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21st, 2007 - Page updated at 6:00 pm
Bodog Fantasy - Fantasy Football Busts: Lost Your Mojo?
NFL Fantasy Football
Mike Halford - Bodog Nation
September 21, 2007
The latest from around the NFL . . .
Maurice Jones-Drew is a study in contrarianism.
Little was expected from the diminutive running
back in his rookie season. Then he went out and scored
16 touchdowns and compiled over 1,300 all-purpose
That left expectations for the former UCLA standout
very high heading into 2007. But he's been virtually
grounded, averaging a paltry 3.5 yards per carry
while failing to find the end zone.
Now all those ugly clichés are starting to
One-year wonder. Flash in the pan. Sophomore slump.
What has happened to the little guy? In his defense,
major shifts in offensive personnel have thrown the
Jaguars into a tailspin. Collectively, their offense
ranks amongst the NFL's worst – David Garrard
is "leading" the 28th-rated passing attack
to an average of 11.5 points per game. Only the Buffalo
Bills (8.5), Kansas City Chiefs (6.5) and Atlanta
Falcons (5) are averaging fewer.
If you can't pass the ball, nobody is going to let
you run it. As a result, Jones-Drew hasn't been utilized
in any of the fashions that made him so dynamic a
year ago: on manageable third-downs and as a passing
option in a two-back set. With opposing defenders
simply crowding the line and daring Garrard to throw
downfield, Jones-Drew doesn't have any daylight to
run, which is where he's at his most dangerous.
But Jones-Drew isn't the only major fantasy bust
after two weeks of NFL action. Some other culprits
Julius Jones – Running back by committee,
my ass. Despite Wade Phillips' insistence that this
is a shared load, Marion Barber III has out-gained
(154 yards to 98), out-scored (three TDs to zero)
and out-averaged (6.2 yards per carry to 3.2) J-squared
so far.You would think that, heading into a contract
year, Jones would somehow take a stranglehold of
what was supposed to be an open job, but he's failed
to do so. There is now a serious concern that Jones
could go the entire season without scoring a single
Good luck on the 2008 free agent market, Julius.
Reggie Bush – Bush officially has one more
Heisman Trophy (one) than he does touchdowns this
season (zero). That, friends, is rather disconcerting.
Much like Jones-Drew, fantasy pundits cannot pin
all of Bush’s woes on the runner himself; the
Saints look dreadful on offense, especially along
their front five.What was supposed to be one of the
elite blocking units in football has been besieged
by injury - blocking TE extraordinaire Mark Campbell
is out for the season - and lack of toughness, with
Jammal Brown and Jeff Faine both getting called out
for being pushed around in the trenches. Coach Sean
Payton seems confused between making Bush the feature
back or keeping with the one-two punch philosophy
with Deuce McAllister. Deuce was brilliant last year
in softening up the defense with his short, grinding
runs that opened up lanes for when Bush took to the
Questionable play calling has prevented it from
happening in 2007.
Philadelphia WRs (all of
them) – Apparently
a good quarterback does not make good receivers.
Many assumed that Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant and Reggie
Brown would be viable fantasy options based solely
on the fact that Donovan McNabb was delivering them
Brown has been the biggest disappointment of the
bunch, his three catches for 41 yards over two games
amongst the many pressing concerns the Eagles have
after their 0-2 start. Once again, Brian Westbrook
continues to be the most reliable pass-catcher in
Philadelphia. His 14 receptions equal the total combined
catches of Avant and Curtis.
Tony Gonzalez – Remember when T-Gonz was an
elite fantasy TE? I think it was during the Clinton
Now he's left to rot while Herm Edwards strives
for that elusive 21 points per game average that
makes the Chiefs coach go "whoa." Gonzalez
sits around waiting for Damon Huard to rotate though
his checks before taking a sack, exactly why he's
only got nine catches for 71 yards in two games.
Nothing is going to salvage this situation, barring
a miraculous shift in philosophy on the part of Edwards.
Or a trade for Peyton Manning..
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