Braylon Edwards: Welcome to the 2010 "Do Not Draft" List

John GustafsonContributor IMay 20, 2010

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets drops a pass in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, someone asked me if they should target Braylon Edwards this year because his stock will be down.

That got me thinking: Fantasy football consumers need an advocate to help keep them from drafting lemons.

Enter my newest feature, The 2010 DO NOT DRAFT List.

Most sites will tell you to avoid or shy away from a player, but few will tell you to completely stay away. If there’s a slight chance that player doesn’t disappoint, they don’t have to worry about their credibility.

Well partners, I’m not that type of guy.

If I’m not going to draft a guy, I’m going to tell you not to draft him. I don’t give out advice that I wouldn't take.

Most of the players I’ll tell you to avoid will have a headache factor higher than a potential factor. I love taking risks, but some guys aren’t worth the risk or they’ve burned me before and I’ll never trust them again.

Some guys I add to this list may surprise you and you may disagree; that’s fine, go ahead and draft them. I’ve never been one to say "I told you so." Just remember, avoiding the guys on this list will be for your own good.

Don’t be a sucker. Stay away from this list!


The First Inductee to the 2010 DO NOT DRAFT List Is…Braylon “The Dog” Edwards

Typically, I look for guys coming off down years to grab late, à la Cutler, Cooley, and Daniels.

However, there are some cases that guys are what I call flat out dogs.

The worst part about dogs is not being able to trust them. I don’t think Braylon cares enough to improve, and has ridden the laurels of his 2007 season for the last two years.

You can usually get him in the seventh or eighth round, which is his lowest value since 2007, but I don’t trust him.

He plays in a run first offense in which he’s not even the best WR. He may be more talented than Cotchery, but Cotchery produces consistently. Braylon doesn’t.

Furthermore, I don’t think the team would have pursued Santonio Holmes if they were convinced about Braylon. Braylon and Holmes are both in contract years, and I doubt the Jets are going to ante up and pay both, meaning one of them walks.

Holmes is at a disadvantage because he’ll be missing four games, but I will not be surprised to see Holmes outproduce Braylon, despite Bray Bray getting a four-game headstart. This is the type of situation I stay away from and let someone else worry about.

For the same value, you can get guys like potential star Jeremy Maclin, PR machine returning from injury Wes Welker, or the rock steady Hines Ward.

I’d take any of those guys before I take Braylon Edwards.

Hell, I’d take a disappointing Eddie Royal before I’d touch Edwards. In fact, I’d draft David Carr before I’d draft Braylon and I’m not drafting Carr at all this year, maybe never again.

So you know what that means?

It means Bray Bray will find his ass riding pine on my “2010 Do Not Draft List."


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