Fantasy Bust Bus: Nine Players Who Forgot To Show Up In Week 6
Believe it or not, the 2015 NFL season is already a third over, which means we're quickly separating the contenders from the pretenders.
Tom Brady and the Patriots have put broken cell phones and deflated balls far in their rearview after starting off 5-0 while Cam Newton's undefeated Carolina Panthers have been the surprise of the season.
Even though there are plenty of other teams (see: Bengals, Packers and Broncos) in pole position for the playoffs, there are some (see: Ravens, Lions and Chiefs) that should already consider tanking for a high draft pick.
And just like those NFL teams who have little to no shot at the postseason, there are plenty of fantasy football squads that have bye-week players starting in Week 7.
From QB to D/ST, here are nine fantasy players who make you wonder why you gamble.
*Stats are based on ESPN PPR scoring, with six points awarded for each quarterback touchdown.
QB Peyton Manning: 11 points
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning continues to turn in cringeworthy fantasy performances on a weekly basis, and Week 6 was no exception.
The 39-year-old failed to reach the 300-yard mark for the fifth time this season, but he did manage to maintain his streak of throwing at least one interception in every game.
The Broncos are undefeated, but Peyton Manning fantasy owners are drowning in a pool of their own tears.
RB Le'Veon Bell: 8 points
Coming into Week 6, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was averaging 25 fantasy points a game. That number took a hit, though, thanks to just 88 yards on 24 carries, as well as zero touchdowns on the day.
Arizona's defense is definitely one of the stingiest in the NFL, but eight fantasy points ain't going to get it done for those who were depending on Bell.
RB Adrian Peterson: 7 points
Before last week's bye, AP was averaging a little over 17 fantasy points per game, which gave fantasy owners good reason to believe a rested Peterson would run riot over the 1-4 Chiefs.
Instead, AP rushed for 60 yards, had zero touchdowns and a fumble. Seven points, fam? How are we supposed to feast off that?
WR AJ Green: 7 points
AJ Green has recorded double-digit fantasy outputs every week this season, except for this past Sunday. Andy Dalton's number one target caught just four passes for a whopping 36 yards.
The Bengals won the game to remain undefeated, but Green's seven fantasy points had little to do with that victory.
WR Randall Cobb: 5 points
Randall Cobb is making his second appearance on the Fantasy Bust Bus, which means those who started the Packers wide receiver on Sunday are probably sick to their stomachs.
You'd think as a result of all the injuries to Green Bay's receiving corps, Cobb would reap massive benefits, but two catches for 38 yards say otherwise.
TE Richard Rodgers: 5 points
Combine Richard Rodgers' production coming into Week 6 with Green Bay's depleted options for receiver and there was much reason to think Aaron Rodgers would connect with Richard Rodgers time and time again on Sunday.
But alas, everyone who used a waiver pick on Richard Rodgers thinking "boom" is now feeling like a huge bust.
WR/RB/TE Eddie Lacy: 3 points
Last week, Eddie Lacy stumbled for 27 yards on 13 rushes, which produced just three fantasy points. And while this may have been a completely new week, it was unfortunately the exact same story for Lacy fantasy owners.
Against the Chargers, Lacy managed a paltry three yards on four carries, with no touchdowns and one fumble. He finished with three fantasy points, again, and many are left wondering where they should go from here.
K Zach Hocker: 5 points
It can be awfully tough for a rookie kicker in the NFL, but Zach Hocker did little to help himself by connecting on just one of three field goal attempts against the Falcons.
Sure, New Orleans won the game, but Hocker failed to make anyone who started him look like a genius. So much upside, so little production.
On Monday, New Orleans released Zach Hocker and signed Kai Forbath. Welp.
D/ST GREEN BAY: -1 point
The Green Bay Packers improved to 6-0 on Sunday, but that had little to do with their third-ranked fantasy defense coming into Week 6.
Despite a previous three-week stretch of putting up eight, 15 and 22 fantasy points, respectively, the Pack allowed 20 points to the Chargers on Sunday and finished with a negative fantasy total.
TOTAL: 50 POINTS