Fantasy Football: Players I try to avoid

      August 31, 2012 @ 23:24:34 PDT


I'm not big on designating players as "busts" but have identified a few players that I find myself steering away from in drafts. Every player is draftable at the right price, so keep that in mind.

Quarterback

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

The defense should be better, which means he'll throw for less yardage. His coaches don't want him to run as much, either, so the main source of his value could be in jeopardy. He'll be a better NFL QB but not necessarily one for fantasy football.

Running back

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

I don't get the love for a rookie RB that missed most of the offseason after a second knee surgery, has a rookie quarterback, plays in a tough division, and has a suspect receiving corps that won't scare defenses.

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons
He'll be someone else's problem

The Dirty Birds will use a more wide-open passing attack that doesn't suit Turner's game. Jacquizz Rodgers will see more time and isn't just a scatback. Turner, while a fresher 30 than most backs his age, slowed down the stretch last season and should see fewer touches in 2012.

Wide receiver

Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

I just don't see enough upside in Britt to take a chance on him as anything more than a fourth receiver, and the chances of getting him at that price become slim. Too much downside for my tastes....

Santonio Holmes, New York Jets

He isn't a No. 1 receiver for an NFL team, despite what he may believe, and he certainly isn't anything better than a low-end WR3 for fantasy purposes. Draft him if you want to pound your head off the wall in frustration.

Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers

He's still the same guy that can't catch the easy ones and is a much better deep threat as a situational receiver than someone you can rely on for consistent production. Meachem and Philip Rivers do not seem to be on the same page at all.

Tight end

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans

He will be respectable, but Cook is overvalued. His early eighth-round ADP is just too early tough to swallow. Players like Tony Gonzalez, Dustin Keller, Greg Olsen and Kyle Rudolph all go later; each tight end has as much or more potential.

Place kicker

Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints

This offense scores way too many touchdowns to make him worthy of being the ninth kicker, on average, off the board. Hartley has injury and suspension concerns in his recent history, too. No thanks.

Defensive team

Pittsburgh Steelers

The only way I'd consider Pittsburgh's defense in the top 10 chosen at the position is if the league's scoring rewards for limiting points and/or yardage. They are a phenomenal real-life defense, but their lack of turnovers, sacks and overall age makes them a No. 2 unit. Think I'm crazy? Look at the stats over the past six years.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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