We’ve started unveiling more staff sleepers, but there is another side to the coin. It is an ugly side.
Busts come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s the ones near the top of your draft that make us shake our fists in the air, scream a name and an accompanying string of unintelligible cuss words.
What follows are some of the players I’ve been avoiding in an attempt to keep my blood pressure below the instant death mark in 2010.
EP’s bold running back busts
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX: I know, right? He’s my top RB. Unfortunately, for those of us who have already drafted MJD, this whole knee thing is new and potentially very bad. I’m not saying he’s going to be awful, but I don’t want to waste my first pick (or any of my top four, really) on somebody who has an unknown knee thing that nobody is explaining.
DeAngelo Williams, CAR: In my re-review of ADP round 2, I said: “Williams will be great, but somebody else is going to pay less for Jonathan Stewart and get the same fantasy numbers. That will disappoint Williams owners.” My stance hasn’t changed.
Shonn Greene, NYJ: Another back I own in two leagues. Ugh, what was I thinking? LaDainian Tomlinson has looked like the real LT in the preseason. If this isn’t a full-blown committee, the job is Tomlinson’s. You have to pay top 20 for Greene and top 100 for Tomlinson.
LeSean McCoy, PHI: There’s a reason Leonard Weaver was so exciting for stretches last season while McCoy was “starting” in place of an injured Brian Westbrook. Mike Bell wasn’t brought in as a backup, he was brought in to fill the role he had in New Orleans last season when he missed three games and still scored five TDs.
Brandon Jacobs, NYG: Everybody’s talking about picking Felix Jones as the big-play back over Marion Barber, but they’re not making the connection with the Giants. The crazy thing: Bradshaw was better than Felix Jones last season. Both players were hurt last season but Jones didn’t have a 100-yard game. Bradshaw had two. Bradshaw also didn’t have any nine-touches-for-13-yards disasters last season. Jones missed two games and had three awful games on top of that.
Felix Jones, DAL: I know I only promised five busts, but did you read that Jacobs blurb? Jones has got to be on here.
Use the comments to tell us if this list is wrong, wrong wrong, or to tell us who your 2010 running back busts are.