Fantasy football drafts are right around the corner. While many think most leagues are won with their first couple of draft picks, the fact of the matter is your draft is won or lost in the middle to late rounds. After 20+ years of playing fantasy football, early round draft picks amount to more busts than rewards. Here are a few players to avoid this season while drafting for fantasy football success.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben is entering his 14th season in the NFL. After an offseason of contemplating retirement, Roethlisberger has not committed to playing past the 2017 season. Roethlisberger has possibly the best weapons around him any quarterback could ask for with Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The looming retirement and plethora of weapons are not the issues to worry about, it’s that Roethlisberger has only completed three full 16-game seasons in his entire career.
Jay Ajayi (RB) Miami Dolphins
Looking at statistics from a glance, many would think Ajayi should be a lock for one of the top fantasy football running backs this season. Ajayi finished last year with 1,272 rushing yards. 42% of Ajayi’s total rushing yards last season came in a three-game span. With the loss of quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the season, look for opposing defenses to stack the box against the run. Ajayi also is already banged up during training camp, and is in the concussion protocol.
Any Rookie Tight End
Do not waste a pick on a first-year tight end in your fantasy drafts this year. There are some tempting names out there with O.J. Howard (TBB), Evan Engram (NYG), and David Njoku (CLE) but do not expect big, if any return at all. First year tight ends are notoriously slow starters. Blocking is the most important attribute for young tight ends to learn entering the league. There is a reason the quarterback is normally the highest paid player on the field. It is vital to block for your quarterback at this position before you can become an elite pass catcher.
Dez Bryant (WR) Dallas Cowboys
In recent mock drafts, Dez Bryant is consistently being drafted towards the end of the second round. That is way too high of a draft pick for a wide receiver that didn’t even lead his team in receptions last season. Bryant finished the 2016 regular season with 50 receptions, 796 yards and 8 touchdowns. The prior year for Bryant was even worse barely surpassing 400 receiving yards. Now, to be perfectly fair Bryant has missed his fair share of games over the last two seasons. Did you need another hint for fantasy football bust material?
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