2014 Fantasy Football Busts To Avoid On Draft Day
Fantasy Football Busts
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Here are the 2014 fantasy football players who are likely going to let you down this season. In the fantasy world, we call them busts and they’re players you probably want to avoid come draft day, unless you’re able to get them at a cheap price.
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Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers – Frank Gore is now 31 years old, and while he’s still trucking away and has topped 1,000 rushing yards in three straight seasons, fantasy owners should know it’s only a matter of time before father time catches up to him. Anything past 30 years of age is historically usually when a running backs production falls off a cliff and they’re no longer able to produce at a high level. That’s why the 49ers drafted Carlos Hyde to a backfield that already included Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Gore’s carries go down and the coaching staff does what it can to save his legs for a deep playoff run. I would not draft Gore in the early rounds.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins – DeSean Jackson always scares me as a fantasy receiver because he doesn’t catch a ton of footballs and simply relies too much on the big play. Well, a lot of times that big play never happens. Before last season’s nine touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson caught a combined six touchdowns in the last two years and never topped 62 receptions in a single season. Jackson is built for the long ball but only gets a couple chances a game to break the big one, and you can’t help but wonder if he’ll be able to produce with a questionable quarterback in Robert Griffin III. As usual, I don’t like Jackson as a main WR on my fantasy team.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots - Rob Gronkowski is a high risk-high reward player but with the way tight ends go in fantasy drafts, you really have no choice but to take Gronk in the second or third round. Tha’ts quite risky considering Gronkowski is coming off a major surgery and could possibly miss a couple of weeks to the season. Also, even though Gronkowski has been as consistent as they come, hauling in 42 career touchdowns in 50 career games, there are limited weapons on the Patriots offense. Tom Brady doesn’t look like his usual self and is throwing to a bunch of no-name receivers. Defenses are now going to be able to key in on Gronkowski and make other guys beat them. Of course, this may or may not work but there’s too much risk involved in making Gronkowski one of your first selections.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers – Quick, name one receiver on the Carolina Panthers. Exactly. That’s what Cam Newton is dealing with right about now. The Panthers had the 29th-worst passing offense in the league last season and decided to let three of their top receivers walk in Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell and Ted Ginn Jr. Uh, great job? The Panthers wide receiving corps now consists of journeymen such as Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, while rookie Kelvin Benjamin will get his shot as well. Needless to say, this doesn’t bode well for Newton’s fantasy numbers regardless of how talented he may be. Newton is sure to get frustrated at times and force passes, which also isn’t good for your fantasy team. A quarterback sometimes is only as good as his receivers, and you can’t like Newton in this spot.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans – This one should be obvious, but there’s still going to be a few fantasy owners who take Andre Johnson in the first couple of rounds. Don’t be that guy. First off, nobody knows when Johnson is even going to show up to work as the veteran receiver wants to be traded. Also, Johnson is on the bad side of 33 years old and hasn’t produced at a high level in quite a while. Johnson has no more than five touchdown receptions the last three seasons and those numbers aren’t likely to change with Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tom Savage at quarterback. It’s crazy to think Johnson is done as an elite NFL receiver but that just may be the case here given the circumstances. Don’t draft him unless it gives your team value (sixth round or later).