Being a fantasy football champion is not easy. As a multiple time champion across many leagues I have found that your season can be dependant on many things. If you draft well, you can be set if you avoid injuries. If you don’t draft well you better be good at working the waiver wire. After my most recent championship was locked in yesterday, I took a look at how some teams drafted and wanted to help them air out their grievances. In honor of the great Seinfeld’s festivus we are going to host the airing of grievances to our top three fantasy disappointments in 2019.
3. David Montegomery, RB, Chicago Bears
A popular sleeper in most leagues, this rookie RB out of Iowa State was supposed to walk into an awesome situation. Taking over the primary back roll with for the departing Jordan Howard should have lead to solid production for a run heavy offense. Well that was not the story of 2019 for Montegomery. The problem was not completely on the rookie. The Bears had plenty of problems other than their running game.
Still when you finish the season ranked behind James White, Ronald Jones and just two points ahead of James Conner (played ten games) you have to be called a bust. Montegomery went from a top sleeper to a droppable option. Next season could be a different story for the Bears and their run game but for the 2019 season they deserve to be hated.
2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
Remember last year when people took Le’veon Bell with a top three pick in their drafts? I do, because I was one of those people. Bell was supposed to have a new life in New York. An up and coming Quarterback, an offense with some solid weapons, a team that was on the rise. Bell was going to be the final piece of the puzzle of a team that was supposed to compete in 2019. We forgot about Adam Gase.
Le’Veon Bell has averaged just 3.3 YPC, 4 total touchdowns and 61 receptions. All of these numbers acceptable for a fifth round RB3 on your team, but not for a guy that was a preseason #18 average draft position. Bell currently ranks 15th overall in fantasy points by running backs, behind rookie Miles Sanders, barely ahead of Kenyan Drake. Bell’s season was ok, but we don’t want ok. Hey Adam Gase this guy is the best player you have on the field. Be smarter.
1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
The Browns were going to be good in 2019. Baker Mayfield and new addition Odell Beckham Jr. were going to set the league on fire with a huge aerial attack. Beckham Jr. was finally happy and can flourish to his full potential…… Uh no. The Browns much like Beckham’s fantasy output have been a complete flop this season.
Odell was projected as the #6 wide receiver in most preseason ADP, closing as the 18th player overall in most leagues. You were spending a second round fantasy pick on a guy that has seen the end zone just two times the entire season heading into week 16.
Odell found some success in game 16 of the year but he already burned you and it’s too late to make up for it now.