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2010’s top 10 Clunkers
10. Chris “Beanie” Wells – Last year Beanie was a great addition via waivers or in a late round of the draft. He supplanted Tim Hightower as the main man in the Cardinals backfield. With Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin leaving in the offseason, and a run oriented coach 2010 looked promising for Beanie. However an early season injury and an abysmal offensive year all around for the Cardinals left many owners disappointed, in Chris’s production. Carrying the ball 60 less times this season to the year previous Beanie fell nearly 400 yards, 5 TD’s and 7 receptions short of his rookie totals. Extremely disappointing as most thought he would surpass all previous totals this year.
9. Ryan Grant – unfortunate that Grant is so often underrated but it should be dually noted that the packers missed him this season. So much that they nearly made a move for a struggling Brandon Jacobs, and a burnt out Marshawn Lynch who’s only real play of value came in the playoffs. Fantasy owners unlike the general fan base did realize how much Grant was worth; since joining the league in 2007-08 Grant has put up at least 1100 yards from scrimmage every year. And each year he had managed to increase that total until this year when he went down in his first game and didn’t return to play the rest of the season. On top of his 1100+ yards, fantasy owners in PPR leagues also probably missed the 24.3 receptions he has averaged out of the backfield thus far in his career. Can’t blame him injuries happen it’s a rough game, but that doesn’t change the fact many owners wasted an early round pick.
8. Chris Johnson – I have to put him on here because of the huge drop in his numbers, comparatively to last season. Was he still worth a first round pick yes, but due to the large amount of hype after his last season I feel we should bring him back to earth? After his record breaking season last year CJ fell 900 yards from scrimmage, 4 TD’s, and 6 receptions short of his previous totals. Many fantasy experts tried to convey that CJ’s numbers would not even be in the same realm, but few listened as he still was the #1 pick in most standard leagues.
7. Ryan Matthews – For most people this first round pick, was a first round pick in fantasy drafts. Man that was a mistake. I think as a rule of thumb should now be induced; a rookie should never be a first round fantasy pick. Tolbert took most of the carries and rightfully so. Matthews the so called franchise back put up 800 total yards with 7 scores leaving several fantasy owners frustrated they passed on Jamal Charles, or Rashard Mendenhall.
6. Carolina skill players – Despite what kind of football the club is playing overall as a whole; the last few years the names Deangelo Williams, and Steve Smith have been well respected by fantasy owners. Deangelo missed 10 games this season. Aside from his obvious drop in overall production, he was less efficient dropping his yards per carry from 5.2 to 4.1. Steve Smith a top wide receiver for years had his worst season since 2004 where he only played 1 game. Smith posted a measly 563 yards from scrimmage and 2 TD’s on only 46 receptions. All 3 totals are his lowest in 5 years.
5. Donovan McNabb – Though McNabb hasn’t been an elite QB in years, many hoped that with the change of scenery he could be a solid back up or 2nd QB, in multiple Quarter back leagues. On the way to being benched and replaced by Rex Grossman, Donovan put up his lowest overall TD total since his rookie season. Meaning that in his 13 starts he put up less TD’s then 3 seasons previous where he only started 10, 10 and 9 games respectively. He also put up a career high in interceptions despite again playing 13 games. McNabb truly had it worst of both worlds and somehow managed to score a contract worth at best 78.5 million dollars.
4. Shonn Greene – A big part of this is due to the re emergence of the best RB of the decade (LaDainian Tomlinson). However for many owners Greene was a first or second round pick. After his solid playoff performance last year and the departure of Jones and Washington the backfield was supposed to be his to reside over. However he only started 2 games and didn’t even reach 1000 yards from scrimmage with a measly 2 TD’s.
3. Randy Moss – Randy was a headache for all owners this season including the Patriots, Vikings and Titans. His lack of heart was well rather disgusting and his total production was comical for someone who believes himself a top wide receiver of all time. Combined in his 16 games he still fell short of 400 total yards, he posted only 5 TD’s his worst since his days as a Raider. His 28 receptions were also a career low. My sincere apologies on behalf of Randy who really let down everybody this season; unfortunately Randy was amongst the top 5 WR’s drafted in almost all leagues.
2. Kevin Kolb – After his 2 starts the previous year the Eagles front office was so confident in this young man that they dealt their franchise QB of the past decade. Lucky for them Michael Vick would re emerge and even do his best to spoil Brady’s MVP season. However for owners who bought the hype on Kolb he was benched most of the season and in his 5 starts only put up 171 yards per contest, with both 7 touch downs and interceptions. Unless traded it is unlikely Kolb will even be drafted next year.
1. Brett Favre – I begged friends to not draft Brett this year. I warned them that father time along with yet another surgery would have their toll on the oldest starting QB in the NFL. But the success of his previous year had many owners reaching for Brett in the draft over younger and more reliable options in Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Carson Palmer. In 13 starts Brett put up 2500 yards, 11 touch downs, and a total of 24 turnovers. Hopefully Brett commits to his retirement this offseason and spares us both the drama and disappointment on our fantasy teams next season.