Thanks For Nothing – Fantasy Stars Who Failed: Week Five

Washington Redskins v Atlanta Falcons

By Neil Dutton, Lead Fantasy Football Writer

If this ever-changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, live and let die. Those were the words of Paul McCartney and Wings, “the band the Beatles might have been”. While Paulie Mac may have a point, I find it isn’t the world that makes me give in and cry, it’s the constant ability of supposed star players to stink in situations where we need them most (well, that AND the ever-changing world in which we live in). That is why I, once a week, offer up my hymn to those that were supposed to do great deeds, but instead made us sing the emptiest words we know.

 “Thanks for Nothing”.

 (Ownership statistics are courtesy of, and all Fantasy Points are based on standard scoring)

Matt Ryan (Owned in 99.6% of leagues) 4.47 Fantasy Points

The Falcons managed to hold off a spirited Washington team on Sunday to improve their record to 5-0 on the season, but they managed to do this despite an awful showing from their quarterback (HYPERBOLE WARNING). “Matty Ice” may have been responsible for driving his team down the field late in the day to give them a late lead, which they were unable to hold, but his 24 completions for 254 yards contained zero touchdowns. He also tossed two interceptions to a Washington secondary who had recorded precisely zero all year prior to Sunday, AND lost a fumble. To be fair, this was Ryan’s first stinker of the season, and with a match against New Orleans coming on Thursday he should find his way back into my good graces fairly quickly.

C.J. Spiller (77.2%) 0.20 FP

Why did the Saints bother acquiring Spiller? This is a question that many Saints fans, not to mention fantasy owners, must be asking themselves. After his winning touchdown catch against Dallas, he disappeared against the Eagles. True, he and Mark Ingram were not expected to enjoy much success running the ball against a solid Eagles front, but people expected more than MINUS EIGHT YARDS on three catches, didn’t they? Spiller’s role in this offense is too hit and miss to be relied upon, and even with a matchup against an Atlanta team that practically gives away fantasy points to running backs, it’s very hard for me to endorse anyone selecting Spiller in all but the deepest PPR leagues.

Donte Moncrief (73.6%) 0.30 FP

Why should young pups have all the fun? On an evening where the Colts had a 40-year-old quarterback at the helm of their offense, it stands to reason that he’d have a greater chemistry with a receiver closer to his own age, doesn’t it? While Andre Johnson feasted on his former team mates, Moncrief was kept quiet to the tune of one catch for three yards. Highly disappointing from him, but he has shown enough this season to suggest that he won’t find his name on this list too many times going forward.

Randall Cobb (100%) 2.30 FP

It’s only natural that, on a day where Aaron Rodgers shows hints that he is in fact human and not a quarterbacking cyborg from the future, his supporting cast should come face to face with their own (fantasy) mortality. Cobb garnered just 23 yards on three catches, his lowest number of catches all year and his smallest yardage total since way back to 2012. He is still the main go to guy for Rodgers, but his touchdown potential is being eaten into by the Prodigal James Jones. You start Cobb every week, because of his quarterback, but the signs are there that he is capable of repeating this type of outing.

Charles Clay (91.2%) 0.70 FP

No McCoy, no Karlos Williams, no Sammy Watkins. The Titans shipping fantasy points to tight ends. If there was ever a time when a player should have been expected to be force-fed the ball, this was such a time for Clay. Instead, as the Bills offense huffed and puffed all afternoon, Clay chipped in with one catch for seven yards. This is precisely why we find it hard to trust you, Buffalo. You hint and tease, but very rarely deliver. Long term, I have no fears for Clay, who has shown himself to be a consistent member of Greg Roman’s unit, but with the news that Tyrod Taylor is likely to miss game time and be replaced by EJ Manuel, Clay’s fantasy ceiling is substantially lowered. All expectations should be tempered

Neil Dutton is the Lead Fantasy Football Writer for UKEndZone. You can find him on Twitter @NDutton13 and listen to his podcast here. Or join in the conversation @UKEndZone, in the comment section below or on our Facebook Page.

Tagged: c j spiller, Charles Clay, Donte Moncrief, matt ryan, Randall Cobb

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