As the NFL season fast approaches, fantasy football managers are wondering who to pick to make their team the envy of fantasy footballers everywhere. Just as important to know, however, is who to avoid to make sure your team doesn’t sink to the bottom of your league standings. You need great players to win, but a few rotten picks can quickly undo a lot of wise choices.
Fantasy Football Team – Top Players
1. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland
I am saying this as a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan. OBJ was once a fantasy force to be reckoned with – three years ago and a thousand miles away from Cleveland. Since joining the Browns Odell has either been injured, an on-field distraction, or just plain unproductive. He hasn’t played for nearly a year, and he’s rejoining a Cleveland offense with plenty of other offensive threats and options. Drafting OBJ where he typically goes, in the first three rounds, is a recipe for disaster.
2. Saquon Barkley, RB New York Giants
Barkley is recovering from an injury and rejoining an offense that has fallen in love with Daniel Jones. After Saquon’s injury halfway through last year, the Giants turned into a very pass-heavy offense, and look for that to continue.
3. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans
With the departure of Drew Brees, look for the New Orleans offense to struggle this year. Michael Thomas has shown that he can put up incredible numbers in the past, but he’s also coming off of an injury and a ton of off the field distractions from last year. Expect a huge downturn in passing production with either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill at the helm.
4. Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis
You’ll notice that a common thread in regards to players to avoid is either an injury or joining a new team. Carson Wentz is guilty on both counts. If you thought that all Carson needed was a change of scenery, then guess again. He takes over a rudderless QB position in Indianapolis with a streaky offense and a weak receiving corp. Throw in the fact that Wentz is injured and has missed a big chunk of training camp, and it all adds up to another disappointing Carson Wentz season.
5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
This name on the list is the biggest surprise and the most uncertain for sure. With all the off-season drama that Rodgers went through and the fact that his group of receivers is still undertalented, this could finally be the season that the reigning MVP struggles.
6. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland
One of Nick Chubb’s biggest strengths is also one of his biggest fantasy weaknesses: he’s a team player who will always put the teams needs first. While this is great for Cleveland football, it also means that he usually produces beneath his means. Chubb has the talent and playmaking ability to be the best fantasy running back in this years draft. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Cleveland simply has too many other players to keep happy to consistently feed Nick the ball.
7. Anyone with an Eagle on their jersey
Watch out NFC East, because here comes the Philadelphia Eagles … said no one ever since 2017. The Eagles have a new coaching staff, a new starting quarterback, and new offensive weapons. This is a recipe for disaster for a team that has forever relied on veteran leadership and playing experience. Jalen Hurts, Zach Ertz, DeVontae Smith, Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are amongst the list of players to stay away from.