QB-Philip Rivers (Dr. Wily's Robots)
QB Rank: 9
Overall Rank: 17
Acquired: 3rd Round (21st overall)
On the surface, this might not look like a dud. I mean, at the end of the day, Rivers finished with an overall rank of 17, but ranks don't always tell the whole story. Rivers was the 5th QB taken in the draft, and first pick of the 3rd round. Rivers finished 9th overall and 5 quarterbacks drafted later than him finished better, and another one Mark Sanchez overall was just two spots below him. Rivers was brutally bad the first half of the season, so bad, that Matt basically went the whole year with Eli Manning who he drafted 80 picks later in the 11th round and was one of the QB's that finished higher than Rivers. Usually you would play the 3rd guy you drafted for your team, luckily for Matt, Eli had the season of his life, otherwise Rivers would be a prime candidate for Dud of the Year.
WR-Andre Johnson (Da Boyz)
WR Rank: 70
Overall Rank: 212
Acquired: 1st Round (8th Overall)
Yes part of this is injury related, but that's a big problem. He can't stay healthy. Andre Johnson is always a big injury risk, and this year he basically wiped out his entire season by missing 9 games during the fantasy season. Even when he was out there, he wasn't exactly setting the fantasy world on fire and definitely not what you would expect the first receiver taken in the draft to produce. There were 69 receivers better than him and he was a big reason why Cindy finished dead last this season.
WR-DeSean Jackson (The_Twin_Killers)
WR Rank: 31
Overall Rank: 97
Acquired: Via Trade with Me along with Mario Manningham for Hakeem Nicks, Traded by Dad to me for Eric Decker and Brandon Lloyd, 3rd Round (22nd overall)
Here's a guy who managed to get traded twice for his "potential" only for the other team to actually get the better of the deal. DeSean Jackson was primed for another great season, but a couple things happened. Jeremy Maclin emerged, and DeSean publicly made it known he was upset with his contract situation and his play on the field sure showed everyone how unhappy he really was. He was 6th receiver taken overall in the draft by my dad (2nd pick in the 3rd round) and my dad was able to sucker me into a two for one by giving me Jackson for Eric Decker and Brandon Lloyd. That trade ended benefiting my dad more than me, and after a few games of basically nothing, I swung a deal to get Hakeem Nicks for DeSean and Mario Manningham. The 6th overall receiver taken, shouldn't be the 31st overall ranked receiver. Maybe a change of scenery will help out DeSean, but for 3 teams in this league, we were all left with a bad taste in our mouths.
WR-Mike Williams (The_Twin_Killers)
WR Rank: 49
Overall Rank: 140
Acquired: Via Trade with Ryan for LaGarrette Blount, Drafted by Ryan in 4th round (34th overall)
Yet another one of Leland's wide receivers. I never bought into Mike Williams, despite a nice rookie campaign. Looks like I was right. Now all Ryan managed to do was turn him into another bust in LaGarrette Blount, but the fact that is all he could get for Williams shows how bad he was. Guys like Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe, were all available and that's just the receivers. He was definitely not worth the 4th round pick.
RB-Chris Johnson (The Bad Robofies)
RB Rank: 17
Acquired: 1st Round (2nd Overall)
Probably the biggest no brainer in recent memory. You'll never see Chris Johnson drafted in the 1st round much less 2nd overall again. How my dad survived this pick is beyond me, but not only did he survive, he stuck with him all year. Yes, he had a mini resurgence, but for the most part he was dreadfully awful. The 2nd overall pick of the draft shouldn't be ranked below 16 other running backs. Looks like CJ took the money and run.
RB-Peyton Hillis (Channel 4 News Team)
RB Rank: 38
Overall Rank: 155
Acquired: Free Agency, previously traded from Zach along with Johnny Knox to Kenny for Jeremy Maclin, Jordy Nelson, and Deangelo Williams. Drafted 3rd round (23rd overall)
Honestly a bigger travesty than Chris Johnson. He basically help destroy two teams, and yet the irony is he ended up on the bench of the eventual champion. Hillis was another guy I just never bought into. He was taken in the 3rd round, and had a couple of mediocre games, before Zach traded him to Kenny for what ended up being the catalysts of his team. Zach stole Jordy Nelson, and Jeremy Maclin (while also getting DeAngelo Williams as a throw in) from Kenny in this trade, and all three had way better seasons than Hillis, who Kenny used for like only 2 or 3 games before cutting him loose completely. The Madden Curse continues unfortunately and it took Zach and Kenny with it.
TE- Dallas Clark (Dr. Wily's Robots)
TE Rank: 36th
Overall Rank: 226
Acquired: 6th round (60th overall)
Yes there was no Peyton Manning, but Clark was supposed to be safety valve for whoever was at helm at QB. Whether it be Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky, Clark was still supposed to get his. But alas, he became non existent, and there were 35 tight ends better than him. You know how hard it is to have 35 tight end outproduce you? Matt stopped using him after a couple weeks. It was just a big fall from grace for the 4th Tight End taken overall. That's right he was taken before Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.
Michael Wiley Dud of the Year
CJ was definitely a dud, and had higher draft expectations due to his draft position, but my dad still managed to finish with a 9-4 record despite him. Hillis on the other depleted Kenny's receiving core, and provided nothing of value. He was supposed to help out his running back problem and instead added to it. Unlike CJ, Hillis was just flat out dropped, the only player in the top 3 rounds to be dropped for a non-injury reason. Congrats Peyton Hillis, you officially suck!