With the 2010 fantasy football regular season over, I think it’s a good time to reflect and look at the players who came out of left field, and those might have fallen down in left field, tried to get up, and fell again. With that being said, let’s take a look.
– Peyton Hillis (198 points) – Before this season, unless you were an avid Broncos fan, you probably didn’t know Hillis. However, I’ll make this short and sweet. This season Hillis has run past and over defenses in the NFL on his way to over 1,000 yards rushing and 13 total Td s. If you do not draft him first-second round next year, you have no business in fantasy football.
–BenJarvus Green-Ellis (134 points) – Although he might not be a first-round pick in next year’s draft, he should definitely be a consideration in around the 7-8th round. I mean c’mon, let’s be honest, when is the last time the Pats had anything remotely close to a run game? With 11 Td s through 13 weeks, with three multi-touchdown games, the law firm has shown owners everywhere this year that he is the real deal.
– Brandon Lloyd (163 points) – With all the big name wide outs hyped up before the season (like Fitzgerald, Moss, Calvin and Andre Johnson) none of them have scored as many fantasy points as Brandon Lloyd this season. With almost 1,200 yards receiving and 9 TD s, be on the lookout for Lloyd in next year’s draft.
– Darren McFadden (151 points) – Prior to this year, everyone was so very close to labeling McFadden as just another bust within the Raiders system, yet all those critics have been silenced this year. On his way to helping his team fight for the playoffs, McFadden has amassed almost 1,000 yards rushing with 7 rushing Td s, and 3 receiving Td s. McFadden could be the real deal.
– Arian Foster (246 points) – Once again, probably never heard of him before have you? Well he, to this point, is the top scoring fantasy football player in the season this year. Being a dual threat out of the backfield has helped Foster run for over 1,200 yards 13 rushing touchdowns and over 500 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Next year before the draft the discussion will most likely be, “Who will you take first, AP, CJ, or Foster?”
–Matt Cassel (181 points) – When he tore it up in New England, everyone thought the Chiefs got away with robbery when they “traded” for him. However, after a less than impressive season as far as fantasy last year, most owners overlooked him this year. In fact he was only owned in 60% of leagues, and started in only 10%, but the ironic thing is that he is a top-10 fantasy QB. In fact between weeks 3-13, no single QB in the NFL threw more TDs than Cassel’s 21. Maybe not a fully fledged starting QB just yet, but absolutely worth picking up next year.
–Ray Rice (132 points) – Well, it was a less than impressive season as far as fantasy goes for Rice. The projected #3 overall pick in the draft this year had only 6 games this season with double-digit fantasy points, and only scored over 20 points in 1 game. With only 3 rushing TDs to this point, maybe his stock will fall by next year’s draft.
–Larry Fitzgerald (107 points) – Event though he has started to turn it on a bit, it was not the season many owners hoped for when they drafted him. The #3 or 4 ranked WR in the draft this year had a less than stellar NFL and fantasy season. Although it is not all of his fault, until Arizona gets a new, reliable QB, I believe it’s time to stay away from Larry.
–Randy Moss (63 points) – What the hell happened to this man? Right behind Andre Johnson as the most wanted WR in this year’s draft; people were dying to get Randy Moss. Now I believe owners would rather die than have him on their teams. After leaving the Pats in week 4, Moss has only amassed 18 catches and 2 TDs (33 points). Hate to see a future H-O-F die off so quickly like this, but unless things get better, he could find himself undrafted next year.
–Marr Schaub (165 points) – Again, like Moss, Schaub was hyped up tremendously prior to fantasy football drafts. With weapons like Johnson, and the emergence of Foster, things could only get better. Although as of late he has started to catch hot, 5 games with single-digit fantasy points and the 13th ranked QB overall, owners didn’t get what they expected to say the least.
–Chad Ochocinco (90 points) – More like Ohcho-Stinko. With the arrival of T.O and the emergence of Benson, there was good reason to be optimistic for Mr. Chad. However, only 3 games with double-digit fantasy points, and 4 TDs? Enough said. Maybe it’s time to go back to Chad Johnson, at least then things were working out for him.
– Shonn Greene (65 points) – With Thomas gone, and LT thought to be done for, all eyes were on Greene. Short and sweet, 1 rushing TD, 2 double-digit fantasy games, and 1 week with more than 100 rushing yards. Not a very dominating performance from a projected 1st or 2nd pick.
I am well aware of the fact that I didn’t touch on every bust or surprise this year, so if there is someone you feel like I missed, let me know.