This season was a special one to say the least. A lot, and I mean a lot, of cornerstone players either missed significant time or struggled this season.
With the fantasy playoffs winding down, the next two weeks will primarily be a review of the 2015 season.
For each position you will see the order the players were drafted within that position and what their ADP was. The fantasy point total is the total through Week 14, so no Week 15 stats were taken into account because not all of the games have been finished.
As always, post any questions you may have in the comment section below or hit me up on twitter @TheSportsGuy40.
The quarterback position is typically the easiest to predict. Barring injury a lot of the guys don’t severely underperform to the point where your season is killed. Even those few bust candidates could have easily been replaced by the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick throughout the season.
|Rank||Overall ADP||Player||Total Points||Position Ranking|
|1||8||Andrew Luck IND||130.8||28|
|2||13||Aaron Rodgers GB||270.5||3|
|3||29||Peyton Manning DEN||88.7||31|
|4||34||Russell Wilson SEA||269.1||5|
|5||35||Drew Brees NO||235.2||10|
|7||54||Matt Ryan ATL||188.4||20|
|8||56||Tony Romo DAL||40.6||38|
|9||58||Tom Brady NE||308.6||1|
|10||73||Matthew Stafford DET||221.6||14|
|11||84||Cam Newton CAR||300.5||2|
|12||83||Eli Manning NYG||237.9||8|
|13||87||Ryan Tannehill MIA||204.6||19|
|14||95||Philip Rivers SD||233.2||11|
|15||100||Sam Bradford PHI||141.8||26|
|16||118||Teddy Bridgewater MIN||153.4||25|
|17||128||Joe Flacco BAL||162.1||23|
|18||134||Colin Kaepernick SF||110.3||29|
|19||148||Jay Cutler CHI||187.8||21|
|20||145||Carson Palmer ARI||270.4||4|
Top 12 quarterbacks in total points that went outside the top 20 on draft day
|Player||Total Points||Position Rankings|
- Andrew Luck
- Peyton Manning
- Matt Ryan
- Tony Romo
There aren’t many complete busts at the quarterback position, but you could nominate a few more as underperforming if you want, such as Aaron Rodgers. Even the likes of Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger let owners down for a large part of the season before coming on strong late.
- Carson Palmer
- Blake Bortles
- Andy Dalton
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Derek Carr
For the most part these guys were not drafted in a lot of leagues according to the ADP data, and all of them performed as good (if not great) starting options throughout the season.
Running back this season was a complete crapshoot.
Due to a high number of injuries and a lot of underperforming players at the position, unless you drafted Adrian Peterson or LeSean McCoy you weren’t happy with what you drafted in the first two rounds.
Injuries make a major impact on this position. Because of that, every season a handful of out of nowhere running backs will end up winning someone a championship after the teams starting running back went down with an injury.
|Rank||Overall ADP||Player||Total Points||Position Ranking|
|1||1||Adrian Peterson MIN||193.7||2|
|2||2||Le’Veon Bell PIT||87.2||35|
|3||3||Eddie Lacy GB||99.4||27|
|4||4||Jamaal Charles KC||80.1||42|
|5||5||Marshawn Lynch SEA||69.7||49|
|6||9||Matt Forte CHI||129.6||12|
|7||10||C.J. Anderson DEN||89.2||33|
|8||11||DeMarco Murray PHI||117.8||19|
|9||15||Jeremy Hill CIN||118.6||16|
|10||19||LeSean McCoy BUF||143||10|
|11||23||Justin Forsett BAL||91.4||31|
|12||26||Lamar Miller MIA||163.5||4|
|13||28||Mark Ingram NO||153.4||7|
|14||31||Frank Gore IND||124.4||13|
|15||36||Alfred Morris WAS||63.3||53|
|16||38||Melvin Gordon SD||70.6||47|
|17||39||Latavius Murray OAK||130.5||11|
|18||40||Carlos Hyde SF||70.3||48|
|19||46||Andre Ellington ARI||54.3||57|
|20||48||Jonathan Stewart CAR||146.8||13|
|22||55||Arian Foster HOU||55||55|
|23||63||T.J. Yeldon JAC||119.9||15|
|24||65||Todd Gurley STL||158.5||5|
|25||67||Ameer Abdullah DET||69.3||50|
|26||68||Christopher Ivory NYJ||156.2||6|
|27||69||Joique Bell DET||53.6||58|
|28||70||LeGarrette Blount NE||116.6||20|
|29||71||Doug Martin TB||171.3||3|
|30||72||Rashad Jennings NYG||84||41|
|31||76||C.J. Spiller NO||45.3||64|
|32||78||Giovani Bernard CIN||118||18|
|33||91||Isaiah Crowell CLE||95.7||28|
|34||90||Tevin Coleman ATL||38.3||67|
|35||97||Ryan Mathews PHI||90.8||32|
|36||99||Alfred Blue HOU||72.6||46|
|37||102||Tre Mason STL||21.2||89|
|38||108||Darren McFadden DAL||122.1||14|
|39||109||Shane Vereen NYG||75.5||44|
|40||110||Devonta Freeman ATL||189.9||1|
Top 25 running backs not drafted in the top 40
|Player||Total Points||Position Ranking|
- Le’Veon Bell
- Eddie Lacy
- Jamaal Charles
- Marshawn Lynch
- C.J. Anderson
- Justin Forsett
- Alfred Morris
- Melvin Gordon
- Carlos Hyde
- Joseph Randle
There are a lot more that I could have named. The “good” news is with a handful of these running backs, if you were prepared with a handcuff you got rewarded when your star went down with an injury. In the case of Lacy, Anderson, and Morris you constantly got burned with low totals.
Based on ranking within the running back position someone like Frank Gore had a “good” year, but that was mostly attributed to playing in every game this season
- Devonta Freeman
- Doug Martin
- Todd Gurley
- Chris Ivory
- DeAngelo Williams
- Thomas Rawls
Here is where you see how injuries to the likes of Marshawn Lynch and Le’Veon Bell might not have been season killers. By the time of their season ending injuries all fantasy owners knew, with very little doubt, who the main man would be if the starter went down.
Check back next week for a review of receivers, tight ends, and defenses for this season as well as an early looks at your 2016 draft.
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