Fantasy Football 2013: Players Who Are Fool's Gold

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2013

Sometimes there are players who pile on the yards but can't find the end zone. Calvin Johnson was one last year, though he had so many yards that it didn't hurt his owners as much as other players.

This year, there are several players who look poised for a bump in their yardage totals but who ultimately won't score many touchdowns. Unlike Megatron, you won't get the excessive amounts of yards.

You'll draft them too high, and while they may net you the yards you hope for, other guys will far outstrip them, even if they don't total the yards your guy has because they can score touchdowns.

Fantasy Fool's Gold, people. Beware.

Brian Hartline is a good example of this.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver had a solid 2012 from a yardage standpoint, topping 1,000 yards for the first time in his four-year career. With Mike Wallace in town, Hartline won't have to carry the load as the main wide receiver. And since the defense will spend more time looking at Wallace than Hartline, he might even see his yards go up this season.

What he won't see is more touchdowns. With Wallace in town, quarterback Ryan Tannehill will focus on getting the former Steeler, not Hartline, the ball in the end zone. In fact, it's not inconceivable that new tight end Dustin Keller could see more end zone targets, given his size and athleticism.

Hartline has never had more than three touchdowns in a season, and since his rookie year he's never had more than one per season.

None of that seems like a recipe for breakout success.

If you take Hartline, make sure you realize he's not getting you touchdowns, and that limits—by quite a bit—his upside.

Don't overpay.

Where else can you find Fool's Gold? Check out the video and find out.

And, of course, tell us what you think down below. As always, thanks for watching.

Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.

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