I'd like to start a new series here on FSB... Something I'm calling "BrainDrain." The idea is to create a list of thoughts on a specific topic and get input from you. A corporate stream of consciousness.
I'd love for you all to comment in the comments section or, better yet, start a thread over on the forums at www.fantasysmacktalk.com to discuss.
So, for the first one... Let's talk about busts for fantasy football in 2012:
QB: Peyton Manning - Everyone seems to be back on the bandwagon this year. I've got some issues, though. (1) He's supposed to be having trouble with velocity on his deep ball; (2)Who is he throwing to? Demaryius Thomas could continue to emerge and Eric Decker is there... but I'll believe it when I see it; (3) Do you trust their running game to take pressure off of Manning?
WR: Reggie Wayne - He got a lot of money to stay in Indy and he's got the #1 overall pick throwing him the ball after the debacle that was 2011 Colts quarterbacking... He's got to bounce back, right? If he can go for 75 catches and 960 yards in that situation, how good will he be with Andrew Luck? Yeah, yeah... maybe. If he slips a few rounds maybe you roll the dice, but believe you me, that's what it is. He'll be 34 this year, the Colts' running game is terrible, Andrew Luck is a rookie, and the offensive line isn't very inspiring. If he gets drafted in the 4th or 5th round it won't be by me.
RB: Matt Forte - He's still going late 1st or early 2nd this year. The Bears have brought in Michael Bush and Forte is still holding out. Even if he signs, which is no guarantee, he'll be in a timeshare. Additionally, even Jay Cutler is talking about how poor their offensive line is. Plus, they brought in Brandon Marshall and you gotta think they are going to spend more time on the passing game this year.
TE: Tony Gonzalez - Everyone is talking about his fountain of youth. Last year was nice to see him as as productive as he was, actually right around his career averages. But at the age of 36, I just don't want to bet that it continues this year. He has to fall off the cliff at some point. Plus, there may not be enough balls to go around with Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Harry Douglas out wide. Also, playing another season on the turf can't be good for his knees.
Okay,that's one of each... Who are your busts this year? Go over to http://www.fantasysmacktalk.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=85 and get the discussion going.