9 NFL Players I’m Avoiding in Fantasy Football in 2019
Fantasy Football can be overwhelming. There are so many players to choose from, each offering their own advantages and disadvantages. Avoiding certain players can prove as useful a tactic as pursuing them. Players might be avoided due to different reasons, including injury concerns, cost outweighing production, or even just an expected decline in production from the previous NFL Fantasy Football season. Below are ten guys who might carry with them one or more of the above concerns.
Quarterback | Arizona Cardinals
I had a hard time putting Kyler Murray on this list. I believe he deserved to go first overall in the NFL draft and expect him to be a very good NFL quarterback. However, Murray is behind a poor offensive line with a new head coach that has no NFL coaching experience. I am hesitant to invest in a quarterback before his rookie season. There are more intriguing options out there that I am confident that I can acquire even later in the draft.
Running back | Cleveland Browns
Hunt is a guy that I might consider picking up in free agency a few weeks prior to his return this season. However, you’d have to pay me to draft him in 2019. Hunt is suspended the first eight weeks of the season. Even upon his return, he will be competing for to get touches in a crowded backfield including Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson, two talented running backs.
Running back | New England Patriots
In a crowded backfield with James White and the newly added Damien Harris from the 2019 draft, Michel is not a guy I will be drafting this year. This offseason it has been reported that he got a knee scope to repair his knee, and while this is generally considered a minor procedure, it does add to his long list of injuries. He is talented, but with White to have the 3rd down role, as well as his injury history, I’m not drafting Michel this year.
Wide Receiver | Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff, as well as the entire Rams offense, is better overall with Kupp on the field. However, that doesn’t mean I will be touching Kupp for this season at his current cost. With a crowded receiving corps including Cooks and Woods, as well as Kupp’s brutal injuries from last year (he suffered a concussion and is coming off a torn ACL), going in the late 4th is too expensive for my taste. There are other wide receivers that I would rather have and believe offer more value for their draft cost.
Wide Receiver | Atlanta Falcons
Ridley is a very controversial player across the fantasy football community. Many love him with his breakout rookie year while others believe his 10 touchdowns were a fluke. While he did produce well as the WR20 last season, he had only six games with 50 or more yards as well as having the same target share as Mohamed Sanu. Consistency is key. I cannot trust starting Ridley every week with how boom or bust he is.
Running back | Seattle Seahawks
Carson impressed while playing ahead of 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny last season. However, Carson has had multiple injuries through two seasons and Penny was also impressive, even with limited touches. Carson is going with the first pick in the 5th round, at that price I will not be touching him as I may be able to get Penny in the early 8th round in redraft.
Running back | Denver Broncos
Lindsay had one of the best rookie campaigns for any undrafted free agent in NFL history. Yet, the running backs performance was so impressive that it has led to some speculating that it could have been an anomaly. Since 2000, out of the other 12 undrafted running backs to rush for 1000 yards, only six produced multiple 1000-yard seasons in their career and only three of did it more than twice. A mix of this, Lindsay’s smaller frame limiting his workload and 2018 3rd-round running back Royce Freeman competing for touches, I am planning to avoid Lindsay in this year’s draft.
Wide Receiver | Seattle Seahawks
Metcalf is an athletic freak, but for many reasons, you would have to pay me to draft any rookie wide receiver. A rookie at this position rarely produce. I believe that Metfcalf’s hype and value comes from his potential as a deep threat. With Tyler Lockett, one of the best deep threats in the league, already there, I don’t see the opportunity for him to be a viable fantasy starter in his rookie season. In addition, Metcalf had two season-ending injuries in college. It is difficult to predict how his game will translate to the NFL on a short-term basis.
Wide Receiver | Chicago Bears
As a Chicago Bears fan, I was excited to see the team trade into the second round to draft him and was very impressed with his rookie season. However, Matt Nagy spreads the ball around a lot, giving many different players several touches and tends to exploit mismatches. This makes it hard for me to trust Miller on a week-to-week basis. Additionally, Nagy also brought more weapons into the receiving corps this offseason, adding Riley Ridley through the draft as well as signing Cordarrelle Patterson. These new players could lead to an even greater dispersion of touches among skills players.