The fantasy football playoffs are already upon us. This is the time that we look back and tell ourselves what we did wrong. You may have been just one pick away from being a champion or being dead last. I played in a couple leagues this year and here are my biggest regrets. I did not take injuries into account because they can happen at any time and you can’t consider that a mistake.
AJ Green in the 6th round. Total fantasy points 41.7
Sometimes name value does cloud your judgement. That was the case when I grabbed AJ Green in the 6th round. I had already taken two RB’s and two WR’s that I had a ton of confidence in, I always wait on QB’s and I had snagged Darren Waller in the fifth round. I wanted some depth and a potential flex option. Green has been a star receiver for most of my fantasy football life. His last time actually playing in 2018 he was putting up 11 points per game on an offense that didn’t have much depth outside of him.
While I was sure injuries may have slowed him down he was still only in his ninth season coming off of a year without contact and a QB in Joe Burrow that was ready to throw the ball a lot. The Bengals have thrown the ball a lot ,just rarely goes to AJ Green. He has three games this season where he was targeted over ten times and his total scores in those games were 8.2, 8.2 and 3. Green just doesn’t have the same speed and playmaking ability he once had. On the season he has just 1 TD and that came in week 11.
With Joe Burrow tearing his ACL, the Bengals season is pretty much done. Green will have no motivation to even try and make something of himself. This was a bad call that you just have to live with in the fantasy world sometimes.
DeAndre Hopkins over DaVante Adams
I played lightly this season, only entering two leagues. One league was a 12 man league where I picked Davante Adams in the second round. Another was an 8 team league that I picked DeAndre Hopkins in the second round. Little did I know that Hopkins was actually going to regress after finally getting away from Bill O’Brien.
I am not blaming Hopkins. He is playing with a second year QB that is still trying to handle the adjustments of the superior level defenses. But still there have been times this season where it appears as if Hopkins isn’t even in the game. He ranks 12th in fantasy points per game at just 10.8 (Fantasypros.com). In 2017 and 2018 Hopkins was a TD machine bringing in 11 and 13 each of those seasons. He currently has just 4 touchdowns on the season and one of those was the miracle hail mary against the Bills.
The Cardinals offense has leaned more toward the utilization of Kyler’s ability to run the ball on his own rather than target their #1 receiver. Don’t get me wrong, 77 catches for 967 yards is not a scrub season, but Adams is having an elite season despite his injuries. This one won’t make me lose sleep but I can still curse the name of DeAndre Hopkins.
Believing Devin Singletary was going to be good.
I drafted Devin Singletary in my 8 team league in the 9th round, 69th overall. I shouted to the rooftops last year that I thought a healthy Singletary could easily be a top ten RB in fantasy because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. This thought was stupid. Josh Allen is the best RB on the team and the Bills really only seem interested in him running the ball and throwing it over the top. The game plan along with the addition of Zach Moss, who was drafted in the 3rd round out of Utah basically made Singletary and after thought.
Singletary currently has101 total fantasy points (PPR). He has actually been productive on the ground averaging 4 yards per carry but he has only found the end zone 1 time in 2020 and has seen less and less snaps as the season has gone on. Over his last 7 games he has only hit double digits in fantasy points twice. It’s not so much that I thought Singletary was going to carry me to the championship but I really thought he would be a solid flex play every single week. He ended up being my first drop of the year.