Top Fantasy Football Players That Will Be Busts in 2014


If you want to be successful in fantasy football, you have to decipher which players in the upcoming season are going to be potential busts.

Busts in fantasy sports can be classified as either of the following:

  • A player who under-performs in relation to their draft position.
  • Unable to live up to expectations.
  • Wildly inconsistent production
  • Season is plagued by injuries.

You never want to be the owner of a player who is labeled as a bust at the end of the year in fantasy football because it will ultimately ruin the entire foundation of your roster.  

You want to do everything you can to avoid the possibility of selecting one of these players during your draft.  If you do not, this is what can truly separate the pretenders and the contenders when it comes to playoff time in your league.  

Here are the top busts of the 2014 fantasy football season.


It was an off-season to forget for the Panthers as they witnessed several key players depart that will make it very difficult for Newton to succeed in his third season.  The retirement of left tackle Jordan Gross created a huge hole on Carolina’s offensive line which will likely be problematic for the entire season .   Newton is still not completely healthy as he continues to recover from an off-season ankle surgery. However, the biggest factor  which indicates Newton will be a busts this season is he has zero offensive weapons to help him make a consistent fantasy contributor every week.  The Panthers said goodbye to Steve Smith and Ted Ginn during the off-season, and instead acquired  veterans Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery.  The Panthers also selected Kelvin Benjamin during the NFL draft, but he is unlikely to be the number one wide receiver in his first year.  These wide receivers will create a lot of challenges for Newton as they try to create any resemblance of chemistry.  If you combine all these factors for him this season, it is going to be a very long year for those who own him in fantasy football.
DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson perhaps is excited to be leaving a Philadelphia Eagles franchise which undervalued him, but his new destination in Washington has him overvalued which warrants him the bust label.  There are a lot of folks out there who truly feel Jackson will be a top-10 wide receiver this season at his new home with the Redskins and by having Robert Griffin throwing passes his way.  Based on this assumption, Jackson will be overvalued on draft day. Last season for Jackson, it was his first since 2010 in which he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards and he was able to reach such achievement by only having five games where he had over 100 receiving yards. Throughout his career, Jackson has been known as being widely inconsistent every single week and this will be the continued trend in 2014 due to the limited targets he will see because of the presences of Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Alfred Morris.   Jackson will be the ultimate boom or bust player this season, but you are more than likely to have more bust when it comes to starting him on your roster.



How does a player back up a season where he threw 27 touchdowns and only being intercepted twice?  He falls back quickly to Earth.  Foles had a break-out year in his second season with the Eagles in 2013, but the departure of his best wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the off-season was a critical blow to his value in fantasy football.  His interception rate will likely go up and without being in possession of an elite wide receiver will make it will very difficult for him to duplicate the same success he had last season.


Ben Tate

The Browns signed Tate in the off-season to be their featured back in this season, and immediately everyone in fantasy football world began to salivate at the type of season he can have in Cleveland.  Everyone needs to slow down a bit here before  we anoint him as a top-10 running back in 2014.  He is on a Browns offense which will likely be stagnant the entire season and they will have a very difficult time moving the ball down the chains as they will likely be without  their star wide receiver Josh Gordon due to a suspension.  It needs to be noted that Tate was constantly on the injury report as missed 24 out of 64 games during his time with the Houston Texans.    You can’t assume that he will stay healthy for the entire season with the Browns, especially considering the workload he is expected to get in Cleveland.  There is way too much risk in selecting Tate and he will likely do your fantasy team more  harm than good if you do draft him.