X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


LINEUP RESOURCES

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

All-Bust Team for 2022 Fantasy Football - DK Metcalf, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tom Brady, Diontae Johnson and more

J.K. Dobbins - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, Draft Sleepers

If you've already read the 2022 All-Sleeper Team, prepare for the flip side. These players are top choices to disappoint at their current ADP.

Busts aren't as fun to read about as sleepers but it's just as important to know who not to draft. It's a bit harder to define what constitutes a bust as opposed to a sleeper. Is it someone who totally crashes and burns, becoming unstartable by midseason? Do injured players count as busts? Is simply failing to live up to ADP enough?

My criteria for selection will be as follows: QBs from the top-20 ADP at their position, RBs within the top 30, WRs inside the top 40, and top-15 TEs according to current industry consensus. I believe these players will fall well short of return on investment. You won't find any of these players on my fantasy teams in 2022.

Featured Promo: The FFPC Playoff Challenge #2 is back for the Divisional Round with a massive $100,000 grand prize and $260k total prize pool. Here's the deal: no salary cap, no draft, no pickups, no subs. Choose 8 players, and as NFL teams get knocked out so will your players, so choose your team wisely. The 1,500 entries will sell out quickly, and registrations will close on Saturday January 21st at 4:30 pm ET . Don't wait - get your team now and end your fantasy football season with a shot at $100,000! Sign Up Now!

 

Running Back Busts for Fantasy Football

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

There are still plenty of CEH truthers around, even in the face of the Isaih Pacheco hype train gaining full steam. We now know that Ronald Jones has made the final roster along with Jerick McKinnon. One is good on early downs but not as a receiver (Jones) and the other (Jet) is better as a pass-catcher than a halfback. Edwards-Helaire is kind of mediocre at both, grading out in the mid-60s as a runner and receiver according to PFF and placing 43rd overall among running backs.

He's not new to the system. He's not coming off a major injury. He hasn't been held back by a veteran taking away snaps. He's just... meh. The idea of rostering him solely for touchdown upside doesn't hold water either, as he's scored a total of 11 touchdowns in two seasons. That's the same as Latavius Murray. You can do better.

J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens

Too easy? You'd be surprised how ardent the Dobbins supporters out there are in defending him to the death. Dare to suggest that he won't be an elite fantasy RB this year and be prepared for the backlash!

I don't care that they signed Kenyan Drake – he just takes Tyler Badie's spot on the roster as emergency depth. I do care that Dobbins is not close to healthy and I definitely don't believe him when he claps back on Twitter to say that he wasn't limping off the practice field.

The argument in favor of Dobbins is that the first week doesn't matter, once he comes back he resumes the lead role in a run-heavy offense and will dominate as he did toward the end of his rookie season. Except he really didn't. In his final six games of 2020, Dobbins helped carry many fantasy teams through the playoffs but that's mainly because he scored a touchdown in each of those six games. His huge game came in Week 17 when most fantasy leagues were over; in the other five games, he averaged 67 rushing yards per game, never reaching even 80, and caught a total of three passes. If you want to count on goal-line carries for your starting RB, just take Damien Harris several rounds later.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

If I have Zamir White as one of my top RB sleepers, it logically follows that Jacobs will disappoint. I'm definitely not the only one who has Jacobs as a bust for various reasons. A new coaching staff usually has a different philosophy, intentionally so. In this case, it's Josh McDaniels from the Patriots' school of using as many running backs as possible based on different situations. Plus, considering how he entered the league, it's almost inevitable this is Jacobs' last dance as a Raider.

Jacobs may still be the starter for now, but he's now joined Antonio Gibson and Miles Sanders in the dead zone as former RB1 types who might never quite live up to their potential as they cede work to other backs. Zamir White should take over the lead role late in the season when it matters most, leaving Jacobs as waiver-wire fodder.

 

Wide Receiver Busts for Fantasy Football

D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

It's hard to imagine Metcalf not letting fantasy managers down. The combo of Geno Smith and Drew Lock is going to make Seahawks fans nostalgic for the days of Matt Hasselbeck. Metcalf is a physical specimen but he's playing for a team that was 20th in pass-play percentage last year with Russell Wilson and now figures to scale down that number significantly. He'll still be the number one target in the red zone but if he catches anything less than the 75 receptions he had in 2021, he'll be hard-pressed to finish as a WR2 in full PPR leagues.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Through no fault of his own, Johnson is going to see his target total drop. Big Ben absolutely loved throwing his way, lifting him to a 28.4% target share in 2021 which was fifth-highest among all receivers. He could still serve as the leading receiver in Steel City but do we really think Mitch Trubisky can get the ball in his hands as frequently?

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Let me clarify that I don't care how "ready" he is to play in Week 1 or any time thereafter. Even if MT were 110% healthy for a full 17-game season, I'd still be fading him.

Thomas is a full three years removed from his outstanding season he enjoyed with Drew Brees at QB. This is a more diverse offense with a different signal-caller. Thomas could rise to the low-end WR2 but that's his ceiling.

 

Tight End Busts for Fantasy Football

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills

Knox won't fall too far from his previous heights because they weren't all that high. He finished as the TE7 a year ago and doesn't really have more competition at his position or at wide receiver. The issue is that most of his production was tied to touchdowns; he was 15th in receiving yards and 18th in receptions among tight ends.

He's obviously in a high-scoring offense and it's not out of the question that he scores a similar number of touchdowns. I just wouldn't count on it, as we could just as easily see Gabe Davis emerge in the red zone. Knox is fine as a fallback option if you wait on TE but taking him any higher than TE10 is a mistake.

 

Quarterback Busts for Fantasy Football

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I realize this runs the risk of being cursed for the next 45 years because you don't just challenge the GOAT and get away with it scot-free. I could be wrong because Brady has clearly found a way to cheat Father Time and doesn't really care who is on the field – he'll still make the playoffs and lead the league in passer rating. But maybe, just maybe this year is different.

He's going to be without his favorite security blanket, Rob Gronkowski. Chris Godwin might not be himself all year even if he's out on the field in Week 1. There are suddenly concerns about the state of the offensive line with center Ryan Jensen lost for the season, which matters a lot to a pure pocket passer. And while the transition from Bruce Arians to Todd Bowles should be mostly seamless, they are moving from an offensive-minded coach to a defensive one. I won't even mention the Giselle situation...

Brady is a safe pick because he barely turns it over, keeps the chains moving, and plays for a good offense. My argument is that his ceiling will not be that of last year and his draft price will require him to deliver on that in order to be worth selecting.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

One of my bold predictions for 2022 is that Prescott fails to finish as a top-12 QB for fantasy purposes. That makes him a bust considering he's being drafted as the QB8.

Amari Cooper is gone, Michael Gallup isn't ready to play, Jalen Tolbert isn't ready for prime time, and left tackle Tyron Smith is possibly out for the season. This offense should take a natural step back from last year but it could struggle to generate points given the state of the roster.

One of the key points in my prediction is that he isn't a threat on the ground anymore, rushing for 146 yards and one touchdown last year. It used to be a big part of his game when he snuck in for six touchdowns on the ground in each of his first three seasons. Without that rushing floor, any loss in passing production could make a dent in his fantasy standing.



Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy football app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, rankings, starts/sits & more. All free!




Win Big With RotoBaller

Be sure to also check out all of our other daily fantasy football articles and analysis to help you set those winning lineups, including this new RotoBaller YouTube video:

More Fantasy Football Analysis




LINEUP RESOURCES

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

ROTOBALLER PLAYER NEWS

De'Andre Hunter3 hours ago

To Return On Saturday
Romeo Langford3 hours ago

Won't Play On Saturday
Myles Turner3 hours ago

Signs Extension With Pacers
Jonathan Isaac4 hours ago

To Remain Restricted
Robert Williams4 hours ago

III Won't Play On Saturday
Marcus Morris4 hours ago

Sr. Ruled Out On Saturday
Alperen Sengun4 hours ago

Won't Suit Up On Saturday
Tom Wilson5 hours ago

Won't Return Until After The All-Star Game
Tyler Motte5 hours ago

Returns For Ottawa Saturday
Kevin Shattenkirk5 hours ago

Remains Out On Saturday
Jonathan Toews5 hours ago

On Track To Return
Dylan Cozens5 hours ago

A Game-Time Call Saturday
Gustav Forsling6 hours ago

Good To Go Saturday
Marc-Edouard Vlasic6 hours ago

Battling An Illness
Marc-Andre Fleury7 hours ago

Protects The Crease Versus Sabres
Kaapo Kahkonen7 hours ago

Tending Twine against Pittsburgh
Casey DeSmith8 hours ago

Named Starter Saturday
Sam Montembeault8 hours ago

Get The Nod Saturday Against Ottawa
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope8 hours ago

Bruce Brown Good To Go
Michael Porter8 hours ago

Jr. Returns From A Three-Game Absence
Jamal Murray8 hours ago

Back In Action Against Philadelphia
Anton Forsberg8 hours ago

In Goal Saturday Against Montreal
Nikola Jokic8 hours ago

Officially In On Saturday
Devin Booker8 hours ago

Misses A 17th Consecutive Game
Kelly Olynyk8 hours ago

Available Again On Saturday
Goran Dragic8 hours ago

On Track To Return Saturday
T.J. Warren9 hours ago

Out Saturday
Ben Simmons9 hours ago

Set To Miss Saturday's Game
Anthony Davis9 hours ago

Probable On Saturday
Luka Doncic9 hours ago

Out Against Utah
Josh Okogie10 hours ago

Available On Saturday
Jae'Sean Tate10 hours ago

Off The Injury Report
Jalen Green10 hours ago

Won't Suit Up Against Detroit
Brock Burke10 hours ago

Could Be In The Closing Mix
Hirokazu Sawamura10 hours ago

Returns To Japan
Nick Senzel11 hours ago

Expected To Be Starting Center Fielder
Alex Colomé11 hours ago

Nationals Sign Alexander Colome To Minor-League Deal
Yandy Díaz11 hours ago

Yandy Diaz Closing In On Extension With Rays
Bo Horvat13 hours ago

Dishes Out Four Assists
Elias Lindholm14 hours ago

Tallies Three Points In Friday's Win
Ilya Sorokin14 hours ago

Gets Islanders Back To Winning Ways
Jack Hughes14 hours ago

Adds Two More Goals To His Tally
Martin Necas14 hours ago

Ends Two-Goal Night With Another Game-Winner
Brady Tkachuk14 hours ago

Scores Twice Against Toronto
Ilya Mikheyev14 hours ago

Set For Season-Ending Surgery
Joonas Korpisalo1 day ago

In Goal Friday
Martin Jones1 day ago

Starts Friday Against Calgary
Tyler Stephenson1 day ago

Reds Planning On Full Season For Tyler Stephenson
Danny Duffy1 day ago

Rangers Sign Clint Frazier, Danny Duffy To Minor-League Deals
Jesús Aguilar1 day ago

Jesus Aguilar To Split Time At First Base, DH
Paul Blackburn1 day ago

James Kaprielian, Paul Blackburn Expected To Be Ready
Pete Fairbanks1 day ago

Agrees To Three-Year Extension With Rays
Atlanta Braves1 day ago

Braves Sign Brian Snitker Through 2025 Season
Cole Hamels1 day ago

Looks Great During Showcase
Jeff McNeil1 day ago

Mets Agree On Four-Year Extension
Tua Tagovailoa1 day ago

Still In Concussion Protocol
Christian McCaffrey1 day ago

A Full-Go For NFC Championship
Travis Kelce1 day ago

Listed As Questionable For AFC Title Game
Patrick Mahomes1 day ago

Off The Final Injury Report
Curtis Terry1 day ago

Orioles Sign Curtis Terry To Minor-League Deal
Tyler Duffey1 day ago

Cubs Add Tyler Duffey On Minor-League Deal
Andrew Suárez1 day ago

Cardinals Sign Andrew Suarez To Minor-League Deal
Matt Duffy1 day ago

Royals Sign Matt Duffy To Minor-League Deal
Michael Perez1 day ago

Mets Re-Sign Michael Perez
Ian Kennedy1 day ago

Agrees With Rangers
Fernando Tatis Jr.1 day ago

Takes Swings Thursday
Christian McCaffrey1 day ago

Says He's Playing Sunday
Sal Frelick2 days ago

Others Invited To Camp
Carolina Panthers2 days ago

Panthers Hire Frank Reich As Head Coach
Patrick Mahomes3 days ago

Logs Full Practice Wednesday
Patrick Mahomes3 days ago

Will Practice Wednesday
Emiliano Grillo3 days ago

Not An Option At Farmers
Will Zalatoris3 days ago

Loves Playing At Torrey Pines
Maverick McNealy3 days ago

May Struggle At Torrey Pines
Keegan Bradley3 days ago

A Decent Play At Farmers
Hideki Matsuyama4 days ago

Another Risky Play At Torrey Pines
Adam Svensson4 days ago

A Buy-Low Candidate At Torrey Pines
Adam Hadwin4 days ago

Looks Sharp In First Start Of 2023
Kurt Kitayama4 days ago

A Dark-Horse Fantasy Option At Farmers
Tony Pollard4 days ago

Should Be Full Strength Before Training Camp
Jon Rahm4 days ago

Heads To Farmers In Dominant Form
A.J. Brown5 days ago

Hip Injury Isn't Serious
Josh Allen5 days ago

Not Expected To Need Surgery
Christian McCaffrey5 days ago

Elijah Mitchell Expected To Play
Patrick Mahomes5 days ago

Andy Reid Says Patrick Mahomes Is "Gonna Play"
PGA5 days ago

Sungjae Im Could Continue Momentum At Farmers
Tony Finau5 days ago

Aims To Battle For Farmers Insurance Title
Hayden Buckley5 days ago

Creates Intrigue At Farmers This Week
Max Homa5 days ago

One Of Those Californians To Contend
Gary Woodland5 days ago

Seeks Rebound After Sony Open
Glover Teixeira5 days ago

Unable To Replicate His Magic
Jamahal Hill5 days ago

Earns UFC Gold At UFC 283
Deiveson Figueiredo5 days ago

Unable To Capture The Crown
Brandon Moreno5 days ago

Becomes Undisputed Champion
Neil Magny5 days ago

Suffers First-Round Defeat At UFC 283
Gilbert Burns5 days ago

Locks In Submission For Big Victory
Jessica Andrade5 days ago

Lauren Murphy Runs To Into Major Road Block
Jessica Andrade5 days ago

Dominates To Take Decision At UFC 283
Paul Craig5 days ago

Unable To Rebound In UFC 283 Main-Card Opener
Johnny Walker5 days ago

Earns Explosive Victory Saturday
Christian McCaffrey5 days ago

Dealing With Calf Injury
Tony Pollard5 days ago

Suffers Fractured Fibula

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP