2020 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 2020. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.
|Seattle Seahawks||Def||SEA||50||Def - #11|
| The defense only has one elite player while struggling to find upside in the pass rush to help close the passing window for their cornerbacks. Their linebacking core should be improved, which will help stop the bleeding vs. the run.
I have no interest in the Seahawks' defense.... Read More
|Cam Newton||QB||NE||31||9||QB - #14|
| After the loss of Tom Brady, the Patriots went bottom feeding at QB with the hopes of extending the run in the postseason. Newton struggled through the previous two seasons with the Panthers while battling left foot and right shoulder injuries. Last year his season ended after two games with unimpressive stats (572/0).
His game and success are built on his... Read More
|Derek Carr||QB||LVR||29||6||QB - #21|
| After leading the Raiders to the playoffs in 2016 (12-3 with 28 TDs), Carr has improved, but his team struggled to win games (17-31). Last year he set a career-high in completion rate (70.4) and yards per pass attempt (7.9).
Las Vegas needs better production at WR after ranking 30th in catches (145) and receiving yards (1858) in 2019.
Carr has the ... Read More
|Mark Ingram||RB||BAL||30||9||RB - #31|
|In a way, Ingram overachieved his opportunity (15.2 touches per game) in fantasy points (244.50 FPPG in PPR leagues – 9th) thanks to a high volume of touchdowns (15). His catch rate (89.7) commands more chances, but age (30) isn't on his side. Last year the Ravens' RBs rushed for 2,029 yards on 399 carries with 14 TDs and reasonable value in the passing game ... Read More|
|Kerryon Johnson||RB||DET||23||2||RB - #42|
| In back-to-back seasons, Johnson missed a significant portion of the year with knee injuries.
His season started with three flat games (193 combined yards with two TDs and five catches) due to no running room (2.6 YPC). After a good game (157 combined yards with two catches) in Week 4, his production was minimal in his other four contests (180 combined yar... Read More
|Sony Michel||RB||NE||25||2||RB - #62|
| The excitement of Michel being an upside runner on early downs is dwindling. He continued to offer no value in the passing game. Over 456 rushes in his NFL career, Michel gained over 20 yards on just seven plays. His yards per carry dropped to 3.7, painting him as a grinder back going forward. Last year Michel lacked the wheels to make big plays when reaching the ... Read More|
|O.J. Howard||TE||TB||25||3||TE - #20|
|Howard went down as a draft-day bust for fantasy owners last year. His career was trending forward despite missing six games in 2018 (34/565/5).
The change in coaching staff in Tampa and the coach-speak added up to a goose egg as far as impact value for fantasy teams in every game in 2019. His only TD came against the Cardinals that ranked last in the leagu... Read More
|Vance McDonald||TE||PIT||30||7||TE - #45|
| McDonald was drafted as a top ten option in 2019 after setting career-highs in catches (50), yards (610), and targets (72). His window for fulfilling his expected value left after the injury to Roethlisberger. Last year he failed to gain over 40 yards in any game. With Eric Ebron on the roster, McDonald lacks the pulse to be a week-to-week TE option in 202... Read More|
|Odell Beckham||WR||CLE||27||6||WR - #19|
|Beckham lost the bounce in his step over his last 32 games, which came after an explosive start to his career over three seasons for the Giants (288/4122/35 on 157 targets). His catch rate (55.6) in 2019 came in well below his rookie season (70.0) percent). Beckham finished 12th in WR targets (133), but 25th in WR scoring (203.0) in PPR leagues with only one impact... Read More|
|Keenan Allen||WR||LAC||28||7||WR - #32|
|Allen finished 3rd (284.2), 12th (261.1), and 6th (262.0) in fantasy points scoring in PPR leagues over the past three seasons. Over this span, he averaged 101 catches for 1,263 yards and six TDs on 150 targets.
His 2019 season started with 29 catches for 404 yards and three TDs over his first three games. He scored only three more TDs with no other games w... Read More
|Henry Ruggs||WR||LVR||R||WR - #46|
| Ruggs brings elite speed (4.27 forty) to the passing game, but he only had 98 catches for 1,716 yards and 24 TDs over four seasons. He did score a touchdown once every four times he touched the ball.
In 2018, Ruggs worked his way to WR2 as far as catches (46) in Alabama's offense, but he had to compete with WR Jaylen Waddle (45/848/7), TE Irv Smith (44/710... Read More
|Sammy Watkins||WR||KC||27||6||WR - #71|
| After a great start in Week 1 (9/198/3), Watkins failed to capitalize on the WR Tyreek Hill injury. From Week 2 to Week 17, he caught only 43 passes for 475 yards and no TDs on 79 targets.
Watkins posted a zero in Week 4 after leaving the game early and another empty showing in Week 13.
Over his down stretch, he gained 50 yards or fewer in ten game... Read More
|Alshon Jeffery||WR||PHI||30||8||WR - #75|
| The Jeffery fantasy flame is fading by the turn of each calendar day. Last year he played well in two games (10/76/1 and 9/137/1), but a zero in Week 2 and six missed games led to a seven-year low in catches (43), receiving yards (490), and targets (73).
His last impact season came in 2014 (85/1133/10). Jeffery had foot surgery in December, which may lead ... Read More
|John Ross||WR||CIN||24||3||WR - #95|
|Ross busted out of the gates in 2019 with two impact games (7/158/2 and 4/112/1), creating some early season waiver wire buzz. The Bills (2/22) and Steelers (3/36) shut him down over the next two weeks before missing eight games with a right shoulder injury. His season ended with 12 catches for 178 yards on 24 targets over his final four contests. Ross is a former ... Read More|