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The Most Disappointing Fantasy Players This Season

The Most Disappointing Fantasy Players This Season

With fantasy playoffs approaching us in the next few weeks, it is time to take a look back and hand out some awards. This week we’ll take a look at some of the players who were supposed to be big money makers, but ended up falling very flat of expectations. Here’s one player at every fantasy position that was heavily disappointing. (NOTE: Players who ended up on IR like Ben Roethlisberger are not considered for this list.)

These picks are based on a blend of production vs ADP. The higher they fall, the harder they land.

QB: Baker Mayfield, Browns

ADP(12 Teams): 57th Overall, 4th QB

The hype was too much. Baker is not alone in his season of disappointment. The Cleveland Browns have been hot garbage this season. He’s thrown 11 TDs to 12 INTs and for any QB, those are some horrible numbers. There have been worse options to Baker this season, but when you consider how highly valued he was coming into the season, this is not at all what fantasy owners were expecting. Baker and the Browns were supposed to be an unstoppable force, but this team is living proof that over hyping a season before it’s even started can be fatal.

RB: Saquon Barkley, Giants

ADP(12 Teams): 1st Overall, 1st RB

Almost everyone’s consensus first overall pick going into the season, Saquon started off like the first overall pick, but then an injury changed everything. Saquon was supposed to miss 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain, but came back after three. The effects of which, mixed with a shotty Giant’s offense, have greatly deteriorated Barkley’s performance. Every fantasy owner is kicking themselves, wishing they’d not taken Saquon, when they could have literally had anyone else. If those owners are still in the playoffs, then they’ll be hoping for Saquon to be fully healed for a championship run.

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers

ADP(12 Teams): 17th Overall, 7th WR

When Pittsburgh lost Big Ben at the start of the season, their season was in jeopardy. Having a young and inexperienced backup jump in and lead your team is never a good thing. JuJu suffered from this sudden change the most. With ABs departure, JuJu was primed for a huge 2019, and was highly invested into as a top 10 fantasy option. But he has failed to produce at that level this season. It could just be Juju trying to figure out his new role as the leader of the offense, or the sudden change from future HOFer to a young backup, but JuJu’s first season as the new number one option on Pittsburgh was a wash.

TE: O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

ADP(12 Teams): 55th Overall, 4th TE

Probably THE most disappointing fantasy player this season, Howard was finally looking to take the leap into super stardom in 2019. However, even with a high scoring offense, Howard has failed to find a steady role. Fantasy owners were very high on Howard, much like Baker, and invested a high pick in him. For a TE, being drafted in the fifties is very flattering, but Howard’s availability has steadily gone up throughout the year has owners reluctantly give up on their TE they invested in as a starter.

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The Most Disappointing Fantasy Players This Season

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