7 NFL Players You Want to Avoid in 2013 Fantasy Football
Can you feel the excitement of fantasy football brewing in the hot summer air?
With training camps set to open shortly and the season just around the corner, we can finally wrap our heads around prepping for fantasy drafts this summer.
With every draft comes sleepers to target and busts to avoid. The following seven players mentioned in this slideshow (listed alphabetically) fall in the latter category. So, buyer beware with these players, as they may not provide the necessary bang for your buck on draft day.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
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The listing of Bowe here is not a testament to his talent, but more an indictment on his surroundings.
While the addition of Alex Smith at quarterback will be an upgrade over Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn for sure, that alone doesn't necessarily make Bowe a No. 2 wide receiver again. To some, that is enough to get Bowe back on track, but in his seven years with the 49ers, has Smith elevated the game of any of his receivers?
Again, Bowe will make for a solid No. 3 wide receiver or flex play, but expecting him to be a No. 2 wide receiver or higher, may be wishful thinking.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
Although Bradshaw has shown himself to be a dependable fantasy force the last couple of years, those days may be coming to an end.
While he may receive a nice amount of carries with the Colts, they still do have a young, emerging threat in Vick Ballard who will cut into Bradshaw’s workload.
Bradshaw is often injured and is a good bet to miss a few games a season. Bradshaw hasn’t played a full season since 2010 and has missed a combined six games in the last two years.
The Colts have a productive, youthful team to work with, and by the end of the season Bradshaw may be just a complimentary component and not a featured one. Don’t be surprised if Ballard seizes control of the carries late into the season.
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Between his age (30), previous workload and propensity for injury, Gore is not the ideal running back you should bank on for success in 2013.
Gore has all the warning signs for going belly up, and it doesn’t help matters that the 49ers also have Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon on the depth chart (Marcus Lattimore is also on the depth chart, but he may miss the season on the PUP list) to cut into Gore’s carries.
With the 49ers reaching the Super Bowl last year, Gore has extra wear and tear on the tires and a breakdown is well within expectations. If you look to snag Gore this coming draft, do so with the intent to pick up some handcuff insurance in the form of Hunter or James, as Gore does not appear to be the 49ers’ workhorse any longer.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
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The warning signs appear evident that Green-Ellis may be headed toward bust status.
Perhaps none stronger than the fact that the Bengals spent a second-round pick on Giovani Bernard in the NFL draft and that the young Bengals offense is more suited for his talents than those of Green-Ellis.
Green-Ellis had a solid, if unspectacular first season with the Bengals, rushing for 1,094 yards and six touchdowns. Coming over from the crowded Patriots’ backfield, Green-Ellis was expected to relish in the spotlight by getting the lion’s share of the carries in Cincinnati last season. However, Green-Ellis never really broke out as many expected.
So, between Green-Ellis underwhelming fantasy players last year and the addition of Bernard this season, Green-Ellis is a risky pick.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings
Going from Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback to Christian Ponder, Jennings’ fantasy value is about to take a big hit.
While Jennings was a nice option for Rodgers in Green Bay, he was among one of many weapons Rodgers had at his disposal. Jennings will now be closely watched and defended, as he will become Ponder’s main man in the Vikings’ pass game.
Considering he is going from a high-octane pass offense in Green Bay to an ordinary one in Minnesota, while also being keyed in on, Jennings could have difficulty putting up the type of numbers he enjoyed with the Packers.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers
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It’s safe to say that Jones will have a hard time duplicating the success he had in 2012, as he surprisingly led the NFL in touchdown receptions (14).
Prior to last season, Jones was seen as the Packers’ fourth-best receiving option behind Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Although Jennings departed, it’s a natural assumption to think that Jones will still be behind Nelson and Cobb in the pecking order of things in Green Bay.
Jones is a nice addition to any squad, but to expect the touchdown exploits of last season could be fool’s gold.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Mike Wallace departing via free agency and Heath Miller’s health in doubt, Roethlisberger may have a hard time being a reliable quarterback option for fantasy purposes. Roethlisberger simply doesn’t have the weapons he used to have.
Roethlisberger has had a hard time staying healthy as well. He missed three games last year and hasn’t played a full season since 2008.
With the Steelers drafting Le’Veon Bell early in the NFL draft, the club may be inclined to run the ball more this year. When you add up all these factors, Roethlisberger is one QB you should steer clear of this year.
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