Fantasy Football: 10 Players to Avoid Early in the Draft

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Fantasy Football: 10 Players to Avoid Early in the Draft
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Fantasy football championships are not won in the first five rounds of a draft, but they can certainly be lost.

Those who took Randy Moss, Ryan Matthews, and Brandon Marshall may have overcome the odds, but in all likelihood their season was buried.

Championships were won when players like Michael Vick and Peyton Hillis made their way onto rosters late in the draft or via waiver wire.

The key to avoiding the downfalls early in the draft is to stay away from anybody that may set off the red flag for one reason or another.

Last year Moss complained about his contract before the season started. Poof. He blew things up in New England and never recovered.

Matthews was an unproven rookie, but people just assumed the Chargers system would carry him through a successful season. Enter Norv Turner who can mess up just about anything as a head coach.

Marshall looked like one of the best receivers in the NFL from 2007-09. It didn't matter who threw him the ball. Too bad Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and Chad Pennington proved that theory wrong and ruined Marshall's year.

This year the red flags should be going off for 10 players who will go off the board between the first and fifth rounds.

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