2013 Fantasy Football: 6 Stars Receiving Too Much Hype Who You Should Avoid
When it comes to fantasy football, you should heed the iconic rap band Public Enemy’s advice and don’t believe the hype.
Ok, well, that’s a bit misconstruing, since only the really good players are worthy of such hype. On the other hand, fantasy football is made up of zany zealots and rather rash individuals (heck, I’m guilty of it myself), and it’s easy to get lost in the hysteria.
That said, there are always a handful of players who are just receiving just a little too much hype, and as a result, they are now being overvalued on draft day. In this slideshow, highlighted will be six players, who may stand out, but are just not worth the value some fantasy players are putting on them this preseason.
The players mentioned (ranked in order of fantasy relevance) here are not considered busts (far from it), but they make this list because too many fantasy owners are just overvaluing them based on perception, as well as some early preseason success.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola had himself quite the game in the Patriots' second preseason game in which he hauled in six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown, while looking like he was in midseason form with his new quarterback, Tom Brady.
That should make fantasy players giddy with anticipation, but as the New England offense retools, Amendola may be a heavily targeted man, and as a result, defenses may key in on him, leaving him susceptible to get injured again.
Amendola has a lengthy injury past, so be sure Amendola is nothing more than a flex play on draft day or you, just like Amendola, could be left hurting.
Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
When the Broncos used a second-round pick on Montee Ball this past April, it signified that they were not all too sure about handing over the rushing duties to Ronnie Hillman or Knowshon Moreno.
However, Denver’s backfield still remains a jumbled mess, and the early reports were that Hillman was tops on the depth chart. Ball still has time to break through, though, and receive his chance. But that’s just it—it may take some time.
Ball is a good selection in Rounds 5 or 6, but drafting him any earlier may be a bit too risky.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Whoa, slow your roll there. While Eifert has all the talent in the world, there should be somewhat of a learning curve for Eifert in his rookie season. Although the tight end position is a bit volatile this year, be careful when drafting Eifert this summer.
With the Bengals also having established tight end Jermaine Gresham on the roster, Eifert could be eased into his role.
The sky is the limit for Eifert, but he should not be selected in drafts until after the 10th round. In other words, try to avoid making Eifert your starting tight end.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Exciting rookies usually tug on the heartstrings of savvy fantasy players every year, and DeAndre Hopkins is no exception.
Playing opposite Andre Johnson, Hopkins should get a lot of looks from Matt Schaub in the Texans offense this season. Hopkins has impressed in the preseason thus far, and even though he is slightly banged up at the moment, he should be good to go by the start of the regular season.
Just remember, we’re talking about a rookie receiver, and unless you’re of the ilk of Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones or A.J. Green, chances are you might struggle adapting to the speed of the game.
While he is a great late-round flier, don’t reach for Hopkins in the middle rounds.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Miller, who has perhaps the most potential of any back in Miami, should still be targeted as a mid-round selection. But this newfound role for Thomas now makes Miller a solid selection in Round 4 or Round 5—not Round 3, in which some had him going.
Miller may eventually be an every-down back, but this setback has to temper some expectations. In fact, Joe Philbin has stated that the Dolphins competition for lead back is open.
David Wilson, New York Giants
While he seems to have the inside track for the majority of carries in New York, David Wilson is still a little bit raw, and he is not great in pass protection, which is of paramount importance to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
How he progresses in picking up pass protection will ultimately define Wilson’s season. If he makes adjustments and does well in this aspect of the game, Coughlin could run him loose. However, between this issue and Andre Brown also being a dependable running back, the Giants don’t have to commit the bulk of carries to Wilson.
Wilson makes for a good low-end No. 2 running back, but try to acquire his services in the fourth round, as he may have trouble living up to all the hype.
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