These players may have cost fantasy football managers a championship

  • Saints star RB left with an injury
  • Bucs RB ran out of steam
  • The latest bad game for overhyped tight end

Dec 31, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) is unable to reel in a catch against the Chiefs.
Dec 31, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) is unable to reel in a catch against the Chiefs. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) returns to the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs: Another guy who you couldn't put on your bench, Kelce went the way the Chiefs have gone in recent weeks, which is spiraling down.

Kelce finished the season on a streak of three games without hitting double-digit fantasy points and his Week 17 performance against the Cincinnati Bengals was one of his worst games of the season. He caught just three passes for 16 yards on the day.

It seems that teams have figured out how to defend Kelce, who has also been a bit hobbled this season and without other playmakers to open things up, he has become a non-factor. The guy who was quite easily the TE1 going into fantasy drafts just got worse as the season went on.

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons: The days of Pitts being considered a top fantasy option should be completely gone at this point, though he might still have some defenders out there. But it's hard to defend the game he had this past week against the Chicago Bears in which he caught one pass for five yards.

He barely outscored the players on your bench.