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    2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    By John Tuvey
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    December 29, 2005 5:00 AM ET

    Quarterback
    Brett Favre, Packers: It's heresy in America's Dairyland, but one look at Favre's stats—or the sad, sad face of a Favre fantasy owner—leaves no doubt he's on the downslope. Did you ever think you'd see the day this future Hall-of-Famer would rank below the likes of Kyle Boller, Trent Dilfer, and Brooks Bollinger in passer rating? That day has come. Favre has thrown more picks this year than Kerry Collins and Drew Bledsoe combined. If you're in a league that takes away points for interceptions, Favre has absolutely killed you this year. Granted, he's had no help from anyone else on the Packer roster, but if you were banking on No. 4 to help your fantasy squad you likely played for a porcelain trophy this year.

    Dishonorable mention goes to Daunte Culpepper (Vikings), who had gone from the second quarterback selected in most drafts to virtually unusable when a knee injury ended his season (and put his fantasy owners out of their misery); Trent Green (Chiefs), who started slowly and didn't do enough to redeem said early struggles with just 16 touchdowns in 15 games; and David Carr (Texans), who was supposed to take the next step along with his squad but instead looked a whole lot like the next Ryan Leaf or Tim Couch with just 14 touchdowns and 2,465 yards through 15 games.

    Running Back
    Willis McGahee, Bills: Some had McGahee ranked higher than others heading into the season, but just about every draft saw Willis go off the board before the end of round one. He was only mildly disappointing over the first couple months of the season, but he's done absolutely nothing since Halloween. Only one of his five meager touchdowns and none of his four 100-yard games have come in the past seven contests, killing any playoff aspirations of those with Willis in their starting fantasy lineup.

    Jamal Lewis, Ravens: While folks weren't quite as giddy about Jamal's prospects after spending his offseason in prison, the general consensus was that he'd be somewhere between his awesome 2003 and his mediocre 2004. Instead, Lewis has posted his worst pro season on those who were looking for a bounceback campaign, and what little production he has offered came after such a horrendous dry spell that he likely wasn't in anyone's fantasy lineup when he did finally produce. Lewis is a free agent following this season; whether the Ravens bring him back is anyone's guess, but it's almost certain those who had Jamal on their fantasy team this year won't touch him with a 10-foot pole in 2006.

    Dishonorable mention goes to Julius Jones (Cowboys), who like Jamal was so bad for so long that when he finally did something positive, his fantasy owners had relegated him to the bench and thus didn't get any benefit; Kevin Jones (Lions), who flashed so much promise late last season but was a non-factor for much of 2005; and Chris Brown (Titans), who actually stayed healthy for most of the season but couldn't muster so much as one 100-yard rushing game on the year.

    Wide Receiver
    Randy Moss, Raiders: Moss missed Minnesota almost as much as the Vikings' offense missed their playmaker; evidently the preseason posturing about Kerry Collins being a better quarterback than Daunte Culpepper was a little off the mark. Yes, Moss was hobbled by injuries for a large portion of 2005, but those who risked a first-round pick on him had to feel like he'd dropped trou on them personally. When you have fewer touchdowns than Joe Jurevicius and less yardage than Eddie Kennison, you know it's been a bad year.

    Joe Horn, Saints: Where does one begin with Horn's utterly craptastic 2005 campaign? His final digits will represent his worst showing of the millennium, and he hasn't done a darn thing fantasy-wise since his lone touchdown and solitary 100-yard game back in week two. Those banking on the consistency that one was Horn's hallmark (he averaged 1,250 yards and nine touchdowns over the past five seasons) instead had their scalp ripped off, their skull cracked open, and a whole load of waste dumped on their brain. And that's the nicest thing we can find to say about Horn.

    Dishonorable mention goes to Terrell Owens (Eagles), who made it four straight seasons without making it to the end of the year (though anyone who didn't see this blowup coming clearly hasn't seen What About Bob? enough times) and hasn't scored a touchdown after December 15 since 2001; Nate Burleson (Vikings), who claimed the Vikings would have a different leading receiver each week, then made that a self-fulfilling prophecy by failing to live up to the expectations he set last season; Javon Walker (Packers), who paid the price for threatening a hold out (karma can be a real bugger, can't she?); and Andre Johnson (Texans), whose deep presence was negated by a quarterback who had to throw the ball almost as soon as he took the snap.

    Tight End
    Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs: For most tight ends, 846 yards constitutes two, maybe three years of work; for Gonzo, it's a bit of a downer made even more difficult to swallow by his two—two!—measly touchdowns. Gonzalez surrendered his crown as best fantasy tight end to Antonio Gates without a fight, and the former franchise tight end—undoubtedly the first or second player at his position taken in your draft—has been outscored by, among others, Steve Heiden, Bryan Fletcher, and David Martin.

    Dishonorable mention goes to Bubba Franks (Packers), whose days as Brett Favre's red zone security blanket ended suddenly; Dallas Clark (Colts), who failed to get his share of the Colts' offensive pie, ceding catches to the aforementioned Fletcher as well as backup Ben Utecht; and L.J. Smith (Eagles), who delivered on his potential for the first month of the season but folded like a road map down the stretch, even when he had every opportunity to step up and be Philly's passing-game playmaker.

    Kicker
    Adam Vinatieri, Patriots: If you need a clutch kick made, Vinny's still your guy. But the two-time Super Bowl hero, who was undoubtedly drafted in every league, has produced a clunker of a season. He'll have to hustle this week just to crack triple-digits on the season, and barring an NFL record-setting Sunday he'll finish with a career low in field goals. The list of guys with more treys than Vinny sounds like a who's who of drive thru order-takers: Rob Bironas, Robbie Gould, Joe Nedney, Phil Dawson, Olindo Mare… yeah, it's been that bad.

    Dishonorable mention goes to Ryan Longwell (Packers), another booter with a long-standing track record who has dramatically underachieved this season; Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders), who was supposed to ride the coattails of the new and improved Raiders offense to mega points but instead has missed a third of his field goal attempts; and Mike Nugent (Jets), the rookie booter who was going to set New York on its ear but instead has managed just 78 points for the woeful Gang Green.

    Defense
    New England Patriots: They didn't have Tedy Bruschi and/or Richard Seymour and/or Rodney Harrison for chunks of the season, and as a result the two-time defending champions didn't make nearly the number of plays we've grown accustomed to. New England scored just two defensive touchdowns, generated only 18 turnovers, and sacked opposing quarterbacks 30 times. Maybe we're spoiled, but we're used to better numbers.

    Dishonorable mention goes to the Baltimore Ravens, who like the Patriots were ravaged by injury and failed to deliver the sort of numbers we'd come to expect; the Dallas Cowboys, who had more horse-collar tackles (at least one per game; weren't they supposed to call that this year?) than defensive touchdowns (two); and the Buffalo Bills, who rolled over for most of the season before flashing a glimpse of what could have been in week 16's win over the Bengals.


    I agree on all of these...
    Anymore you can think of??

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    The Colts.. for not going 16-0. :blah5:

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    From I can see, Mr. Mexico isn't on there.. he had a couple of good games passing wise, but overall I saw no improvement from him.

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    how about the cardinals..
    nfl network did almost everything with them.. from following the through the draft, and mini camp.. (vomited everytime i saw denny green)

    woa.. just talking about denny made me throw up in my mouth a little bit..

    anyways.. cardinals are biggest disappointment team wise.. especially for all the hype that the nfl network made...

    player wise.. i say favre did good for vikings fans.. not a let down in my book.. he needs to have few more years like that..

    vikings.. hmm... where to start.. if they'd all played like they could.. we'd but in the playoffs
    i m better than you, so just give up...

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    yeah i agree about the cards...

    im surprised how good jax is doing though...congrats del rio!

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    But that's expected from Arizona.. they'll still only been in the playoffs once during my lifetime (how can I forget, that's when we smoked them) and probably won't be there long after.

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    The Vikings are the worst dissappointment to me. They were picked by ESPN to win the SuperBowl and now they arent even gonna make the playoffs.
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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    "ChosenOne" wrote:
    The Vikings are the worst dissappointment to me. They were picked by ESPN to win the SuperBowl and now they arent even gonna make the playoffs.
    Sigh, I realize this is your opinion here. But, if this becomes evident that all your doing is trying to start crap....lets just say you will not get a 4th account here.

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    The vikings are my biggest dissapointment. And yes somebody finally is saying moss misses minny (daunte) insead of it being only the other way around.

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    Re: 2005's Biggest Dissapointments

    although we do miss moss.. he was a good player.. anyways..

    how ca you say we were a dissapointment.. we did better than was expected...
    in the beginning of the year.. we had:
    an awesome D on paper, and an awesome O it looked like even with the loss of moss... but also in the beginning of the year we had:

    -week o-line (loss of birk)
    -new o-coordinator
    -D that may not have had chemistry, or even liked eachother

    so the fact that we could end up with just a winning season is impressive to me... sure i said super bowl and all.. but realisticly, i didn't know if we were going to make playoffs (this was my thoughts during preseason games esp. against the jets)
    how can you say that the vikings.. out of all the nfl were the BIGGEST dissapointment!! outrageous.. makes me doubt if your blood is purple and yellow.. or yellow with a hint of green
    i m better than you, so just give up...

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