Fantasy Football: The 50 Riskiest Players of 2011

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Fantasy Football: The 50 Riskiest Players of 2011
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Fantasy football drafts are like minefields; one wrong step (pick) can explode in your face.

The goal is to avoid as many land mines as possible, as one too many can destroy your draft, and potentially your season.

The problem is risk runs rampant in fantasy football drafts, in which almost every player on the board comes with his very own blemish, red flag, caveat—whatever you want to call it.

The one thing you can't do is go into a draft planning to avoid all risks; it is, in fact, an impossibility in the game of fantasy football.

Risk is weighed in value, which is why first-round picks (or $40 auction bids) should ideally be low-risk ventures. There are, however, always a few players with such immense upside that despite the high price tag, the risk is worth taking. (One breakout running back from last season instantly comes to mind.)

When it all boils down, draft picks are like prospective stocks, or big poker hands, in which you need to weigh out the pros and cons, evaluate the price and then ask yourself the question, "Is it worth the risk?" 

Sick of the word "risk" yet? Well, I hope not, because here are the 50 riskiest players of the 2011 fantasy football season.

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