Week 15 Fantasy Football Duds

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I’d like to start this article by taking a moment to pour one out for my homies who started players that pooped in their big boy pants in Week 15.  Fantasy football can be a cruel game but remember that next year will be here before you know it and it is important to stay engaged even if you have been eliminated.  One great way of doing so is to tune into the podcast every day and all offseason.

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady @ DEN
-188 passing yards
You’d like to think Captain America is immune to the super QB kryptonite that is “@DEN”.  But alas, it was not meant to be.

Marcus Mariota @ KC
-241 passing yards, INT
Like Brady, Mariota won the game by doing what his team needed him to do, so do not @ him.

Aaron Rodgers @ CHI
-252 passing yards, 19 rushing yards
Oddly enough Ty Montgomery had multiple TDs in this game, but because he got them in his new role as RB, Rodgers owners don’t get to share in the glory.

Sam Bradford vs IND
291 passing yards, INT
Who gave Sammy Biscuits big boy pants!?  Was it you, Brooks?

Running Backs

Doug Martin @ DAL
-16 carries, 42 rushing yards
Here’s the deal Doug, I’m going to call you the Muscle Hamster (a nickname he hates) until you make amends for this poor performance.

Isaiah Crowell @ BUF
8 carries, 28 rushing yards
This felt like a Crowell game.  Cold weather and the Browns needed to take pressure off of RGIII.

Todd Gurley @ SEA
-14 carries 38 rushing yards, 1 reception, -2 receiving yards
The firing of Jeff Fisher needed to happen, but firing your HC on a short week when you have to go on the road to Seattle is not the recipe for success.

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Adrian Peterson vs IND
-6 carries, 22 rushing yards, 1 reception, 1 receiving yard, 1 fumb lost
Adrian Peterson is back to being his old, busted self…  3.28 yards per touch and a fumble.

Kenneth Farrow vs OAK
-15 carries, 39 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 14 receiving yards
If you were forced to start Farrow and survived, the good news is that he plays the Browns next week.

Devontae Booker vs NE
-6 carries, 17 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 16 receiving yards
Bye Felicia.

Thomas Rawls vs LA
-21 carries, 34 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards
For how violent Rawls is when he runs, this line is very surprising.

Jay Ajayi @ NYJ
-19 carries, 51 rushing yards
Jay Ajayi would be celebrated today if Dion Sims didn’t score two 1-yard TDs.

Wide Receivers

Sammy Watkins vs CLE
-1 reception, 10 receiving yards, 4 targets
It feels like the Bills knew they wouldn’t need Watkins to beat the winless Browns, so they gave him the week off.

T.Y. Hilton @ MIN
-3 receptions, 45 receiving yards, 7 targets
This one really hurts.  Hilton had 18 catches for 261 yards in his previous two games, so owners expected big things but the Colts absolutely throttled the Vikings and did not need Hilton.

Malcolm Mitchell @ DEN
-1 reception, 14 receiving yards, 1 target
When Chris Harris Jr. was declared active for this game, the writing was on the wall.

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Amari Cooper @ SD
-1 reception, 28 receiving yards
Casey Hayward is a solid CB, but it feels like Cooper’s ceiling will be capped as long as Derek Carr struggles with his finger issues.

Davante Adams @ CHI
-2 receptions, 25 receiving yards, 2 brutal drops, 6 targets
Not #GoodAtFootball.

Antonio Brown @ CIN
-3 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 5 targets
You may be thinking, ‘Didn’t I see Brown catch a pass in the end zone?” Well, yes.  You did.  But it was called back by a penalty.

Mike Evans @ DAL
-4 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 8 targets
Mike Evans’ game log this month reads 38, 42, 59 receiving yards and 0 TDs.  Ouch.

Stefon Diggs vs IND
-2 receptions, 13 receiving yards, 5 targets
Stefon, meet Vontae.

Allen Robinson @ HOU
-2 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 8 targets
Here we are, the dim light at the end of the tunnel.  After 3 weeks of vs DEN, vs MIN, @ HOU the Jaguars get the Titans at home in Week 16.

Brandon Marshall vs MIA
-1 reception, 16 receiving yards, 11 targets
One!? You caught ONE OUT OF ELEVEN TARGETS?!  That’s it… I’m revoking your big boy pants privileges.

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce vs TEN
3 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 5 targets
If you had Kelce, hopefully your opponent also had a poopy TE.

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Dwayne Allen @ MIN
-1 reception, 13 receiving yards, 2 targets
The news here is that Allen got just 2 targets on 47% of snaps.  (Doyle 4 on 73%, Swoope 3 on 37%)

Jimmy Graham vs LA
-1 reception, 31 receiving yards, 2 targets
Criminal under usage of Graham in Seattle, what else is new?

Eric Ebron @ NYG
-4 receptions, 36 receiving yards, 7 targets
The targets are there, but birds in the hand are worth much more.

Tyler Eifert vs PIT
1 reception, 9 receiving yards, 3 targets
3 targets are shocking considering that Dalton attempted 27 passes.  Who was he throwing to?

Dishonorable Mentions

Matthew Stafford @ NYG
-273 passing yards, INT, 13 rushing yards

Blake Bortles @ HOU
92 passing yards, INT

Tevin Coleman vs SF
14 carries, 58 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards

Marvin Jones Sr. @ NYG
3 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 5 targets

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Terrelle Pryor Sr. @ BUF
-4 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 8 targets

Dennis Pitta vs PHI
2 receptions, 16 receiving yards, 2 targets

Martellus Bennett @ DEN
-2 receptions, 35 receiving yards, 4 targets

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