2013 Fantasy Football Busts
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2013 Fantasy Football Busts

Bust: A player who is predicted to have a poor season compared to general expectations. The player might be injury-prone, have a future star behind them in the depth chart, or just won't be able to live up to their hype. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary

Our writers have classified the following players as busts for 2013. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.

Name Pos Team Age Yrs
Exp.
Pos. Rank
Christian Ponder QB MIN 26 2 Unranked
The 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft could be facing a make or break season in his 3rd year in the NFL . He's been labeled as a bit of weak armed game manager, but does have the athleticism to excel outside the pocket. To remain under center, Ponder will need to improve dramatically on his weak 6.2 YPA over 774 career passes. The loss of Percy Harvin (Seattle) c... Read More
LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 27 3 RB - #41
Coming out of nowhere in his rookie season, Blount surprised everyone and rushed for over 1000 yards and scored 6 touchdowns. He has barely matched those numbers over the last 2 years combined, which led to his trade to the Patriots. At this point, Blount is nothing more than depth for the Pats and will likely see some time on special teams. Not worth drafting at t... Read More
Montario Hardesty RB FA 27 3 Unranked
When healthy (which isn't a given), Montario Hardesty is a solid change-of-pace back and certainly worth an add off the waiver wire should something happen to RB Trent Richardson. The former second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft is not likely to touch the ball often enough to make a dent in the box score. A new offensive system in Cleveland may change his role, b... Read More
Felix Jones RB FA 27 5 Unranked
Felix the Fragile left Dallas, but remains in the NFC East after signing a one-year deal with the Eagles. Jones actually played all 16 games last season for only the second time in his career. However, without the burst he entered the league with, Jones rushed for a personal-low 3.6 yards per carry. While a two-way threat, Jones only caught 25 passes last season. ... Read More
Evan Royster RB WAS 26 2 Unranked
Update (8-25): Roy Helu clearly supplanted Royster as the No. 2 RB behind Alfred Morris. Now the former Penn State runner is caught up in a numbers game for a roster spot. While Royster sat out Saturday's game vs. Buffalo with a sprained knee, versatile veteran Keiland Williams rushed eight times for 52 times. Fifth-round rookie Chris Thompson also had some impr... Read More
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 27 5 RB - #49
The Panthers finished 2012 just outside the Top 10 in rushing attempts, an obvious by-product of having Cam Newton under center. Even so, Carolina does lean toward the run, which provides Jonathan Stewart some silver lining. Predicting how the team will divvy out touches and the tenuous and often injury-prone nature of Stewart should be your chief concerns. It is p... Read More
Jake Ballard TE ARI 26 3 TE - #61
Update August 31, 2013- Despite no Hernandez and an injured Gronk, Ballard was still cut.

Update June 20, 2013 - Ballard seems to be healthy after sitting out all of the 2013 season. With the uncertainty of Gronk and the recent Hernandez saga and release, Ballard could be a huge sleeper. Another guy to follow throughout training camp.

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Tony Scheffler TE FA 31 7 Unranked
For a No. 2 TE, Tony Scheffler sees reasonable production. He had 84 targets, 42 receptions for 504 yards and a touchdown. Certainly nothing to write home about, but on the off chance that TE Brandon Pettigrew is injured, Scheffler may be worth consideration for a roster spot. If he can establish himself in the redzone, which Pettigrew has not either, that's anothe... Read More
Delanie Walker TE TEN 29 7 TE - #16
UPDATE (10/22): He's already topped his career high with three touchdowns through the first seven games but is averaging just 34 yards per game on 23 catches. You are better offer looking elsewhere for a bye week filler as Walker is utilized more for his blocking.

UPDATE (8/13): Walker had a knee scope that is expected to k... Read More

Jon Baldwin WR SF 24 2 WR - #97
Before his rookie and second season, we looked at Baldwin and thought that maybe this is when it all comes together. Alas, we're still only imagining as the former first round pick has 41 receptions and two scores in 26 games. Baldwin has tremendous size (6-foot-4) and natural ability, but he hasn't been able to put that talent to use in the NFL. Having a high-pe... Read More
Andrew Hawkins WR CLE 28 2 WR - #66
Andrew Hawkins will enter the season as the Bengals' slot wide receiver. Hawkins got off to a great start to the 2012 season, but faded badly over the last 11 games. Hawkins may be overvalued entering the 2013 season based on his hot start to last season, but fantasy owners will be dissapointed if they expect him to produce for a full season.

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Santonio Holmes WR FA 30 7 Unranked
Update (10/20): If Holmes could stay healthy, he could provide value for fantasy owners. Problem is Holmes has been out the with a hamstring injury, making him unreliable for fantasy owners. Once healthy again, Holmes could be a viable second receiver in larger leagues or a nice flex or bye week fill-in in smaller leagues.

Update (8/21): It sounds like H... Read More

Jerrel Jernigan WR NYG 25 2 WR - #68
Since being a 3rd round pick in 2011, Jernigan really hasn't done much. For now he will be lining up in Cruz' slot position until Cruz returns to the Giants' off season activities. If, in the off chance, Cruz misses some real game action, Jernigan will get a chance to start in Cruz' spot, so follow how he does in training camp.

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Jacoby Jones WR BAL 30 6 WR - #95
Update (9-7): A source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones Read More
Josh Morgan WR CHI 29 5 WR - #123
Last offseason the Redskins hoped the addition of free agent receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan would boost their passing game. Well, they got it half right. While Garcon rocked when healthy, Morgan turned out to be just what he was with the 49ers: a capable pass catcher that best helps an offense as a run blocker. That's good stuff for Alfred Morris, but anot... Read More

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