Fantasy NFL: Top 5 Weekly Boom and Bust Players

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In our regular season start/sit advice column we use our projections to tell you when you may want to sit a highly rated player and start a lowly rated player. This is a season review of players who, when healthy, delivered boom weeks at a high rate and / or have been big busts that should have been benched. We are defining a 'boom week' as one where a player's position rank is much better than his overall average weekly rank. Mathmetically, we are using 50% of his average rank. So a player with an average rank of 30 would need to be ranked Top 15 to be considered a boom week. To qualify as a bust week, it has to be one where the weekly ranking is 25% higher than the normal average. So a Top 20 player finishing 25th or worse.

The wide receiver with the highest boom rate is A.J. Green whose per week average rank was #28. Out of 9 qualifying weeks, 6 were considered boom weeks. At the tight end position, Eric Ebron was the leader in boom rate. Marcus Mariota, in an average week, is the #20 quarterback but he also has the highest bust rate at the position. In his 14 weeks, 8 were bad busts. Players like Blake Bortles and Cameron Brate are two of 15 players below who appear in both the boom and bust lists. These are the players who you'll want to carefully manage in terms of when to best start or sit because they rarely deliver an 'average' performance. The table below shows the player with the five highest boom and bust rates. The rank is based on the player's average position rank per week and not their season total fantasy points.

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HIGHEST BOOM% QUARTERBACKSHIGHEST BUST% QUARTERBACKS
Carson Wentz (#13 QB, 55% 6 of 11 Weeks)Marcus Mariota (#20 QB, 36% 8 of 14 Weeks)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (#13 QB, 50% 4 of 8 Weeks)Mitchell Trubisky (#14 QB, 43% 7 of 14 Weeks)
Drew Brees (#12 QB, 47% 7 of 15 Weeks)Blake Bortles (#19 QB, 38% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Joe Flacco (#16 QB, 44% 4 of 9 Weeks)Sam Darnold (#18 QB, 31% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Russell Wilson (#11 QB, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Baker Mayfield (#13 QB, 36% 6 of 14 Weeks)
Kirk Cousins (#14 QB, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Josh Allen (#17 QB, 42% 5 of 12 Weeks)
Mitchell Trubisky (#14 QB, 43% 6 of 14 Weeks)Ryan Fitzpatrick (#13 QB, 50% 3 of 8 Weeks)
Josh Allen (#17 QB, 42% 5 of 12 Weeks)Lamar Jackson (#22 QB, 38% 6 of 16 Weeks)
Blake Bortles (#19 QB, 38% 5 of 13 Weeks)Eli Manning (#16 QB, 38% 6 of 16 Weeks)
Philip Rivers (#13 QB, 38% 6 of 16 Weeks)Aaron Rodgers (#13 QB, 38% 6 of 16 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% RUNNING BACKSHIGHEST BUST% RUNNING BACKS
Aaron Jones (#23 RB, 58% 7 of 12 Weeks)Leonard Fournette (#22 RB, 50% 4 of 8 Weeks)
Kareem Hunt (#11 RB, 55% 6 of 11 Weeks)Damien Williams (#38 RB, 40% 5 of 10 Weeks)
James Conner (#14 RB, 54% 7 of 13 Weeks)Spencer Ware (#38 RB, 45% 5 of 11 Weeks)
Ezekiel Elliott (#13 RB, 53% 8 of 15 Weeks)C.J. Anderson (#39 RB, 33% 4 of 9 Weeks)
Royce Freeman (#35 RB, 50% 7 of 14 Weeks)Derrick Henry (#26 RB, 38% 7 of 16 Weeks)
Nick Chubb (#29 RB, 50% 8 of 16 Weeks)Matt Breida (#27 RB, 36% 6 of 14 Weeks)
Leonard Fournette (#22 RB, 50% 4 of 8 Weeks)Carlos Hyde (#37 RB, 29% 6 of 14 Weeks)
Phillip Lindsay (#20 RB, 47% 7 of 15 Weeks)Mark Ingram (#26 RB, 33% 5 of 12 Weeks)
Spencer Ware (#38 RB, 45% 5 of 11 Weeks)Mike Davis (#37 RB, 40% 6 of 15 Weeks)
Jaylen Samuels (#34 RB, 44% 4 of 9 Weeks)James Conner (#14 RB, 54% 5 of 13 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% WIDE RECEIVERSHIGHEST BUST% WIDE RECEIVERS
A.J. Green (#28 WR, 67% 6 of 9 Weeks)Jaron Brown (#62 WR, 40% 5 of 10 Weeks)
Cooper Kupp (#28 WR, 62% 5 of 8 Weeks)Zay Jones (#49 WR, 31% 8 of 16 Weeks)
Sammy Watkins (#44 WR, 60% 6 of 10 Weeks)John Ross (#57 WR, 54% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Julio Jones (#21 WR, 56% 9 of 16 Weeks)Tre'Quan Smith (#63 WR, 38% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Dante Pettis (#41 WR, 56% 5 of 9 Weeks)David Moore (#57 WR, 38% 6 of 13 Weeks)
John Ross (#57 WR, 54% 7 of 13 Weeks)Robert Foster (#54 WR, 45% 5 of 11 Weeks)
Tyler Boyd (#28 WR, 50% 7 of 14 Weeks)Dante Pettis (#41 WR, 56% 4 of 9 Weeks)
Odell Beckham (#22 WR, 50% 6 of 12 Weeks)Adam Thielen (#21 WR, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)
Curtis Samuel (#38 WR, 50% 6 of 12 Weeks)John Brown (#51 WR, 38% 7 of 16 Weeks)
Josh Gordon (#35 WR, 50% 6 of 12 Weeks)Sterling Shepard (#40 WR, 31% 7 of 16 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% TIGHT ENDSHIGHEST BUST% TIGHT ENDS
Eric Ebron (#12 TE, 62% 10 of 16 Weeks)Ian Thomas (#22 TE, 40% 5 of 10 Weeks)
O.J. Howard (#13 TE, 60% 6 of 10 Weeks)Dallas Goedert (#24 TE, 29% 7 of 14 Weeks)
Cameron Brate (#22 TE, 47% 7 of 15 Weeks)Cameron Brate (#22 TE, 47% 7 of 15 Weeks)
Evan Engram (#12 TE, 45% 5 of 11 Weeks)Benjamin Watson (#21 TE, 38% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Mark Andrews (#19 TE, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Jonnu Smith (#25 TE, 36% 5 of 11 Weeks)
C.J. Uzomah (#21 TE, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Jared Cook (#14 TE, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)
Trey Burton (#18 TE, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Jordan Thomas (#27 TE, 43% 6 of 14 Weeks)
Jimmy Graham (#18 TE, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Blake Jarwin (#28 TE, 25% 5 of 12 Weeks)
Jared Cook (#14 TE, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Vernon Davis (#24 TE, 38% 5 of 13 Weeks)
Christopher Herndon (#19 TE, 43% 6 of 14 Weeks)Jimmy Graham (#18 TE, 44% 6 of 16 Weeks)
HIGHEST BOOM% KICKERSHIGHEST BUST% KICKERS
Aldrick Rosas (#11 K, 50% 8 of 16 Weeks)Will Lutz (#11 K, 38% 8 of 16 Weeks)
Brett Maher (#13 K, 50% 8 of 16 Weeks)Chandler Catanzaro (#17 K, 38% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Jason Myers (#12 K, 50% 8 of 16 Weeks)Matt Bryant (#16 K, 38% 6 of 13 Weeks)
Matt Prater (#14 K, 50% 8 of 16 Weeks)Matt Prater (#14 K, 50% 7 of 16 Weeks)
Greg Zuerlein (#7 K, 45% 5 of 11 Weeks)Randy Bullock (#17 K, 38% 7 of 16 Weeks)
Robbie Gould (#12 K, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Graham Gano (#17 K, 33% 5 of 12 Weeks)
Dustin Hopkins (#15 K, 44% 7 of 16 Weeks)Daniel Carlson (#17 K, 33% 5 of 12 Weeks)
Dan Bailey (#17 K, 43% 6 of 14 Weeks)Mike Badgley (#17 K, 40% 4 of 10 Weeks)
Adam Vinatieri (#13 K, 40% 6 of 15 Weeks)Josh Lambo (#19 K, 31% 5 of 13 Weeks)
Mike Badgley (#17 K, 40% 4 of 10 Weeks)Jason Myers (#12 K, 50% 6 of 16 Weeks)