Fantasy Football 2012: Entire NFL Teams to Avoid on Draft Day
Although it is usually important to be unbiased when selecting players for fantasy football, there are some entire offenses that you should avoid for the 2012 season.
Whether the team is simply too bad to reach the end zone with consistency or there are no elite players, these squads do not have enough value to warrant a draft pick.
While there are certainly some talented skill players on each of these rosters, none of them should be taken anywhere near as high as they have been going in average drafts.
Recent history has dictated that rookie quarterbacks can be successful, but it is unlikely that Andrew Luck will have the same production of Sam Bradford or Cam Newton. The offensive line is weak, but there are consistent targets that will help him overcome a lack of time to throw.
In addition, there have been no upgrades made to the running back group that featured zero players of more than 650 rushing yards last season.
Reggie Wayne is the closest thing to a viable fantasy option, but even a 10th-round pick seems too risky for an aging wideout with a rookie quarterback.
There is no doubt that Tim Tebow helped win some people a fantasy championship last season, but there is no use in drafting a backup quarterback. Mark Sanchez might be an even worse pick considering his struggles and the fact that it is unknown how long he will keep a starting job.
The two quarterbacks combined to complete just 53.3 percent of their passes last season and looked even worse this preseason. Leaving preseason alone, last year's numbers should be enough to scare you off from drafting any receiving target. That eliminates Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller through no fault of their own.
Shonn Greene could be in line for a breakout year, but the Jets are not the running power they were a few years ago as teams continue to stack the box against them.
It is no fluke that the offense was only able to get one touchdown in the entire preseason.
Robert Griffin III certainly has the running ability of Cam Newton, but he does not have the size that allowed the Panthers star to get 14 rushing touchdowns. That alone will prevent the rookie from having a similar fantasy season as last year's Rookie of the Year.
As for the rest of the Redskins offense, no skill players have broken out as a go-to player for the season. Roy Helu is the projected starting running back, but Mike Shanahan has a habit of shuffling his rushers from week to week. Speedster Evan Royster and rookie Alfred Morris will certainly be in the mix during the year.
At receiver there is a wide mix of players as well, but the pecking order is yet to be established. Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson each bring something to the table, but none should be trusted on a fantasy roster. The group combined for only four 100-yard games in 2011.
Only potential sleeper Fred Davis should be considered, but he has only gotten into the end zone six times in the last two seasons. Plus, he could also get caught up in the receiving shuffle.
This is tough because the 49ers have a very good team with a greatly improved offense. However, this team is not built for fantasy.
Frank Gore rushed the ball 282 times last year, the second-most in his career. To prevent him from breaking down, youngsters Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James will spell some carries. Veteran Brandon Jacobs might also take some goal line plays.
There also could be too much talent at receiver for any one of them to have a good year. Michael Crabtree had career highs in receptions and yards last year, but new acquisitions Randy Moss and Mario Manningham could take away targets. At this point, none of these players have been taken in the top-100 picks in average drafts.
Vernon Davis should also lose touches after an inconsistent 2011 regular season where he was held to less than 50 yards 11 times.
The offense averaged almost 24 points per game last year, and the unit should improve that mark in 2012, but you should avoid the offensive players in fantasy.
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