Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: Peyton Manning and 10 Stars Guaranteed to Fail

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Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: Peyton Manning and 10 Stars Guaranteed to Fail
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It’s the beginning of the end for the likes of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and unfortunately for fantasy owners, he’s not the only lock to disappoint this season.

We see it happen to fantasy owners every single year as several of their top picks disappoint due to injury and ineffectiveness. This year, the top of your draft board is littered with potential one-hit wonders and players on the decline. It was difficult to pick just 10 superstars you should avoid on draft day, but you’ll be thanking me for the heads up on these former studs.

One thing people need to remember about fantasy, and especially football, is that it is constantly changing. Every year we see new players fill out the top of draft boards because people are looking too heavily at the past instead of looking ahead towards the future.

Key advice to everyone: stop paying for last year’s stats.

It is rare to find the Adrian Petersons, Chris Johnsons, Larry Fitzgeralds and Antonio Gates’ of the world. There aren’t nearly as many consistently elite players as you think. Manning used to be one of them.

Heading into the season, there are serious concerns regarding nearly half of the top 40 players you’ll find on big boards. If you want to preserve your fantasy season and have a chance to win in December, you can’t afford to succumb to the hype and pay the price on any of the following superstars. Let your enemies deal with the headaches while you’re cruising to victory all season because you avoided these fantasy cancers.

These 10 players are guaranteed to disappoint you this season based on their current fantasy value.

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