Fantasy football is one of the most popular subcultures in the world today. Thanks to the internet, this 'nerd sport' has grown into something that is almost as big as the sport it follows. Sure, other sports follow suit with their own fantasy versions, but pound for pound, none of them holds a candle to playing fantasy football.
In an effort to educate those looking to score some good info before any upcoming drafts, I, a f.f. champion myself, am going to clue the world into five guys I wouldn't draft under threat of death and possible dismemberment. And no, I'm not going to throw any third string talents out there to try to fill my five. These are all top end players that people will be looking for in order to anchor their teams in one area or another.
Other people's team anyway, not mine.
5. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First off, The Bucs offense is coming off a horrendous year in which they averaged a dismal 17.9 points per game, 27th in the league. A big reason for that was Bount's inability to capitalize on a productive rookie campaign that saw him run for over 1,000 yards. After being plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness last season, Blount lost the faith of the Bucs organization and they drafted former Boise State star Doug Martin in the first round. Martin's overall skills will make him the starter, possibly by the beginning of the season.
4. Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
When Boldin arrived to the Ravens, he was supposed to be the big game receiver they had been so desperately needing. Through either his own inability, or more likely, the inability of the quarterback he plays with, Boldin has failed to turn into the monster he was supposed to be. With the Ravens offense being centered on Ray Rice and with Boldin not getting younger at 31, ignore name recognition and avoid him like the plague!
3. Kenny Britt, WR Tennessee Titans
First thing first, Britt is an exceptionally talented wide receiver who can put up big game numbers and is most likely going to be drafted as an early No. 2 receiver. While there is tremendous upside with Britt, I say avoid him because of his inability to stay healthy. Britt missed three games in 2011 and a whopping 18 games in the past two years. Also, Britt will be coming off of a knee surgery which he had in May, which can't be a good sign.
2. Darren McFadden, RB Oakland Raiders
Speaking of super talented players who can't seem to stay on the field, Darren McFadden takes the number two spot on this list. Like Britt, McFadden has been injury prone, missing 13 games in the past two seasons. While he has shown flashes of brilliance, the risk factor involved is too much when you are talking about a back that is going to go somewhere in the first two rounds.
1. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Here's a fun fact for you. Out of the nine years that Michael Vick has been in the NFL, he has went an entire season without missing a game once. That, combined with inconsistent production, makes Vick my number 1 guy to avoid in any drafts. Vick, in theory, is every f.f. owner's wet dream for his ability to run as well as throw for exceptional results. In reality, however, this two threat QB is more of a one threat than anything else, and that's the threat of hitting the disabled list. Also, those great total statistics really aren't that great. After wowing in 2010 with nine rushing td's, Vick followed it up last season with only one rushing td in 13 games. Overall, unless you want to spend another high pick for a quarterback to back him, be smart and avoid this fantasy deathtrap.
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