With the 2013 fantasy football season now in our rear view, let’s take one last look back at those players that broke our hearts. Since injuries are just part of the game we love, we’ll focus on those players that disappointed us despite remaining healthy a majority of the season. These are the “10 Names We Need To Forget from 2013.”
RB Trent Richardson, Indianapolis
Richardson’s name was uttered as a first-round pick in nearly every fantasy draft but at the end of this season his owners were left uttering words not safe to print. After a slow start in Cleveland, Richardson was shipped to Indianapolis, where the teaming of his power running game with Andrew Luck’s arm had fans dreaming of fantasy championship trophies. What we ended up with was Donald Brown’s handcuff.
RB Ray Rice, Baltimore
The biggest obstacle facing Rice in his 2013 fantasy campaign was supposed to be the breakout year of second-year running back Bernard Pierce. With the $100 million man Joe Flacco leading the way and a full offseason with Jim Caldwell teaching the offense, 2013 did not go the way it was supposed to for those that spent a late first-rounder on Rice. Rice had very few bright spots this season and ends the year as a very low-end RB3.
QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
Kaepernick was supposed to take the fantasy world by storm after running through and around every team in the playoffs last season. Kaepernick donned covers of magazines and was deemed the next greatest quarterback by some analysts, but 2013 just never quite came together. This season showed that Kaepernick was better at leading a real NFL team rather than your fantasy team.
QB Eli Manning, New York Giants
You would think with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle as his wide receivers that Manning was going to be a decent option for those that waited to draft a quarterback this year. We may not have thought Manning was elite but we never thought he’d be the quarterback with the most interceptions in New York, let alone the entire league. It was a very off year for the two-time Super Bowl champ.
QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta
If you take away a quarterback’s most talented wide receiver and give him two veterans on their last legs, how will that quarterback perform? Just like Ryan did this season. Sure, he still had Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, but they were just shadows of what they were in their primes. Ryan couldn’t propel his game to make up for the deficiencies on offense. Not many can.