Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Lacy, the consensus No. 4 pick, got off to a slow start and was held to 50 yards or less in six of the first eight games of the season with just two total touchdowns during that span. He broke the 100-yard mark three times in a four-game stretch later in the season, but he’d already done serious damage to countless fantasy football teams by point.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
Anderson was another disappointing running back who ranked in the top 10 before the fantasy season got underway. He would score no touchdowns during the first six games of the season and topped the 50-yard rushing mark just five times. Two of those came in the last two games of the season.
Perhaps what was most frustrating was he kept losing touches to Ronnie Hillman, who averaged more than a half-yard less per carry after contact.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Cobb set career highs for receiving yards (1,287) and receiving touchdowns (12) in 2014, so naturally he was ranked highly on many preseason lists for the 2015 season. And he seemed to be up to the task early in the year.
Cobb caught 20 of 28 targets for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the first three games — a tally that included three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He’d score just two more the rest of the season.
By the time your league’s championship was in full swing, Cobb ranked 29th of 30 qualified receivers for yards per route run (1.3). Only Detroit’s Golden Tate was worse (1.26) among wideouts garnering at least half of all their team’s targets.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans made a huge impact as a rookie in 2014, catching 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 — so it didn’t raise too many eyebrows when he was tabbed to be the 10th best wide receiver and 24th best player overall in 2015 fantasy drafts. But his season total of three touchdown catches made him a frustrating play each week. Evans did rack up 1,206 receiving yards, but that wasn’t enough to put him inside the league’s top 100 fantasy producers.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
After three straight seasons of at least seven touchdowns and more than 1,000 rushing yards, Morris came crashing back down to earth. The 27-year-old rusher fell down the depth chart, had five games with single-digit carries and managed just a single touchdown all season long.
Jimmy Graham,TE, Seattle Seahawks
Graham was supposed to give the Seattle Seahawks one of the most fearsome red-zone threats in pro football. Instead, they got his lowest production since his rookie year.
After four straight seasons of being targeted at least 125 times, quarterback Russell Wilson looked Graham’s way just 74 times, the second-most on the team. Graham was the team’s third choice in the red zone (11 targets), just a year removed from having his number called 23 times inside the 20-yard line.
The result was grim: 605 total yards and two touchdowns, with a leg injury ending his season in Week 12.