Fantasy Football: 5 Guys You Shouldn't Overvalue in your Dynasty League
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Decisions you make in drafting for a new dynasty league can be much more costly than ones in a seasonal or keeper league. You have to think long and hard about the futures of each player before making a pick.
That being said, there are certain guys that you should really try to stay away from. You might get good results by picking them this year but will be biting your tongue later on for it.
The following are five players that you should not overvalue when making your selections. Let someone else take them and get that bad feeling in another year.
5. Antonio Gates
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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?
4. Jay Cutler
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Plain and simple, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is a talented guy, but he 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.
3. Brandon Lloyd
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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.
2. Cedric Benson
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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.
1. Michael Turner
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Michael Turner is the opposite of the feature backs who are developing in the NFL today. Most of the top notch backs today are ones who cannot 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.