MiniDitkas wrote:What about marvin Harrison?
Can you put injured people on the bust list? It's not their fault.
Injured players...hard to call busts. It's more of an unfortunate thing than a total underperformance.
I personally would define busts as players expected to perform at a certain level that missed horribly.
I would not call Harrison a bust. I just wouldn't. Yes, he fits my description of "expected to perform at a certain level but didn't" so far, but missing the expectation horribly? I had no intent on believing Manning and the crew would have nearly as many TD's as last year, so seeing him with 388 yards and 5 TD's through 7 games really isn't that bad. He's 14th in WR scoring right now, which is a high #2. Sure, he should probably have about 500-550 yards right now, but he probably won't get 1500 yards ever again. The last few years he's been around 1200. All it takes is a few games with 150+ yards receiving to bring his averages in line again.
Basically what I'm saying is that "bust" should be reserved for the completely horrific missing of total stats. Here are some players I would call "busts" so far
(There are still 9 games left in the season for most teams):
Jamal Lewis. Expected 1st round value from a 2nd round steal. Hasn't run for crap this year and shows no signs of improvement with a horrible team.
Tony Gonzalez. The loss of Roaf ate into his pattern running, plus Green is throwing even more underneath than normal. I think the loss of Morton was very detrimental to that team. It at least gave KC two established threats at the WR slot. I believe he will be off my list in about 3-4 games since he's caught 7 balls the last two weeks and finally scored a TD last week. Still not worth what was paid, but he should salvage a decent year and be in the top 6-7 TE's.
Peyton Manning. OK, I didn't expect last year again in the slightest, but I didn't think he would be ranked 14th in QB scoring so far. He's trending for "only" 3500 yards. With the amount of bad teams he has played, you'd have thought he would have passed them into oblivion. They haven't had to do that to win so far, so they just aren't passing as much. The "new" Manning has killed a lot of teams so far considering most of them didn't get a top RB in order to secure his services.
(Note that other people's scoring systems might have them different, but it's probably close.)