Heading into Week 8, there are 6 teams on bye this week (ARI,GB,JAC,LAR,NYG,TEN) and with the injury bug spreading quicker than rumors in a high school, you probably don’t have the luxury to choose who to start and sit this week with ease. In one of my leagues, I have 3 RB’s on bye and may be forced to start Bilal Powell AND Matt Forte together for this week; pray for me. It’s not a pretty situation and I’m sure you have your own struggles in piecing together lineups for this week and it doesn’t help that the waiver wire probably looks rough too. Don’t know about your leagues but looking at the waiver wire in my leagues is like looking in the fridge knowing it’s empty but you’re hoping to find something good to eat. The word brutal is an understatement. Well, let’s just hope for the best and somehow piece a team together MacGyver style. So to get our minds off the rough week ahead, we wanted to give a midseason report on the Top 5 biggest busts and surprises through the first 7 weeks. (Standings & scoring is for PPR format and are from fantasypros.com)

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Top 5 Biggest Busts

 

5. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders

Avg. Draft Position Round 3 – Current Rank RB43

For some of us this isn’t a surprise at all but for the risk takers and Beast Mode hopefuls, it hasn’t been a good ride. We tried to warn you before the season this was a potential bust alert so hopefully you listened to our advice. 7 Weeks in and he’s only averaging 38 yards a game is losing work to backups Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington in each game.

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4. Martavis Bryant, Steelers

Avg. Draft Position Round 5 – Current Rank WR57

After missing all of the 2016 season due to suspension, we were all excited for his return after a solid 2014 and 2015 season. He was suppose to be the breakout player we all were hoping to get a part of last year before the suspension and it’s been anything but that. He’s only averaging 2.5 receptions and 33 yards a game. No where near the “explosive” numbers we were expecting.

3. Terrelle Pryor, Redskins

Avg. Draft Position Round 4 – Current Rank WR63

Coming off a season of 1,000+ yards on the Cleveland Browns offense, expectations were high within him being paired with Kirk Cousins which is a HUGE upgrade from any Browns quarterback. Not only has Pryor not produced, he’s also losing out on a lot of snap opportunities. Through 6 games, he’s only had 18 receptions and 223 yards.

2. Matt Ryan, Falcons

Avg. Draft Position Round 5 – Current Rank QB25

The same guy who won the NFL MVP in 2016 and was drafted as a top 5 quarterback in leagues is currently ranked 25th after the first 7 weeks. Some of us expected a drop off but come on man, 25th?! With all the weapons on the Falcons, was the Kyle Shanahan departure that much of a hit where the whole offense crumbles down? Apparently so because Matt Ryan hasn’t looked the same and I don’t expect much change moving forward.

1. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins

Avg. Draft Position Round 2 – Current Rank RB32

Ajayi was going in the 2nd round and in some leagues, especially ones with Miami folks, he was going in the 1st round. He’s yet to score a single TD and after all the talk about getting him touches in the pass game, it’s been non existent. Definitely not putting up the numbers for a player many drafted extremely high.

Top 5 Biggest Surprises

 

5. Chris Hogan, Patriots

Avg. Draft Position Round 7 – Current Rank WR9

With all the hype surrounding Brandin Cooks, Hogan was drafted as a Flex option or for depth but has turned out to be consistent on an offense with plenty of mouths to feed. He is a few points behind Cooks in fantasy production but for someone drafted 5-6 rounds after Cooks, he’s totally exceeded his value.

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4. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs

Avg. Draft Position Round 4 – Current Rank RB2

Once Spencer Ware went down with a season ending injury, we knew Hunt would be in a good position to produce but definitely not this high. Most thought McCaffrey or Fournette would lead in PPR leagues as far as rookie running backs but that hasn’t been the case. He’s totaled 100 yards in each of his first 7 games and is averaging 22.7 points per game.

3. Evan Engram, Giants

Avg. Draft Position Round 12 – Current Rank TE5

Who knew the Giants would lose 3 WR for the year and Evan Engram would be their best receiving option? Still remember questioning why the Giants didn’t go with David Njoku in the draft but Engram ended up in a great spot and has produced beyond expectation. He’s not only leading team in targets and yards but also all rookie tight ends as well.

2. Chris Thompson, Redskins

Avg . Draft Position Round 14 – Current Rank RB8

The hype this offseason on the Redskins was for Samaje Perine and Pryor, not Thompson and man we were SO off! He’s averaging slightly over 18 points fantasy points per game and has become the only reliable Redskins fantasy player aside from Kirk Cousins aka Primos.

1. Alex Smith, Chiefs

Avg. Draft Position – Undrafted – Current QB1

Even me, as a KC fan, did not draft Alex Smith in any of my leagues and he’s turned out to be the biggest fantasy surprise this year. He’s second in yards, second in touchdowns and leading in yards per attempt. Yes, you read that right. No idea what sparked Alex Smith this year but as of right now, he’s the fantasy MVP and absolutely the biggest surprise so far.

Be sure to check with us each week where will discuss not only start, bust alerts and sleepers for that particular week, but also who you should be adding to your roster and who you should be dropping. Until then, enjoy your week Lemon Heads!

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Chris Perez
Young at heart, old in the knees. One of the few but proud Kansas City Chiefs fans ( 24 years strong) living in Miami,FL. Lover of Coke slurpees, Japanese soda, empanadas and Michael Scott meetings. Got into fantasy football because my skills on Madden were on a downhill, and needed to still feel like a strong behind the scenes sideline fan. Your typical Cuban/Puerto Rican where I know a little about a lot so feel free to hit up me up! Known as @noturnormalhero across all social media formats.

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