55 Fantasy Football Players That Didn’t Pan Out

Suspensions

RB Adrian Peterson: Top 5 draft pick, only played 1 game, suspended indefinitely for child abuse charges

RB Ray Rice: Thought to be the steal in drafts, suspended first 2 games, domestic violence charges suspended indefinite

Cuts

RB Ben Tate: Entered season as the starter, got injured early on, returned as starter, demoted to backup, cut for attitude

RB LeGarrette Blount: Started season as the #2 back, snaps decreased, only 1 snap in week 11, cut for bad attitude

WR Kenbrell Thompkins: Began season as starter, demoted to backup, demoted to inactive, cut by Patriots, signed by Raiders

Injuries

QB Nick Foles: Struggled this season overall, still had good fantasy outputs, season likely over with broken collarbone

QB Carson Palmer: Not having the fantasy impact of seasons past, did have multiple TD games, knee injury ends season

RB Ahmad Bradshaw: Breathed new life into his career, should have been featured by Colts, season over with ankle injury

RB Ryan Mathews: High draft pick, another injury-riddled season,

RB Montee Ball: High draft pick, outperformed at the beginning of the season, injuries have kept him sidelined

RB Ronnie Hillman: Emerged as lead back and played at a high level, injury sidetracks his campaign, may not get starting gig back

RB Knowshon Moreno: Began season with injured knee, returned to timeshare role, played well, injured shoulder, elbow injury ended his season

RB Stevan Ridley: Played great, 2 triple-digit games and 2 scores in 6 games, knee injury knocked him out for the year

RB Pierre Thomas: Productive in change-of-Pace role, sidelined multiple weeks with shoulder injury

RB Danny Woodhead: Change-of-Pace back averaging 12 touches with the Chargers, fractures ankle after 3 games

WR Brandin Cooks: Dazzling Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate, will miss remainder of season with thumb injury

WR Victor Cruz: Persevered through early struggles and regained form, then his knee buckled and ended his season

WR Brian Quick: Was having a career year before dislocating his shoulder that landed him on injured reserve

WR Marvin Jones: Placed on PUP list to begin season, hoping to return after 6 weeks, his foot injury never let him see the field

TE Jordan Cameron: After breakout season he suffered 3 concussions, long protocol to get back on the field again, expects to return

TE Dennis Pitta: Played 3 games after missing last season, re-injured hip ended his 2nd season in a row, considering retirement

TE Jordan Reed: Talented player that can’t stay healthy, whether it’s a concussion or hamstring, he hasn’t been effective when playing

TE Kyle Rudolph: Played 3 games and then hurt his groin, out ever since, returned week 11 for limited snaps

TE Marcedes Lewis: Played well in first 2 games, injured ankle that kept him out ever since, activated off I.R. this week

TE Tyler Eifert: Involved in offense in first game of the season where he hurt his elbow and was put on injured reserve

TE Zach Miller: More of a blocker than receiver, his season ended with an ankle injury after 3 games

Benched

QB Geno Smith: Started for half the season, benched for struggles, one of the leaders in interceptions

QB E.J. Manuel: Young quarterback struggled and lost his starting role after 4 games

QB Kirk Cousins: Opportunity to start, literally threw it away by being one of the league leaders in interceptions, benched for sturggles

QB Mike Glennon: Started as the backup, became starter due to injury, promising start but benched after 6 games

QB Johnny Manziel: Some actually drafted the rookie backup, has been on the pine all season behind Brian Hoyer

RB Doug Martin: In and out of the lineup with an ankle injury, ineffective when on the field, probably 3rd in line in the backfield now

RB Zac Stacy: Began the year as the starter after earning the role as a rookie last season, phased out after 8 games and getting no snaps

RB Shonn Greene: Starter that was demoted, never ran for negative yardage but wasn’t really effective, only plays a couple snaps now

RB Bernard Pierce: Got the chance to start with Rice suspended, ineffective and fumbled the job away, still gets a handful of touches as a backup

WR Mike Williams: Buccaneers traded him to Bills and he was slated to start, attitude issues and ineffectiveness led to deactivation

Busts

QB Robert Griffin: injured for several games, he has simply been terrible with, attitude has isolated him from the team

RB C.J. Spiller: High pick, own year before breaking his collarbone, chance to return near the end of the season, rumored to be done in Buffalo

RB Toby Gerhart: Signed with Jaguars to start, struggled big time, tried to play through foot injury then missed games, now the backup back

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: Started some games, played in a timeshare, his legs have been fully used up, close to retirement

WR Pierre Garcon: Showed flashes of last season’s career numbers, struggling offense and not getting open as much, minimal impact

WR Michael Crabtree: Mediocre receiver like Seahawks CB Richard Sherman said, flashes a play here and there, inconsistent and overrated

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Thought to excel under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, they target him and give him carries, game is too fast for him and he struggles to get open, may not be a receiver after all

WR Greg Jennings: Veteran with best days behind him, minimal impact

WR Michael Floyd: Offense spreads the ball around and he’s not putting up the numbers he did as a rookie in 2013, which many believed he became the new #1 and that’s not the case yet

WR Dwayne Bowe: Big contract, small impact, a decent game here and there, probably last season with the Chiefs

WR Wes Welker: Slot demon for years, looks like his best days are behind him despite high-octane offense and opportunities, very injury prone too

WR Riley Cooper: Earned decent contract after career season, good blocker, hasn’t done much as a starting receiver as far as catching goes, little separation, passed up on depth chart

WR Brian Hartline: Not much separation after a career year, not officially passed on depth chart but definitely passed on totem pole of targets

WR Tavon Austin: Not much of a receiver and a gadget running back from time to time, hasn’t found his role yet

WR Miles Austin: Began year as the starter, not playing like he used to, role diminished behind younger players, Josh Gordon return puts snaps in jeapardy

TE Vernon Davis: Banged up this season, not being in lineup affects his level of play, little impact on offense in 2014 so far

TE Zach Ertz: Thought to break out, makes plays downfield every other game or so, behind Brent Celek who i one of he better blocking tight ends in the league with some catching ability

TE Ladarius Green: Not as involved as originally thought, Antonio Gates still has some left in the tank, Green isn’t playing much

TE Eric Ebron: Top-10 pick hasn’t been used much, can’t really block, had to deal with hamstring issues, most targets in week 11 with 4, maybe catching on