Every year in early August, fantasy football drafts begin to get serious. For those of us who really follow the game, July is usually the month of mocks.
This year's lockout has condensed the July mocks down to a week or two of action, but most of the top draft picks have started to shape up. And every year, a number of these players do not work out, resulting in certain devastation for the owners who invested in them.
This is a brief look into the crystal ball to figure out which of the consensus top players will be fantasy busts. Obviously, all of the top players are widely considered to be solid fantasy choices, or they wouldn't be selected almost universally at the top of the draft.
Yet for a lot of these players, there are certain factors and warning signs that most fantasy owners and experts seem to be ignoring. Even if you disagree that these players will be busts, seeing the signs might help you bump these players a few notches down your list.
For every player, I'll offer a cheaper, safer option who could serve as a viable substitute.