5 biggest fantasy football flops in 2023

  • Packers second-year WR has quiet season
  • Free-agent RB becomes a non-factor on new team
  • Stud RB has the worst year of his career by far

Tennessee Titans cornerback Roger McCreary (21) takes down Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Roger McCreary (21) takes down Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders. / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA
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While there is nothing better in fantasy football than landing the players that turn into studs, drafting a guy or trading for a guy we greatly believe in is incredibly frustrating.

If you have multiple players that underperform in relation to where they were drafted, it can often destroy an entire season. If you have players like this in a dynasty format, it can be even more frustrating because you don't want to give them away for little value but they also occupy a spot on your roster while not producing at the rate you need them to.

The 2023 season had some major duds, and we are going to revisit them here. These flops won't include players who were injured early on and lost for the entire season, so the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Nick Chubb and J.K. Dobbins won't be found here. However, these five players were certainly frustrating to have on rosters this season.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
Nov 27, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs (15) hands the ball off to Alexander Mattison. / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings

When the Vikings chose to move on from Dalvin Cook this offseason, it seemed like Alexander Mattison had a chance to be one of the best values in all of fantasy football. That didn't happen.

Mattison averaged less than four yards per carry and though he posted 700 rushing yards, he didn't score a single touchdown on the ground.

The Vikings were aware of his ineffectiveness as well, using Ty Chandler, who was clearly the more effective player, much more down the stretch. As the Vikings pushed for the playoffs, it was Chandler getting the bulk of the work in the backfield.