Fourth & 1 Debate: 2009 Fantasy Disappointments

Nov 20, 2009

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RC of was responsible for this week’s Fourth & 1 Roundtable debate topic.

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This Week’s Topic:
Thinking back to the players that you targeted in drafts at the beginning of the season, which 1 or 2 players have been the biggest disappointments?   What kind of additional information do you think you could use to avoid selecting this type of underachieving player in 2010 ?

My Response:
A couple of players that I targeted in fantasy drafts this year were Calvin Johnson and Carolina’s Steve Smith. Both Wide Receivers were coming off of big years and came with high expectations.

However, a closer look at both of their situations would have revealed some red flags. Calvin Johnson had little talent around him on offense to take away some of the pressure that he faces from week to week. He also had to rely on an unproven Rookie QB in Matthew Stafford or washed up Daunte Culpepper. When you consider that he was being drafted ahead of Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Wes Welker, and Vincent Jackson it just makes you cringe.

There were warning signs for Steve Smith as well, that many chose to ignore. First of all he plays for a run-first offense. Plus, Carolina did not provide him a legitimate complimentary receiver. They don’t have a solid #2 WR, slot receiver, or even a pass-catching Tight End. It’s Smith and that’s it. Finally, the way Jake Delhomme imploded in the playoffs, especially when the Panther didn’t solidify their QB depth, should have been the last straw.

Next year, when I am investing an early pick on a Wide Receiver I am going to make sure he has a stable QB.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    November 20th, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    With my last trade I know have the pleasure of owning Calvin Johnson AND Steve Smith. Smith has been coming around lately so he might be useful down the stretch.

    Still can’t believe Ronnie Brown got hurt the same week I traded for him.

  2. LestersLegends
    November 20th, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    Smith has been playing well, and hopefully you’ll have a nice finish from Megatron as well.

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