injuries and subpar play have decimated fantasy football teams everywhereWe’re a quarter of the way through the 2020 NFL season, and . I feel for you if you drafted Saquon Barkley or Christian McCaffrey with the first overall pick in your fantasy draft. Still, I’d argue that watching players you thought would be impactful put up trash numbers is worse than catching a bad break because of injuries. Your fantasy team could be worse than it is right now, regardless of what you think.
What if I told you that I put together a list of the most underwhelming players we thought could be fantasy stars in 2020 and put them on one roster? You’re in luck because this dream team of scrubs is full of players capable of bringing anguish to fantasy enthusiasts everywhere weekly. All these players sit No. 1 atop the depth chart at their respective positions but haven’t come close to meeting the expectations set for them.
Many expected Jones to have a breakout year in 2020, but he might have the worst stats in the league at the quarterback position when it’s all said and done. The second-year signal-caller didn’t play one snap with Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Darius Slayton all on the field in 2019, and it looks like the same will happen this year. He ranks 22nd in passing yards and has thrown TWO touchdowns in four starts. Not having one of the most dynamic backs in the NFL has hurt Jones, but he has to be better than he’s been.
I have to give Philip Rivers and Nick Foles honorable mentions here. Rivers has four touchdown passes and three interceptions in four starts. Most of his missed throws have come on short passes, and it doesn’t seem like he’s able to get chunk yardage on home-run plays. One touchdown pass per week won’t cut it on any respectable fantasy team.
Foles ranks 32nd in completion percentage (59.4) and is right behind Mitchell Trubisky. We know he can make miracles happen, but he only has one start under his belt. I’ll wait a little longer before marking him as a dud. Everyone expected Chicago’s quarterback room to be a dumpster fire.
Remember when Drake made David Johnson irrelevant once he joined the Arizona Cardinals? Well, it appears like he fooled everyone into thinking he was a viable fantasy option and was drafted way too high in drafts this year. Drake is fighting for his life against fantasy football owners every day but remains unbothered.
Lol if you’re mad about my fantasy output the first couple of games, drop me and bless someone else in your league— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) September 21, 2020
Spoiler alert: still don’t care lol— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) September 28, 2020
Drake is just outside the top 10 in touches with 72 but ranks 51st in yards from scrimmage with 274. He has 264 rushing yards and a score on 67 carries and has caught five passes for 20 yards. McCaffrey fill-in Mike Davis has more total yards and touchdowns than Drake this year to put things in perspective. Maybe he’ll pick up the slack at some point, but this tweet doesn’t look like it’s going to age well.
The face you’ll make when I help lead you to a fantasy championship this season pic.twitter.com/6w2S5L8ap6— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) August 22, 2020
Ingram was the feature back for the most explosive rushing attack in the history of the NFL last season. Still, he’s dropped off significantly because of Gus Edwards's emergence and the arrival of J.K. Dobbins. Ingram leads the Ravens in carries with 34 through four games, but his 148 rushing yards are second to Lamar Jackson and Edwards. Ingram has only been targeted five times and won’t come close to the 13+ carries per game he averaged in 2019. I expected regression when I drafted him ahead of this season, but I wasn’t ready for him to perform like a second-string tight end. Ingram’s two touchdowns this season are the only thing stopping me from dropping him.
Green has been one of the biggest disappointments of the year. The seven-time Pro Bowl player has looked terrible since returning from a one-year hiatus caused by an ankle injury. Green ranks inside the top 10 in targets with 33 but has 14 receptions for 119 yards and zero touchdowns. Green’s 42.4 percent catch rate is second to last among wideouts with at least 16 targets, according to Football Outsiders. Green has taken a back seat to Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. Green hasn’t eclipsed 60 receiving yards in any games and had people looking up his injury status long before tweaking his wrist in Week 5. Green’s fantasy outlook isn’t looking good.
Is this the end of Hilton? He’s easily the best receiver the Colts have this year but has fewer targets (22) than players like Greg Ward, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Cole Beasley. The four-time Pro Bowl player with five 1,000 yards seasons under his belt has caught 13 passes for 162 yards and hasn’t reached the end zone. He’s played for less than 60 percent of the Colts’ snaps in two games despite having a clean bill of health. Mo Alie-Cox might be a better fantasy option than Hilton at this point.
Engram is the second and final Giant on the roster and is having an abysmal year just like his quarterback. The Giants are averaging a league-low 19.5 rushing attempts per game, and Engram has played in 89 percent of their offensive snaps. He’s managed to catch 17 of his 30 targets for 131 yards without a touchdown. Five tight ends have played more total snaps than Engram, and only two have more targets. The fourth-year tight end ranks outside the top 20 in standard and PPR leagues. It’s hard to see him turning things around on the worst scoring offense in the NFL.
I don’t think we need to put any kickers on blast. Their performances usually won’t make or break your week in fantasy football. If I had to pick one, it’d be Dustin Hopkins. He’s missed two field goals an extra point in four starts.
I like the flexibility having a superflex spot gives you, and I’ve opted to fill it with one of the most overrated players in the NFL. I, for one, thought New Orleans would make use of its Swiss army knife after signing him to a two-year, $21 million contract extension. However, he’s been below average as a gadget player. Hill has completed a 38-yard pass and has 10 carries for 33 yards with two fumbles. He has no other stats. Let this stat sink in.
Jameis Winston has completed 10 career passes to Saints players.— Master (@MasterTes) April 26, 2020
Taysom Hill has completed 7.
The Chargers have two elite edge rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram to pair with a top-notch secondary. However, they’ve given up the eighth-most passing yards per game through Week 4 and rank in the bottom half of the league in sacks (6) and interceptions (2). Having to face Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady in the first quarter of the season hasn’t helped Los Angeles in the stats department, but they shouldn’t be about even with the Carolina Panthers in terms of fantasy point production.
If you’d like to make a case for other players I haven’t included on this roster, you can find me @its_ameericle on Twitter. I’m open to all suggestions. I’m interested to see how your Week 5 fantasy lineups stack up against this group.