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The biggest busts in fantasy football this season

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Owners hoped that maybe Trent Richardson's trade to the Colts would revive his season, but no.

Most fantasy football teams will feature at least one bust. It's unfortunate, however, when it's a first- or second-round draft pick who performs way below standards. And much to many owners' disappointment, this season was chock-full of early-round busts.

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Running backs

Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts -- Richardson has been heralded as the ultimate bust this season -- rushing for only 563 yards on 188 carries after being drafted widely in the first round will do that to a player. He single-handedly ruined fantasy seasons for owners banking on Richardson to carry their team in 2013.

C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills -- Spiller nearly won bust of the season, but he performed well in some games -- though few and far between -- this season. Spiller has the talent to bounce back in 2014, but the Bills coaching staff doesn't seem to have any clue how to properly utilize him.

Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens -- This season, Rice saw his yards-per-carry drop from 4.4 (in 2012) to 3.1, and he didn't rush for 100 yards or more until Week 11. Rice had a few strong games down the stretch, but by that point, it was too little, too late for fantasy owners. Rice is still only 26 years old, so he has a better chance to bounce back in 2014.

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots -- Ridley can't be trusted, thanks to his slippery fingers, and his owners learned that the hard way. When he fumbles, which happens often, Bill Belichick doesn't even consider giving him a chance to redeem himself for at least a few weeks.

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams -- Fantasy owners expected the Rams running back to be a solid RB2 for fantasy purposes. Fantasy owners were correct, but with one small mishap: By Week 5, Zac Stacy was the Rams' running back, not Richardson.

Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins -- Miller's lack of success is more a result of the Dolphins dysfunctional offensive line. Miller never had room to run and failed to live up to his preseason hype as a RB2.

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Wide receivers

Victor Cruz, New York Giants -- Fantasy owners hoping to watch Cruz salsa dance on a regular basis were extremely disappointed when he didn't score a touchdown after Week 11. He was drafted among the elite receivers, but the dismal Giants offense sapped his production.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons -- White played through an ankle injury for the first five weeks of the season, and his initial lack of production like caused most owners to drop him. His numbers picked up starting in Week 12, when he had 143 receiving yards, but at that point, most owners had replaced him.

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots -- Fantasy owners expected Amendola to take over for Wes Welker in the Patriots offense, but the fragile receiver failed to live up to his lofty expectations; teammate Julian Edelman emerged as Welker's replacement.

Quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers -- Kaepernick was brilliant at times this season, but he had too many off games to be consistently relied upon in fantasy. However, a strong finish in the playoffs will probably place him back in the top 10 quarterbacks heading into next season.

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins -- Griffin put up decent regular-season stats for his owners, despite appearing to be on the verge of another injury every down. However, RGIII owners' seasons probably ended when his did in Week 13.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles -- Vick wasn't even starting for the Eagles by Week 6, forcing his owners to scour the waiver wire for a starting quarterback before the halfway point in the season.

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