Fantasy Bust Bus: Nine Players Who Forgot To Show Up In Week 8
With Week 8 of the NFL officially in the books, it's becoming increasingly apparent whether or not you're going to make your fantasy football playoff.
Or, if you're like me -- my team is currently 3-5, coming off a win -- it was probably clear well before this last round of games.
But I digress.
For some who were counting on big players to make big plays -- Odell Beckham Jr. and Drew Brees owners -- things went very well.
But for others -- Aaron Rodgers and Emmanuel Sanders owners -- well, not so much.
Here's a look at some of the other big-time NFL names who never got out of the starting gate in Week 8 and left many fantasy owners with an incurable hangover of a different kind to start the week.
QB Aaron Rodgers: 6 points
Coming into Week 8, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers was widely considered the best quarterback in football, but he turned in one of the most underwhelming performances of his career against a stout Denver defense.
Throwing for just 77 yards on 22 attempts, Rodgers failed to record a single touchdown for this first time this season. And in case you had any doubt, his six fantasy points are far and away his lowest total for the season.
I doubt Rodgers' fantasy owners are feeling relaxed today.
RB Justin Forsett: 7 points
Ravens running back Justin Forsett was pegged to have the third-best RB performance in the league in Week 8, but I guess that's why they call it a projection.
Carrying the ball for a struggling Baltimore side, Forsett picked up just 69 yards on 17 rushes. Seven fantasy points is his second-lowest output for the season and is simply not going to get it done for fantasy owners.
RB Chris Ivory: 6 points
It was a day to forget for Chris Ivory and the Jets in Oakland on Sunday. Not only did Todd Bowles' team fall to the Raiders, 34-20, but their running game and defense -- team hallmarks -- fell short of expectations.
Ivory, who put up fantasy performances of 28 and 13 in his last two weeks, respectively, finished with just 17 yards on 15 carries. His six fantasy points were nowhere near his 15-point projection.
WR Emmanuel Sanders: 4 points
The Denver Broncos maintained their perfect start to the 2015 season by defeating the Packers on Sunday night, but wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was virtually nonexistent on the field.
Sanders produced his lowest output of the season against Green Bay, hauling in just two receptions for a total of 22 yards.
Denver's defense is a force to be reckoned with, though.
WR Mike Evans: 7 points
Jameis Winston and the Bucs gutted out a gritty 23-20 win over the Falcons on Sunday, but Mike Evans fantasy owners were sick after the wideout's zero-touchdown fantasy performance.
Things looked so promising for Evans coming off a 30-point fantasy day in Week 7, but the former Texas A&M Aggie hauled in just three passes for 48 yards in Atlanta.
TE Jason Witten: 3 points
Following a 2-0 start, the Dallas Cowboys have faltered to five straight losses under Jason Garrett. And even though starting quarterback Tony Romo is still sidelined with a fractured collarbone, fantasy owners expect big things out of veteran tight end Jason Witten.
Unfortunately for them, backup quarterback Matt Cassel simply isn't leaning on his tight end right now. Witten grabbed just two catches for 16 yards on Sunday, finishing with his lowest fantasy output of the season, three points.
FLEX Matt Forte: 10 points
The Chicago Bears aren't a very good football team at the moment, but running back Matt Forte has still been doing his thing this season for the most part.
The Tulane grad has made a career as not only a great rusher but a premier pass-catching back. In week 8, though, Forte was handed the ball just 10 times and racked up only 41 yards.
A 10-fantasy-point performance doesn't sound like a win to me.
D/ST NY JETS: -6 points
The New York Jets are built on a solid defense, but they've looked more like a wet paper bag than a fortress the last two weeks.
After allowing 30 points against New England in Week 7, New York gave up 34 to an up-and-coming Oakland offense on Sunday.
The -6 points have fantasy owners feeling more than a little green to start the work week.
K Andrew Franks: 0 points
Expectations may not have been high for Miami Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks in Week 8, but if you picked him up hoping for a little magic -- or at least for him to cover his projection -- well, you were most definitely disappointed.
After missing his only field goal attempt of the game against the Patriots, Franks put up a big zero in the fantasy column.
Better luck next week, folks.
TOTAL: 37 POINTS