Another busy week of NFL games brought with it excitement, overtime, long touchdowns and dud performances. Focusing on bad performances, the worst of the week saw some players fail to top a single fantasy point with others earning time on the bench. As it is now ten weeks into the season, busts are harder to recover from and a bad game from a player on your team could go a long way to determining your place in the standings and whether you even make the playoffs. Whether you’re playing season-long or DFS, here are the biggest fantasy busts from Week 10 of the NFL season.
Quarterback– Tyrod Taylor
56 Passing Yards, 27 Rushing Yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
Tyrod Taylor (and pretty much all of the Buffalo Bills starters) could not generate anything on offense against the Saints. Taylor failed to crack the four-point mark and spent approximately all of the last quarter of Sunday’s game on the sideline. It was his second straight ugly effort, although he saved his skin last Thursday night against the Jets with two touchdown drives in the final six minutes of the blowout loss.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott stated after the game that he is committed to Taylor at quarterback, but if he struggles on the road over the next two weeks, he may find his days as the starter in Buffalo numbered.
Running Back– Devonta Freeman
3 Rushing Yards, 0 Receptions, 0 Receiving Yards, 0 TDs
Freeman carried the ball only two times for three yards on Sunday before a concussion knocked him out of the game. With just 0.3 fantasy points, this game is the worst fantasy game of Freeman’s entire career – including his rookie season when he was the backup in Atlanta. Freeman will likely miss next week’s game against Seattle. Overall, the last three weeks for Freeman have been underwhelming as he has totaled just 128 yards from scrimmage and failed to score a touchdown.
Wide Receiver– Ted Ginn Jr.
1 Reception, 3 Receiving Yards, 0 TDs
The Saints employed a run-heavy approach on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, which paid off wonderfully as the Saints set a franchise record with six rushing touchdowns. However, due to their offensive approach, some other Saints players were not that involved on Sunday. Ted Ginn Jr. is easily the Saints player who suffered the most due to the Saints game plan, finishing Sunday with a single reception for a measly three yards.
Some people thought Ginn might be a sneaky DFS play if the Bills get a lead and force the Saints to pass. That game flow never transpired. Ginn is playing well this season but is prone to ups and downs in his career. Consider him a low end two or average third receiving option for the remainder of the season.
Tight End– Hunter Henry
1 Reception, 7 Receiving Yards, 0 TDs
Hunter Henry could not do much against the stout Jacksonville Jaguars defense, catching just one pass on two targets for seven yards. Henry is a problematic fantasy player. He is wildly inconsistent. He has five games this season with 70 receiving yards or a touchdown and four games with 11 yards or less (including two games without a catch). It is entirely possible to see Hunter Henry’s name pop up on this list again this season.
Defense – Chicago Bears
23 Points Allowed, 260 Yards Allowed, 3 Sacks
Although the Chicago Bears were not the worst defense in Week 10, they were expected to have a better fantasy game against a Green Bay Packers team struggling on offense without Aaron Rodgers. The Bears at least managed to sack Brett Hundley three times. However, they failed to force a turnover and let the Packers put points on the board on five different drives and the day with just a few points.
Kicker– Steven Hauschka
1 FG 30-39, 1 Pat
There were a few worse kickers in Week 10. However, they were all owned in less than 10% of fantasy leagues, compared to Hauschka who is owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. With the Bills offense looking anemic against the Saints, Hauschka only attempted a single field goal and chipped in an extra point in garbage time, after the Bills backups scored. Overall, this was not the worst week for kickers, but Hauschka gets the designation as the worst kicker of the week.
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