Have you ever seen a young kid trying to fit a wooden peg into one of those circular puzzles? You probably thought to yourself, Child...you can't stick a square peg in a round hole. Let's apply this concept to fantasy football for a second. Sometimes, a team's offensive philosophy isn't a perfect match with every single one of its players. Knowing this goes a long way in determining who is a 'bust' and who is a 'sleeper' candidate. The following list takes a look at a few players who just aren't a good fit with their offensive schemes, and should be handled carefully come draft day.
Maybe the reason Manning always looks like he's about to cry is because he's never truly had an elite receiving core. Sure,
When it comes to the Giants, we know they are going to run teams to death. When you have
Yet things are beginning to change in New York. Manning set personal bests with 27 touchdowns, 4,021 yards and a 93.1 quarterback rating last season, but it wasn't because of more opportunities. His 509 passing attempts were the second-fewest of his career, even though his completions and completion percentage set career highs. If Manningham, Smith,
With the right tools to work with, we've seen that Garrard can be a successful fantasy quarterback. Just three seasons ago he threw 18 touchdowns to only three picks, while also rushing for 185 yards. His rushing yards have picked up since, mainly due to a lack of offensive protection, forcing him to run for his dear life.
Garrard seems to have a nice rapport with
Nothing is more frustrating than being a S-Jax owner. We are talking about one of the most talented running backs in all the land, who unfortunately has absolutely ZERO help around him. When you are surrounded by a horrendous offensive line, a washed up
A new year brings optimism in 2010. The Rams bolstered their offensive line in the draft and used their No. 1 overall pick on Oklahoma quarterback
Not many players come into the league with the amount of hype that McFadden did. Even though he was entering a black hole commonly referred to as Oakland, DMC20's speed, quickness and pass-catching abilities were a considered a lock to help him perform as successfully as he did at Arkansas.
Fast forward two years and McFadden is on the wrong side of a platoon, has five career touchdowns, and hasn't even surpassed 900 rushing yards in two seasons. Part of the problem has been his inability to stay healthy (seven missed games in two years), and the other part is lining up behind quite possibly the worst quarterback to ever suit up in the NFL.
The Raiders aren't known to make great decisions, but allowing
Now Fargas and Russell are gone,
It's tough to complain about a guy who scores eight touchdowns and gains nearly 1,100 total yards, but with his talent and skill set, you'd think you were looking at a fantasy superstar. Problem is, the Saints offense utilizes every player almost equally, making it difficult for Thomas to be the center of attention. In fact, Thomas was given 15 or more carries only twice the entire 2009-10 season. In his three-year career he has only two 20-carry games. For a guy averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 328 rushing attempts, you can only imagine what he could do with 250 carries in a season. Even so,
It's a bit perplexing when Houshmandzadeh goes from three consecutive 90-catch seasons in Cincinnati to 79 in his first year in Seattle. While many consider his debut with the Seahawks to be a bust, he actually gained 911 yards, seven more than in his final season with Cincinnati. Still, Housh went from a 7-10 touchdown guy to three in the Pacific Northwest. Better utilized as a secondary option due to his precise route-running skills, Seattle was banking on him being their No. 1 receiver. With an aging
It's no surprise that Royal went from 91 receptions and 980 yards with
Evans is fast. Really fast. When a receiver is really fast, it typically means that he needs a quarterback that has both a laser, rocket arm and a bit of accuracy. In the case of
As a deep-ball threat, Evans needs another receiver to roam the middle of the field and take some attention away from him. Unfortunately, the Bills have no such option. Opposing secondaries need look no further than shutting down Evans when coming up with schemes. As the only red zone receiving option, Evans has WR2 upside, but matching his 1,292-yard, eight-touchdown 2006-07 season seems like a longshot.
Olsen set career highs with 60 receptions, 612 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but that was with