Fantasy Football 2013: Who Are This Year's Riskiest Draft Picks?

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Fantasy Football 2013: Who Are This Year's Riskiest Draft Picks?
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Chris Johnson burned fantasy owners last year. With a revamped O-line, he won't do it again in 2013.

Every year, fantasy football owners will take players too high and get burned.

Not Fred Jackson burned, when a guy goes in the second or third round and doesn’t produce simply because he succumbed to injury. I mean Chris Johnson burned or Ryan Mathews burned, when a player participates in most—if not all—of his team’s games and just doesn’t come up with much to show for it.

That’s the kind of scorcher that will have an owner working the trade phones like Bill Belichick in the first round of the NFL draft, searching for ways to make it stop.

You have to keep playing them because you know they’ll get touches, but sometimes you’re rewarded with a 25-carry, 65-yard gem.

Because of that, we’re not talking about Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray, Danny Amendola or Hakeem Nicks—all top-shelf producers that you just have to hope a little harder for them to make it through the week.

Mathews should have taught you your lesson by now, anyway. And I’m in again on Chris Johnson this year.

This is about players who have, respectively, uncharacteristically high injury risks at present, or guys who may reasonably be expected to take a step back.

And then there’s one unit that has no business being in the top half of a draft.

 

ADP information taken from ESPN.com.

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