Week 6 Fantasy Disappointments

There were many unfortunate fantasy letdowns in Week 6 but here are the top three under-achievers of the week. Some of us might look at our lineup and say, “What, only three?” Anyway, these are the players we hope will turn it around in Week 7.
Matt Forte
Matt Forte posted 2.20 fantasy points in the Jets debacle with the Cardinals.  The Jets’ defensive line desperately needed to perform at the highest level in order to give the Jets an opportunity to compete, which they did not.  With the game quickly out of hand, Forte rushed nine times but gained only 19 yards and also caught only one of three passes that came his way. He was even targeted one less time than Bilal Powell. How the glory has departed! Forte has rushed for less than 30 yards in the last 3 games. In Week 5, he collected 6.0 fantasy points, and in Week 4 it was 4.30, so this has been going on for a while.
It’s not that Matt has lost a step because in Week 2 he blew up for 28.90 points against Buffalo. It’s that Jets coach Todd Bowles simply needs to use him more. The Jets are 1-5, so what are they thinking? If they have a better option, Forte owners might want to bench him until the Jets make this obvious decision. Otherwise, owners can simply wait it out.
Travis Benjamin
Travis Benjamin ended up with -0.30 points against Denver. Ok, it’s Denver, but negative points, really? He caught three of five passes, but for only 17 yards and, as a punt returner, muffed a punt on the 11-yard line. Fortunately, he’s been replaced there by Dexter McCluster.
Many see Benjamin as a “boom or bust” player. But he can be more boom than bust. In Week 5, he brought in a respectable 11.70 points and, in Week 2, 23.40 points. Benjamin was a productive staple in a poor Cleveland offense, and he’s filled in admirably for the injury-stricken Chargers. Through Week 5, he scored the 15th-most fantasy points of any wide receiver. It is a safe bet to start Benjamin in Week 7 against the Falcons.
Jordy Nelson
Jordy’s 4.80 points against the Cowboys was just part of the general Packers meltdown, following Aaron Rodgers’ QB struggles. Week 6 presented Nelson with a season low in targets while gaining plenty of attention from the tough Cowboys defense. Aaron Rogers spreads the ball around and has a completion rate of 60.2%, which also makes it tougher for Jordy. What’s more, in the first quarter, the Cowboys defense forced Nelson to fumble on the Packers 36 yard line.
But all is not lost. In Week 7, the Packers play the Bears, who are struggling more than they are. The Bears defense ranks 21st in total tackles, with only 2 interceptions. The Bears offense also spends little time on the field, wearing their defense out, so the Packers will be able to pick it apart. Nelson gets the most targets on the team, so he’s a sure start for Week 7.
So here’s hoping your fantasy world is looking up. Last week frustrated, this week elated!

Report: Jordy Nelson wants $10 million per season

<p> Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson offers a great service to his team.</p> <p> Over the past three seasons, Nelson has gone for a total of 3,322 yards and 30 touchdowns. He's been one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets and has been a huge reason for the Packers' success.</p> <p> With that in mind, it looks like Nelson wants to be paid at a level that represents his production. According to a report from ESPN, <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11259486/jordy-nelson-green-bay-packers-wants-10-million-per-year">Nelson wants to earn $10 million per season in his next contract</a>.</p> <p> Nelson signed a four-year contract worth a total of $13.989 million in 2011. He's entering the final year of his deal, which gives him a base salary of $2.55 million in 2014. Based on his production in relation to the game's other top wideouts, a clear argument can be made that Nelson is one of the NFL's most underpaid players.</p> <p> An average of $10 million per year would put Nelson in company with Brandon Marshall ($10 million per year) and Andre Johnson (approximately $9.7 million per year). While a lot of folks would gladly take Marshall and Johnson over Nelson at this time, Nelson is 29 with a lot of good years left to play.</p> <p> With Nelson trending upward, it's probably in the Packers' best interest to pay up when it's time to make a deal. </p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/jasonhbutt">@JasonHButt</a></p>