Biggest losses in fantasy football (by position) halfway through the season

Biggest losses in fantasy football (by position) halfway through the season

After nine weeks of fantasy football, team managers are either rejoicing in victory or cursing their draft picks for a less-than-favorable record.

It’s safe to say that we know who those draft picks are by now: whether it’s an injury, a change in the team’s offensive scheme, or simply not showing up.

We’ll take a look at the biggest busts in fantasy football — for every position — halfway through the season.

And no, we’re not including the Kickers slot on this list — since most people would be happy to ditch the best kicker in fantasy for an RB3.


Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

The reigning NFL MVP is now a drop-off player in Fantasy?

It was a damn shame to watch Aaron Rodgers have a down year (no thanks to his WRs) on the field, but on a fantasy level, it’s almost as bad.

Rodgers, whose ADP has him in the late rounds — though he’s still generally considered a top-seven quarterback — has been a disappointment both in his lack of touchdowns and his surge in interceptions. He also failed to usurp 300 passing yards, facing a series of mediocre defenses.

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Special mentions: Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos, Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Running Back

Najee Harris – Pittsburgh Steelers

The sophomore guard was looking to build off a solid rookie campaign. With longtime Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger no longer leading the offense, the opportunity for Harris to get a bigger workload (and therefore a higher fantasy score) was on the minds of most fantasy managers when they drafted him.

Harris has been a stinker this year: He’s barely scored in double figures in fantasy points every week.

The confidence seems to be lost on the field as Harris fails to rush the ball more than 20 times or gain more than 50 yards in most games.

Harris has gone over 50 yards just three times this season and has one rushing touchdown all year.

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Special mentions: Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts, Leonard Fournette of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wide receiver

Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers

It’s hard to criticize a player who barely hit the court, but Allen is an easy target in this scenario.

Looking primed to make a splash this season in an offense under Justin Herbert, Allen has instead faltered with constant day-to-day injury status. Worse than performing poorly week in and week out is teasing fantasy managers with a comeback, only to be shut out.

Allen returned from a hamstring injury this season. Keenan appeared on the field just twice, accumulating 77 total receiving yards. Absolutely terrible for a projected third round fantasy pick.

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Special mentions: Allen Robinson II of the Los Angeles Rams, Dionta Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Tight End

Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders

A hamstring injury may be at the heart of Waller’s regression this season, but in his four appearances this season, the Raiders TE has gone down in three of those games. In his only highlight play, Waller was saved by a touchdown reception (paired with a meager 50-yard reception).

People expected Waller to regress with the inclusion of Davante Adams, but the result so far has been worse.

Waller hasn’t played since Week 4.

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Special mentions: Kyle Pitts of the Atlanta Falcons, Dawson Knox of the Buffalo Bills


Los Angeles Chargers

It mostly comes down to talent on the field. Yes, the Chargers lost star defensive end Joey Bosa early in the year, but still have complete players like Khalil Mack, Derwin James, Nasir Adderley and Asante Samuel, Jr., you would expect this unit to limit their opponents more than they have .

The Chargers are 15th in the NFL in interceptions and 19th in the league in QB sacks.

Two seasons ago, Chargers coach Brandon Staley elevated the Rams’ defense into the league’s best unit as their defensive coordinator. Where did that guy go?

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Special mentions: Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams

Related: Check out Anthony Farris’ OutKick Fantasy Football recaps


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