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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 5: First Quarter Busts

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: First Quarter Busts

October 2, 2013

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2013 Is Becoming the Year of the Bust

The Fantasy Football World has been in a state of turmoil this season due to many underperforming high draft picks. While every fantasy footballer knows there will be early round bust each season, no one could have anticipated this many. Here are a few names that have been 1st quarter bust: Ray Rice, Doug Martin, CJ Spiller, Stevan Ridley, Chris Johnson, MJD, Larry Fitzgerald, and Roddy White.

The problem with most of these players is that there does not seem to be an end to the downward spiral for most of them.  Roddy White is the only one that has a clear path to redemption laid out before him.  When White's ankle gets back to 100%, he should go back to producing like a top 10 WR.   Despite apparent similarities in the situations between White and Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald's road to fantasy redemption is not as smooth as White's road. Carson Palmer has not played well, and the Cardinals' running game has been terrible.  This leaves Fitzgerald taking the full brunt of opposing defensive efforts, and even when he gets back to 100%, there is no guarantee that the other offensive players in Arizona will give Fitzgerald the help he needs to return to fantasy football stardom.

Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 5: First Quarter Busts

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As for the running back busts, there is only one real conclusion that can be drawn from such an unstable situation, these players will cause many more headaches the rest of the season.  Doug Martin and MJD face the same troubling situation, and that is terrible quarterback play.  Neither Martin or MJD will see much running room until their supporting QB's prove they can complete passes in the NFL.

Ray Rice and CJ have similar issues as well, and that is under usage.  While rice has been hurt, he is too good to be sharing carries with Peirce.  Its like the Raven's coaching staff has forgotten how Rice saved their season last year with his amazing 4th and 29 conversion against the Chargers.  And poor CJ, whatever happened to the Titans giving him screen passes to let him operate in space?  Johnson may be the most underutilized player in the league, and with arguable the three best defenses coming up next on his schedule, it does not look like things will get any better for CJ, looking like No K, this year.

Stevan Ridley and Spiller can be compared because they both appeared to be their teams' workhorses, and all of a sudden they were in even timeshare committees.  It can be argued that Ridley owners should not be surprised because Belichick does crazy things, but Spiller was supposed to run till he threw up.  There are no signs to suggest that either Ridley or Spiller will regain a full lead role without the aid of the injury bug.

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