Special Report

25 Athletes Who Were Huge Disappointments in 2017

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1. Adrian Peterson
> Position: Running back
> Team: New Orleans Saints / Arizona Cardinals
> League: NFL

Adrian Peterson’s first season away from the Minnesota Vikings was a frustrating one. The former NFL MVP struggled to get playing time on the New Orleans Saints, losing carries to Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. His season started looking up after he went to the Arizona Cardinals, but a neck injury ended his season.

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2. Albert Pujols
> Position: First base
> Team: Los Angeles Angels
> League: MLB

Once the most feared hitter in baseball, Albert Pujols is struggling to live up to his massive contract as a Los Angeles Angel. Pujols hit just .241 with 23 home runs in 2017, both career lows for a full season for him. Pujols’ foot problems have slowed him down, one of the reasons the two-time Gold Glove winner rarely plays first base anymore. Pujols also hit into more double plays than anyone else in baseball in 2017.

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3. Brent Burns
> Position: Defenseman
> Team: San Jose Sharks
> League: NHL

San Jose Shark Brent Burns won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman during the 2016-2017 season, but his follow-up season hasn’t started nearly as well. He’s scoring an average of 0.18 goals per game this season, roughly half his average in the previous season. The Sharks struggle when he’s on the ice as well. His plus/minus is -13, meaning San Jose has been outscored by 13 goals this season during Burns’ shifts. He was +19 for the 2016-2017 season.

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4. Carmelo Anthony
> Position: Small forward
> Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
> League: NBA

Since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony’s offensive production has decreased significantly. Scoring only 17.6 points per game on 41.2% shooting, both career lows, worries that Anthony would struggle to fit in with his new teammates Russell Westbrook and Paul George appear to be well-founded.

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5. Conor Sheary
> Position: Left wing
> Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
> League: NHL

After helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons, there were high expectations for Conor Sheary. But the young winger has underperformed so far during his third season. Through his first 37 games of the season, Sheary is averaging 0.39 points, or goals plus assists, per game. The season before, he averaged 0.87 points per game.