Every season there are NFL players who are taken excessively high in fantasy football drafts only because they are household names. Each season, we identify a list of 10 players that tend to go a lot higher than their fantasy production warrants.
Being on this list does not mean we think a player is bad for his NFL team; it just means we do not think he is a strong fantasy football option.
Many players do things that help teams win games that do not show up in the box score. It is possible to be a very good football player that does not score well in fantasy football.
1) Donovan McNabb (Washington Redskins)
I cannot believe how many people still talk about him as a top-tier fantasy quarterback. The last three years he has finished 12th, seventh and 11th in fantasy points among quarterbacks. He is a sure bet to miss at least two games due to injuries. He has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a season in his career. He has not thrown for 25 or more touchdowns in a single season since 2004.
The last five seasons he has failed to rush for more than 250 yards, and the last time he had more than two rushing touchdowns in a season was 2006. He just is not the same player he was from 2000 to 2004, when he finished among the top five fantasy quarterbacks three times. Now he is going to a situation in Washington where he has an inferior offensive line to Philadelphia, aging running backs and his best receiver is WR Santana Moss, not WR DeSean Jackson.
If McNabb finishes higher than 15th in fantasy points, I will be surprised. He is a big name, but there will be plenty of lesser-known quarterbacks that finish higher in the fantasy rankings than McNabb. I can see McNabb being taken in the fifth to sixth round; he probably should not go off the board until at least the eighth or ninth round. He is no better than a solid No. 2 quarterback in 10-team leagues; he certainly is not going to have numbers that will separate him from some of the lower-ranked quarterbacks...