This has been one of the most frustrating fantasy football seasons I can remember. It’s been a perfect storm of injuries and players failing to live up to expectations on the field. So, as I look over the rosters of my teams, I thought I would compile the list of the 10 most disappointing NFL fantasy football players for the 2011 season.
Topping the list has to be Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson. Johnson was a first round pick in most everyone’s draft this season despite undergoing a holdout at the time most people drafted their team. The holdout has hurt Chris Johnson on the field this season. Johnson has contributed to the Titans poor performance running the ball this season, currently ranked 30th with 88 yards per game. Johnson might finally be getting his game going, after posting two 100+yard games in the last three weeks but he has only scored two touchdowns this season, hardly worth a first-round selection.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick is another player which was likely taken in the late first-round or high second-round pick in many drafts. I did not like Vick this season because of concern over his durability issues. Those concerns appear warranted now. Vick has only appeared in 9 games this season and will miss his third straight game tonight against the Seattle Seahawks. In games which Vick has appeared, Vick has been just average, throwing for 11 touchdowns and throwing 11 interceptions while posting a 79.8 passer rating.
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has undergone the worst season of his career. I loved Rivers heading into this season but the wheels have fallen off in San Diego this season. Rivers has just two games this season without an interception and has turned the ball over 23 times this year with five games remaining.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has really taken a step backwards this season. Freeman posted impressive numbers last season (25 tds 6 ints) and appeared to be on the cusp of getting to the next tier of quarterbacks in the league. The Buccaneers have struggled this season as has Freeman, throwing 16 interceptions and only 12 scores.
Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis has really undergone a strange season in 2011. After a successful 2010 campaign (1,177 yds 11 tds), Hillis has gone from fan favorite, cult hero, Madden Cover- to a player which will likely find himself with another team next year. Hillis has struggled when he’s found his way onto the field with only 276 rushing yards and scoring only twice.
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was my first overall wide receiver selection but Johnson’s season came to an end in Week Four after suffering a hamstring injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson was sidelined until last week and now returns to the starting lineup with rookie QB T.J. Yates under center.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount seemed like a solid RB2 option heading into the 2011 season. However, given the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are often playing from behind, Tampa has not run the ball as effectively as he did in his rookie season last year. Blount has finally posted back-to-back games for the first time this season but he’s only found the endzone four times this year.
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best was available in one of my leagues in the seventh round. He looked like a steal at that round after five weeks. Best suffered a concussion in Week Five and never returned to the field this year and finds himself on the Lions injured reserve list and finds his football future in question.
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin had emerged as a WR1 option after posting 2,361 receiving yards and 18 scores in the last two seasons. Austin has only made it on to the field this season for 6 games this year while dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. Given the fact the Cowboys have a two-game lead in the NFC East and how well WR Laurent Robinson has been playing in Austin’s absence, I wouldn’t expect him to get rushed back on to the field.
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford looked as if he might be a solid QB2 this season after posting an impressive rookie season in 2010. The Rams have been one of the biggest disappoints this season and Bradford has regressed this season. Bradford has been under a lot of pressure this season, being sacked 33 times through 11 games but he has only six touchdowns to his credit this season.