Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: 5 Players to Stay Away From
Every year in Fantasy Football, you pick a big name player and he lets you down. Do not beat yourself up over it, it happens to everyone.
But I am here to help you. This is not a list of bad football players. It is simply a list of guys who you would benefit by staying away from this fantasy football season.
Let's take a look!
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2010 Season: 72 catches, 1162 yards, 15 touchdowns
Dwayne Bowe had a great year last season. The reason why he is on this list is not necessarily his fault, it is more about Matt Cassell.
Matt Cassel had a solid year in 2010. He was not outstanding, but he did what was asked of him. At the same time, he seems to panic under a good pass rush. If the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens is any sign of things to come, teams may have some fun with Matt Cassel this season.
With the struggles of Cassell and the amount of times the Chief's run all game, Dwayne Bowe is a guy you do not want as your No. 1 wide receiver for fantasy football. No matter how many touchdowns he had last season.
Maurice Jones Drew
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2010 Season: 1324 yards, five touchdowns
Maurice Jones Drew is one of the best running backs in football and would usually be a top five pick in fantasy football, but not this season.
MOJO's injury has become a real cause for concern. If he rushes back from the injury, he could end up making it worse. By taking MOJO, you may have to deal with the uncertain status of whether or not he will play each week.
Not to mention, the Jacksonville Jaguars offense revolves all around MOJO. He takes a beating and has nobody else to draw some defensive attention away from him.
He may be worth the risk for some of you, but if you want to play it safe; do not draft Maurice Jones Drew this season.
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2010 Season: 93 catches, 1115 yards, six touchdowns.
Santana Moss has been good for a long time. So what gives? Why should you not draft him?
His quarterback is either Rex Grossman or John Beck and Mike Shannahan likes to run the ball.
Stay away from Santana Moss.
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2010 Season: 1111 yards, six touchdowns
Cedric Benson has been a very consistent fantasy football contributor over the last few seasons. He runs hard and can handle the load.
Well, last season he had Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens alongside him on offense. Now, he will be with Andy Dalton and AJ Green.
No disrespect to Dalton or Green, but Benson will be expected to carry the offense with rookies starting at wide receiver and quarterback. Not to mention, he will be serving a short jail stint soon.
With the distraction Benson brings to the Bengals, and the amount of attention that will be on him due to the rookie situation, Benson is not a safe pick in fantasy football this season.
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2010 Season: 47 catches, 1056 yards, six touchdowns
Desean Jackson is a great player. He is an incredible deep threat and might be the best playmaker in football. He is on a great offense with the most exciting player in football, Michael Vick. So why not draft him?
He is too inconsistent. There are the games where he gets 155 yards and three touchdowns, and there are the games where he has 30 yards.
Desean Jackson is a one trick pony who can be completely taken out of a game. He is fun to watch and a huge playmaker, but his inconsistency is a good enough reason to stay away from him this season. He failed to eclipse 35 yards six times last season, and failed to get over 60 yards eight times.
Desean Jackson is also an injury risk and he gets down on himself easily with a few hard hits.
If you are playing for consistency are drafting safe, stay away from Desean Jackson. Especially in PPR leagues.