’re still fighting in the playoffs this week, chances are you’ve avoided most of these busts all year. Keep your wits about you, play it smart, roll with what got you here and stick with your studs.
Andrew Luck (QB, IND)
If you are a Luck owner, it may be time to bench your QB1 for the playoffs. Luck has been a steady performer this season, throwing a touchdown in every game and only falling below 200 yards once. While he possesses a high floor, his ceiling will be very limited this game. Minnesota hasn’t allowed more than 262 passing yards to a team the entire season. Here’s how some of the top QBs fared against the Vikings in 2016 so far: Aaron Rodgers (213 YDS, 1 TD), Eli Manning (261 YDS, 0 TD), Kirk Cousins (262 YDS, 2 TD), Matthew Stafford (219 YDS, 2 TD). If 260 yards and two TD is the best-case scenario, you may be better off rolling with another option. Luck himself ought to be worried.
Another surefire WR1 in fantasy drafts that turned bust, A-Rob simply isn’t getting the job done and is best avoided. He has a total of nine receptions for 91 yards in the last four games combined. Let that sink in for a minute… He did have his best game of the season against the Texans in Week 10, catching nine balls for 107 yards and a TD, but corner A.J. Bouye missed that game. Bouye is back to blanket the struggling receiver, which makes Robinson downright benchable, as he has been much of the season. Let’s face it, owning A-Rob has been painful this season. Now that Jeff Fisher has gotten fired, one has to wonder what it would take for Gus Bradley to get the boot.
He couldn’t take advantage of a good matchup last week, catching two passes for 33 yards, and it will actually get tougher against the Jags. The young team is tightening up on defense, allowing an average of 178 passing yards per game in the last six contests. Houston’s offensive struggles have already been well-documented to this point. Hopkins is not a must-start based on his draft status three months ago. Statistically speaking, he has been a low-ceiling WR3 all year and it will stay that way this week. You don’t need a reminder of who his quarterback is.