Fantasy Football: Michael Turner and 10 Guys to Avoid in Dynasty Leagues
For anyone drafting in a new fantasy football dynasty league this season, it's very crucial to know not only which players to target, but which players not to draft.
In regular or keeper leagues, your drafting of players won't vary too much from the general draft board, with the exception of a few reaches on sleeper guys you want. That is generally not true of dynasty leagues, where you have to really delve into the situation of each player on the board.
The following is a list of 10 players you should avoid in dynasty leagues, whether at all costs, or because of where you would need to take them to likely get them on your team.
1. Michael Turner
Michael Turner is the opposite of the feature backs that are developing in the NFL today. Most of the top notch backs today are ones who can not only run the ball and pass protect, but also be a major part of the passing game.
But that is not a huge issue, as Turner plays in one of the better offenses in the game today and will have a lot of opportunities. The biggest issue with Turner is durability and how many more seasons he can accrue as a top-flight back.
Turner's first season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008 was a memorable one, as he rushed for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns. The problem was that he was unable to repeat that in 2009, struggling for much of the year before having his season cut short by injury.
He did bounce back nicely last year, but did not quite reach his monster season of 2008. He is unlikely to ever do that again, and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to hold up with the huge workload.
2. Michael Vick
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was one of the more exciting stories of 2010. He took the fantasy football world by storm, vaulting up among the elites at the position.
Later in the season, Vick started to struggle more with interceptions and injury issues. His durability will always be an issue with the way he plays the game.
If you are looking to take a stud quarterback early in your draft, it would be much wiser to take a guy like Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers. He almost never gets hurt and is a consistent stud year in, year out.
3. Reggie Wayne
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne has been one of most trustable fantasy players in recent memory. He has not missed a game in the last 9 seasons and has least 1,000 yards in the last 6.
The issue with Wayne is similar to what happened to ex-Colts receiver Marvin Harrison. Wayne still probably has at least a few solid years left in him, but he is going to start losing targets to young receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon.
4. Peyton Hillis
Browns running back Peyton Hillis was one of the biggest surprises in 2010. But like many of the players who have done that before him, he really tailed off as the season went along.
Hillis should no doubt be a good player again for seasonal leagues in 2011. His long-term future is pretty up in the air though, as quarterback Colt McCoy is likely to be the core of the offense.
Hillis started out as a fullback and it's also yet to be seen how long he can handle a feature running back role.
5. Antonio Gates
The San Diego Chargers tight end has been such a good player for so long, but his time at the top is probably coming to an end.
Not only is Gates starting to become an injury risk, but he now has to deal with a deeper tight end class with some emerging young stars. Why would you take Gates among the top tight ends off the board if you can get a guy like the Saints' Jimmy Graham who has such a bright future ahead of him a few rounds later?
6. Brandon Lloyd
This one might seem pretty obvious due to the fact that he really came out of nowhere last year and has fluke written all over it, but there is at least one other reason not to take Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
The future quarterback in Denver is likely to be Tim Tebow, terrible news for Lloyd. Lloyd's best asset is stretching the field, opposite of Tebow's strengths.
Lloyd may very well have another Top 10 fantasy wide receiving season in 2011 since Kyle Orton is still around, but even that is not a guarantee. You'd be much better off taking an upside guy like a Jeremy Maclin or Dwayne Bowe in a dynasty league.
7. Anquan Boldin
Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is a very talented player. But he showed last year that the presence of Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona made him look a whole lot better than he really is.
The Ravens did add a vertical threat to play opposite of Boldin in Lee Evans, something that they didn't have last season. While that should help some, Evans is no Fitzgerald.
Joe Flacco is a solid enough NFL quarterback, but Boldin now finds himself on a team that is based around the run. It is unlikely he will ever again put up the numbers of an elite wide receiver.
8. Cedric Benson
Bengals running back Cedric Benson has had a pretty good run over the last few seasons, but his time is wearing thin. He is now basically the last cog left from the old Bengals offense as they are trying to move on with Jon Gruden at the helm.
One of the problems the Bengals have had over the years are off-the-field issues. Benson was arrested in Texas in July for assaulting a family member. It wasn't his first skirmish of the kind in his Bengals career.
Benson figures to get a lion's share of the carries again in 2011. The issue for the future is that the Bengals are going to be a rebuilding team, which Benson does not really fit into.
9. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Law firm is a solid, hard-working between-the-tackles running back. He scored a whopping 13 touchdowns last year, something he is unlikely to ever reach again.
Green-Ellis may be the goal-line back in New England for the foreseeable future, but probably won't ever get the amount of carries he did in 2010. Not only is he playing in a passing-based offense, but the Patriots have a slew of quality backs on their roster.
Bill Belichick is known for using different backs in different situations. Green-Ellis really emerged last year after a few injuries, but can not be counted on as the guy.
10. Jay Cutler
Plain and simple, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is a talented guy, but just can't seem to put everything together. His biggest issue is holding the ball too long, taking way too many sacks.
Combine that issue with playing in a conservative offense, and he's a guy to stay away from. There are plenty of up-and-coming quarterbacks that you can take if you are unable to grab one of the top studs at the position.