Every year, in the world of fantasy football, there are a few guys that just don’t live up to the hype. No matter how good your team is, you’ll always have one guy on your team that you hate. Every so often, there will be a guy SO BAD that you swear you’ll never draft him ever again. NO MATTER WHAT. You hate him for destroying your dream of fantasy football glory and you’ll never forgive him.
At LwB, we have compiled a list of the most hated men in fantasy football. These guys are perennial losers who will irritate owners on a yearly basis.
Larry Johnson burst upon the scene during the 2005 season, scoring 20 TDs and rushing for 1,750 yards. Then in 2006 he carried the ball a remarkable 416 times for 1,789 yards and 17 scores. The year after, he was the consensus #1 pick in fantasy football drafts. He proceeded to screw over owners with the first pick by running for a measly 559 yards and three scores. 2008: another terrible year. In 2009, he has gained more attention for his twitter updates than his rushing abilities.
Despite three straight awful years, there is always some poor schmuck who takes a chance on him on draft day, only to bury him on the bench for the season. Every Larry Johnson owner cringes in fear when his starting RB has a bye and he is forced to start LJ as he rushes for 43 yards on 32 carries.
For years now Lee Evans has been the top WR on the Buffalo Bills depth chart and for years he has aggravated owners across the country. Every year, Yahoo! has him listed way too high in the rankings and the poor guy in your league who is on auto-draft wastes a sixth round pick on him. Lee Evans is notorious for getting shutout for weeks at a time, only to catch three touchdown passes on the week you benched him.
You wouldn’t expect to see a consensus first round pick on this list but no one frustrates owners more than Mr. Westbrook. He is certainly one of the most talented backs in the league but the constant injuries can drive an owner NUTS. Every week he’s questionable or a game-time decision. At least three times a year, he will leave a game in the first quarter and not return. If you have Westbrook on your team, make sure you have access to a computer 15 minutes before kickoff every week because you never know if he will play.
Even before Brett Favre alienated his fans with his yearly retirement fiasco, he was already hated in the world of fantasy football. He’s had plenty of magical, gunslinger, “he’s just having fun out there” games, where he throws for 300 yards and 4 TDs. However, he’s had his fair share of games where he throws funballs all over the place, tosses 3-4 picks and scores negative points. As a fantasy owner, you just can’t trust Favre in a big game. He will screw you over sooner or later. Don’t let his fast start with the Vikings deceive you. He will likely put up a stinker in Week 15 when you need him most.
The fat, tequila-loving running back of the Tennessee Titans has the rare distinction of being hated by two sets of owners. Owners of Lendale White and Chris Johnson BOTH hate him.
Chris Johnson owners hate him because White vultures all of Johnson’s touchdowns. It’s infuriating to watch Johnson bust off a 50-yard run, get tackled at the one yard line, and then watch White rush three times in a row before finally getting in the end zone.
Owners of Lendale White hate him because he’s pretty much worthless if he doesn’t vulture a score. His stat line when he doesn’t get a TD is usually something like 2 carries for 3 yards.
Edwards had a ridiculous season for the Browns in 2007, tallying 1289 yards and 16 TDs. The following season he was one of the first WR’s off the board and “rewarded” owners with just 873 yards, 3 TDs and a whole lot of drops. 2009 hasn’t been much better for him. A trade to the Jets has improved his stock slightly but he still hasn’t come close to matching that 2007 season.
ANYONE ON THE RAIDERS
Right before the draft this season, a friend of mine and I were talking fantasy football. He mentioned he was looking to get Darren McFadden. “I think he’s gonna be a steal this year,” my friend said. I warned him saying, “I don’t know if I really trust anyone on the Raiders.”
Sure enough I was right. McFadden, JaMarcus Russell, Randy Moss, Darius Heyward-Bey, Javon Walker, pretty much anyone who puts on Raiders uniform becomes a worthless fantasy commodity. NEVER DRAFT ANYONE ON THE RAIDERS!…At least not until Al Davis dies.
Who do you hate more than anyone? Be sure to tell us in the comment section.
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