Fantasy football players that stunk and you now hate them.

Fantasy seasons go by fast, before you know it your season is over and you are the but of the joke with your league.  But it’s not your fault.  The blame has to go somewhere, there are a few players that you can forward your excuses to.  Here are five of the players that were the biggest busts in your fantasy season.  Guys like Saquon, CMC and Derrick Henry getting hit with injuries are not included, when they played they were somewhat productivel.  These are the guys that played a majority of the season and just were not productive.

Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders, ADP 24

The Raiders have had a troubled season off the field.  On the field they have been inconsistent at best.  Waller has been just as inconsistent, after being labeled as “the best player in football” by his coach after his 19 targets and 10 catches in week one. Waller has missed a few games due to injury but the production when he plays has not been to the standard that a player with an ADP in the top 25 should be giving.  In total Waller has just two touchdowns and none of them were from outside of the red zone. Even in the red zone waller has just 8 pass completions.  

Waller currently sits as the 14th best TE in fantasy football.  He is hanging out with guys like TY Conklin and Jared Cook, when you drafted him in the first 4 rounds.  He broke 100 yards just twice in 2021 and has seen a lot of his production taken by Derek Carr’s new favorite toy Hunter Renfrow.  Waller’s injury didn’t help his production, but still he seems to be on the tail end of what was a great story.  I would find it hard to grab Waller any later than the 6th round next year.

Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons, ADP 52

Mike Davis had a great 2020 season for Carolina, filling in for the injured CMC.  Davis had 8 touchdowns and 59 catches for the Panthers and went into the offseason as a hot commodity. The Atlanta Falcons signed Davis and projected him as their lead RB. 

At just 27-years old Davis was still in his prime, now in the presumed “lead”back role he was sure to have a stellar season.  Then there was Corredalle Patterson.  The longtime NFL journeyman decided he would make a permanent transition to the running back position and become not only fantasy relevant but potentially the steal of the waiver wire for 2021.  Patterson not only turned Davis into an afterthought, destined to spend his season on your bench, he made him droppable in pretty much every league. 

The putrid Atlanta offense didn’t help matters but ultimately a guy you looked at as a potential #The 2 RBs on your fantasy team had just 3 total touchdowns and never carried the ball more than 13 times in a game all season.   

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles, ADP 35

I projected Miles Sanders as a future fantasy football stud. Still just 24 years old he could one day be the player I think he can be. Over his three seasons in the NFL he is averaging 5.0 yards per carry.  He has explosive speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield.  Unfortunately for 2021 fantasy owners, Sanders found himself with a head coach that forgot you can run the ball with someone other than your QB. 

Sanders currently has the same amount of touchdowns as anyone who reads this.  That is zero, in case you got confused.  Not only is he not getting in the endzone, he doesn’t even get a chance.  The Eagles have three other RB’s on the roster that in total have 12 touchdowns including former Bear Jordan Howard, whom I thought retired.  Rookie Kenneth Gainwell has even seen 7 receiving targets in the red zone.  It is almost like he is a forgotten man despite having #1 potential.    

The perfect example of Sanders’ fantasy season was last night, he ran for 150 yards but twice on the goal line Jalen Hurts snagged his touchdowns.  Either a new coach, new team or new system needs to be put in place for the sake of Sanders fantasy relevance.

Big 12 Championship- This is going to be a grind

Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Baylor Bears +5.5 Total: 46.5

The Big 12 Championship game looks kind of odd without Oklahoma participating, nevertheless there will be a team from the state that is looking to find itself in the college football playoff.  The Cowboys are one win away from forcing themselves into the conversation, the Baylor Bears will look to be dream killers on Saturday in what is sure to be a hard hitting affair. 

This will be the second time these two teams have met, the first was won by Oklahoma State 24-14.  The Cowboys were able to overcome three interceptions thrown by QB Spencer Sanders. Oklahoma State dominated on the ground, led by Jaylen Warren’s 125 yards and two touchdowns.  Sanders was able to add 76 yards on the ground but this time around he will have to limit the turnovers and utilize their strong run game.  

The Baylor Bears will have a similar offensive game plan, they are a run first team that has averaged over 200 yards per game on the ground.  In their first meeting the Bears fell behind early 14-0 and were outgained in the first half 240 – 90. The Oklahoma State defense is good all around but they thrive against the run, allowing just 2.8 yard per rush. Baylor will likely be without QB Gerry Bohanon, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, if he does play he will have to graduate from game manager to big play threat to challenge the Cowboy defense.  If Bohanon can’t go, the Bears will have to lean on Redshirt Freshman Blake Shapen.

The Big 12 has a rare matchup of defensive minded teams in their championship game. This one will be old school.  Both teams will battle in the trenches which will slow the pace down a lot.  Oklahoma State has a lot more to play for, if Sanders can avoid the turnovers that have plagued him in big games this season this should be a win and an easy cover. I like the Cowboys to win by a touchdown.  

Ok State being the choice to win the game also means I think they will dictate the pace.  That means running and controlling the clock. This game will be played on a neutral field at AT&T Stadium.  While I am sure based on location the fan bases will be split, I look at this like an away game for both teams.  These two are a combined 8-2 to the under on the road and I expect that trend to continue.

Pick: Under 46.5, lean hard OK State -5.5