There is nothing worse in fantasy football than having one of your early picks fail to live up to expectations. Here is a look at several fantasy studs you may want to avoid in the early rounds of your 2014 fantasy football draft.
Cam Newton is coming off his best season since being drafted out of Auburn. However, Carolina lost a plethora of weapons from their offense, including 4 wide-outs. Steve Smith’s departure to Baltimore will likely hurt more than many suspect it will. Not to mention that the running game is injury prone. If Newton is to progress in his development the Panthers front office needs to put more playmakers around him.
Gore is reaching that point in his career where a down-ward spiral starts to kick in when it comes to depreciation. The Niners have many running backs currently competing in training camp for the top spot and it’s not a given that Gore will be taking more than 50% of the carries this season. There are also injury concerns to consider with him and their offense likes to air it out more now. It’s safe to temper expectations this season on Gore’s production.
Will a new offense do Sproles good? Only if Shady McCoy gets injured and you’re in a PPR league in my book. Sproles should be nothing more than an insurance policy to McCoy this season. I see him more as a 1 or 2 down slot receiver/decoy more than seeing anytime in the backfield. New team and minimal result expected for Sproles in Chip Kelly’s offense.
Alfred has made a living in our nation’s capital of plunging over the goal line and punishing defenders with his bruising style. However, if the Redskins can’t move the ball like last season, Morris will struggle again. He’s also rarely targeted in the passing game, as RGIII typically takes those yards and runs with them. If Morris is to bounce-back this season, then the new regime in Washington needs to find more creative ways to get him the football. So like Congress, basically don’t count on it.
Beast Mode officially ended his hold-out last week and is a safe pick in most leagues atop the pecking order of running backs. However, in PPR leagues he’ll get just about as much love as a cockroach. Percy Harvin will catch the screens and Lynch’s traditional role doesn’t involve catching. It’s too silly to say to avoid him, but in full point PPR there are better top-tier options.
Martin may or may not be a fluke. With a new coach it’ll be interesting to see if Martin gets anything other than carries out of the backfield. He’ll go high in drafts, but without the targets in the passing game and uncertainties with the offense I’ll pass in the first couple rounds on him. If catching is in his repertoire we’ll find out in pre-season.
Another case of an old face in a new place. MJD is facing an uphill battle with a team that could be one of the worst in the league in 2014. While MJD should be considered a fairly young man, he’s light years beyond young in running back years. The bowling ball from Jacksonville will most likely find running room harder to find in Oakland. Owners should be scared that his new black & silver uniform could end up looking more black and blue with all the hits he has taken throughout his career and will be taking this season.
The walking injury and contract year explosion is looming. With Johnson’s whereabouts still up in the air and his history for getting hurt he’s far from a sure bet. The wide-out position in this year’s draft has much more depth this season, so avoid him if you can in the first few rounds. He has upside galore so I’m not condoning letting him pass in the 3rd or 4th rounds.
Are the Browns going to be able to play him this year? Is he out indefinitely for the marijuana possession charges and possibly tainted/failed drug test? The more news that comes out, the more clouded the picture grows with Gordon. No reason to risk a pick on someone who could miss at least half the games or entire season. He’s a monster, just not right now. Keep an eye on him, but he’s not worth the risk unless the skies open up and he’s back on the football field and out of trouble.
The Vikings #1 wide receiver should be in for a monster season. Oh wait, who’s going to throw him the football? It appears it could be Teddy Bridgewater, the rookie out of Louisville. In which case there’s no reason to even look at him before the later rounds. With a stud running back in AP healthy, there’s no reason to pass the football anyways in that mediocre offense. Pass please.
Davis has not been able to stay out of a hospital when he visits Seattle. So with 2 games against the Seahawks this year it’ll be interesting to see what transpires and if he can avoid the injury bug. While Davis is a notch below Jimmy Graham he’s been an above average to elite tight end in comparison to other fantasy TEs. There are some better options to consider this season that provide more value in the later rounds.