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The All-Maddening Team
GENE MENEZ
November 20, 2006
Everyone has good days and bad, but these players can't be matched for their infuriating ups and downs
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November 20, 2006

The All-maddening Team

Everyone has good days and bad, but these players can't be matched for their infuriating ups and downs

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YOU'VE HEARD of the All-Madden Team, right? Well, this group is just about the opposite of that. It's a collection of players who have fantasy owners ripping their hair out because of their inconsistent play, injury woes or a penchant for defying conventional matchup wisdom. If you own Larry Johnson, Peyton Manning or LaDainian Tomlinson, you just slot them in your lineup every week and rest easy. With the following players, you hold your breath hoping they come through--or that the week you leave them on the bench isn't the week that they have a career day.

RUNNING BACKS

REGGIE BUSH, Saints

After Bush ran 15 times for 67 yards and caught seven passes for 52 more in his NFL debut, Yahoo! owners started him at an 84.5% clip even as his rushing average dropped to 25.8 over his next four games. Now they've finally started sitting him, waiting for his production to catch up with his hype.

TATUM BELL, Broncos

After breaking the curse of the Mike Shanahan time-share backfield and claiming the lion's share of the carries in Denver, Bell sprained both big toes, allowing backup Mike Bell to run for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in Week 8. Will the Broncos' backfield return to being a headache-inducing unknown?

BRIAN WESTBROOK, Eagles

He first lost the trust of his owners in Week 4 when he was a late scratch (94.5% of Yahoo! owners started him that week). Then over the next five weeks he turned in bad, good, good, bad, good performances. He's still one of the game's highest-scoring backs, though, and worth the aggravation.

QUARTERBACKS

TOM BRADY, Patriots

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