Another week in the NFL has come and gone and as usual there were some pleasant surprises and of course, some guys who you were banking on carrying your fantasy team to glory this week, that instead completely sucked and crushed any hope you had of winning your weekly matchup.
That’s how the cookie crumbles in the world of fantasy football. If you’re lucky you didn’t have any of these duds in your starting lineup.
QB: Peyton Manning (10.32 fantasy points)
I really hope that A) you didn’t draft Peyton Manning in the second or third round thinking he was still the same player he was a couple of years ago, and B) that if you did draft Manning in the early rounds, that you also drafted a capable backup quarterback. It’s becoming more and more evident that Manning is no longer a "must start" every week. You are really going to have to look at his matchups on a week-to-week basis and see if starting Manning is worth the risk. The Vikings' defense is a solid unit, but with Manning’s weapons, he should have produced a better stat line then 213 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
RB: Carlos Hyde (2.2 FP), Lamar Miller (3.6 FP)
Everyone was so excited after Week 1 when Hyde broke out with 30.20 fantasy points on 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns. We all thought the sky was the limit for Hyde. Well he sure has come crashing back down to earth over the past three weeks, hitting rock bottom Sunday against the Packers. Hyde had eight carries for a pathetic 20 yards vs. Green Bay. Of course having Colin Kaepernick stink it up sure doesn’t help Hyde’s production, but Hyde is becoming harder and harder to trust as an every-week RB2.
As for Miller – yikes! A popular breakout candidate to start the season because of the way he finished last season and he had all the support of his head coach Joe Philbin, who stated in the offseason that Miller was in for an increased work load. Unfortunately it appears that the exact opposite is happening. In Week 1 Miller got 13 carries, just 10 in Week 2, and the past two weeks he has totaled seven rushing attempts. It’s true that the Dolphins have been playing from behind basically all season, but Miller has become a complete non-factor in this offense and moving forward is only worth consideration as a flex play until the Dolphins figure out how to use him.
WR: Julio Jones (3.8 FP), Mike Evans (3.2 FP)
There were other receivers that actually scored fewer fantasy points than Jones and Evans this week. Guys like Steve Smith (2.4 fantasy points) and Brandin Cooks (2.5 fantasy points) but the former got hurt while the latter has been a non-factor all year. So Jones and Evans it is.
I really never thought I’d ever have to write Jones’ name in an all-dud post, but here he is. Mostly because he wasn’t needed in the Falcons' 48–21 blowout win over the Texans. Jones saw only six targets, catching four of them for a whopping 38 yards. This is obviously just an anomaly and Jones will more than likely never appear in this all-dud post ever again, but he has been carrying many fantasy teams so far this year, and when he doesn’t produce it hurts.
Evans is a really different story. He’s been up, like last week when he had an incredible 17 targets, managing to only catch seven of those, but he had 101 yards. But Evans also has been down a lot so far this season. He missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury, played in Week 2 and scored zero fantasy points and then this Sunday he was miserable, catching three balls on eight targets for 32 yards. It doesn’t help that Jameis Winston can’t seem to hit the broadside of a barn right now, but with the Buccaneers falling so far behind in games and being forced to throw the ball all the time, Evans’ numbers should be better, but he just can’t get on the same page as his quarterback. You never know what you are going to get week in and week out now with Evans, so be cautious.
TE: Greg Olsen (2.8 FP)
I also considered Jordan Cameron (1.9 fantasy points) and Travis Kelce (2.9 fantasy points), but no one was a bigger disappointment that Olsen in Week 4. Coming of a massive Week 3 where he caught eight balls for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Olsen came crashing back down to earth with two catches for a measly 28 yards. Olsen could have had a bigger day as he was over thrown by Cam Newton on a deep ball and failed to make a tough catch in the second half, but you don’t win at fantasy football with “should have or could have.” Olsen is obviously still a "must start" moving forward, but keep in mind that so far this season he hasn’t been very consistent and there are other tight ends out there who are averaging more points than Olsen is on a week-to-week basis.
DST: Arizona Cardinals (1 FP)
This really hurts for anyone who likes to stream DSTs and started the Cardinals in Week 4. Arizona's DST had been on fire, scoring 18 fantasy points in Week 2 and an awesome 28 fantasy points last week. You’d think that going up against Nick Foles and the Rams would bring another double-digit fantasy day. Apparently not. Foles threw for three touchdowns and rookie running back Todd Gurley ran all over the Cardinals for 146 yards on only 19 carries. I’m sure the Cardinals DST will bounce back this Sunday against Detroit, but that matters little to those who were burned last week.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.