Heading into this year’s draft, many players were highly sought after and highly drafted. Yet, owners who used top picks to get some players did not have it pan out as they had hoped. With that being said, let us take a look at this year’s Least Valuable fantasy Players.
Once more, like the Most Valuable Players, the LVPs are based on expectation vs. output and what it cost to get the player. Nevertheless, without anymore interruption let’s start with:
3. Eli Manning
Manning almost hit 5,000 yards a season ago, yet this year (through 16 weeks) with only one game left, he is projected to have his lowest passing yardage season since 2008 (4,021, he currently has 3,740) and his first sub-4,000 yard season since 2007. His 21 passing TDs are 8 off of where he was last year, though his 15 INT are currently one fewer than he had a year ago.
Nevertheless, Manning was the most wanted QB outside out of the big-4 this year (Brady, Stafford, Rodgers and Brees), yet he has not lived up to any of that. Eli is currently the 19th ranked QB in fantasy, behind guys like Roethlisberger who missed 3 and a half games. His ranking has come from having 4 games of 5 or fewer points (including a 3-game stretch where he scored a combined 10 points). He has also only had three 300+ yard passing games compared to 4 games in which he did not throw a TD pass. He also does not rank in the top-10 in any of the major QB statistics (yardage, TDs, QB Rating).
2. Larry Fitzgerald
What a shame to have all the talent in the world and have nobody throwing to you. I almost feel bad putting Fitzgerald on this list, but numbers never lie and facts are facts.
Fitzgerald was ranked the #2 WR, behind Megatron, in most preseason rankings. Yet, with one week remaining, Fitzgerald is currently the #39 WR in fantasy, 1 point behind Percy Harvin (has not played since week 9), 2 points behind Jordy Nelson (missed 3 consecutive weeks), 52 points from being inside the top-1o WR, and 108 points away from #2 WR Brandon Marshall.
Only 5 times has Fitzgerald scored double-digit points, and caught 6 or more passes., while four times this season he only caught 1 pass. His 69 receptions are his fewest since 2006 (missed three games that season) , his 785 receiving yards are his lowest since 2006 as well, his 4 TDs are his lowest since 2010 where he caught 6 (6 is lowest ever, also caught 6 in 2006). Unless Fitzgerald can catch for over 215 yards, it will also he his first sub 1,000-yard season ]where he played all 16 games since his rookie season.
1. Ryan Mathews (a.k.a the man who had more broken clavicles than touchdowns)
Mathews, my #5 ranked player overall in the preseason and experts had him just as high, fell flat on his face this season. Although it really may not be fair to him, as the Chargers offense as a whole was distraught to say the least this year.
Although Mathews missed the first two games of the season, and will miss the final two, he still had a big enough sample size to classify him as big of a bust as he was.
In the 12 games Mathews played, 0 times he rushed for 100 or more yards, 8 times he rushed for 67 or fewer yards, only 3 times he rushed the ball 20 or more times, he averaged 3.8 ypc, 1 time he scored double-digit points, and only 1 time he found the end zone (surpassed by his two broken clavicles).
With such a poor output, Mathews is currently ranked the #30 RB, behind the likes of Vick Ballard (has not even been the starter all season), Andre Brown (missed 7 games, soon to be 8), Willis McGahee (been on IR since week 11), DeMarco Murray (missed 6 games), and Joique Bell (only rushed the ball 10+ times twice all season long).