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Fantasy Football Risks & Busts You Need to Avoid in Your Draft
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There are two things you cannot disparage in this world without stirring the ire of dissenting opinions: 1. A mother's kid; 2. A fantasy footballer's favorites.

We will leave your snotty, smelly, spoiled and self-entitled brats out of this. Yeah, we know they can do no wrong. We won't grant the same immunity to your fantasy favorites as we present a slideshow on the risks and busts to avoid in drafts right now (holdout Marshawn Lynch is one of the "right now" examples).

There are myriad ways a pick can go wrong, especially when you consider age and injury risk.

In order for a fantasy player to be a bust, or even be considered a risk, you have to have some significant perceived value. This is the reason we play devil's advocate here and attack some of the biggest names in fantasy. We aren't copping out and calling Geno Smith a bust here. He's a fantasy nobody at this point.

No one cares if their late-round pick goes bust. It is the early round guys we need to be worried about, because we are spending the premium on their potential.

Before listing the potential busts at each position, we break down some of the risky players relative to their draft position, using the consensus rankings at FantasyPros.com as a guide. We give the reasons we believe they might not perform up to expectation and dig even deeper into the ones we go so far as to label the potential busts. 

"Avoid" is a strong term in fantasy speak. Eventually there is a reasonable time to draft even the riskiest of players. We wouldn't necessarily avoid any of these guys completely in drafts, but we won't be touching them at their current draft position, either.

Someone drafted in the early rounds is bound to crash hard this season. Heck, a number of them likely will. It happens often every year. These guys for 2014 are contained in this must-read slideshow. We will proceed to duck as you spew your hate in the message board below for us talking bad about one of your own.

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