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10 Fantasy Football Busts to Avoid in your Draft

We’ve evaluated each position on players that are overvalued, but collectively we wanted to look at who are the top 10 players to avoid in your draft based on where they are currently being drafted in ESPN leagues. We do see these players as solid players and worth having on your team, but not where they are currently ranked, we recommend opting for one of the players we listed instead.

Joe Mixon – Mixon is always a trendy pick in the 2nd/3rd round to get another running back on your roster. Mixon has been a letdown for fantasy owners over the last couple seasons as we want to believe this is the year he will break out and we are tempted to do so again this year, but adding him to this list to play it safe. Mixon will have more opportunities with Giovanni Bernard off to the NFC, but we still think this Bengals offense will be pass heavy and are big on the Bengals receivers for fantasy this season. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Clyde Edwards-Helaire or David Montgomery

Evan Engram – In a game where tight ends can make or break your season, Engram has broken many people’s playoff hopes. Engram will be hit or miss, more often on the miss side. It’s not that Engram doesn’t get the opportunities, he does, he is one of the league leaders in dropped passes which makes him a heartbreaker for many fantasy owners. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Cole Kmet or Adam Firkser

Lamar Jackson – Jackson is currently being drafted in the top 4 quarterbacks in most drafts. Lamar regressed last season after his 2019 MVP caliber season. The Ravens did add Sammy Watkins and drafted Rashod Bateman which should help Lamar have a better season this year. The additions of those two receivers still don’t warrant putting Lamar in the top 5 category of quarterbacks as there are players in better situations with better weapons around them that justify being above Lamar.

Better Options Available around ADP: Russell Wilson or Justin Herbert

Rob Grownkowski – Rob Grownkoski had a much better than expected season coming out of retirement after reconnecting with former teammate Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay has a plethora of weapons at Brady’s disposal and we recommend avoiding any players outside of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans on the Bucs.

Better Options Available around ADP: Hunter Henry or Tyler Higbee

Odell Beckham Jr. – Do not fall for the “Brand Name”. Odell is not the same player he was when he played for the Giants. Odell is still an above average receiver in the NFL, but he is not amongst the elite, most fans realize this, but he is still being taken over many other reliable options that would be better for your team. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Tee Higgins or Cooper Kupp

Julio Jones – Julio is a yardage machine and is a great addition for the Tennessee Titans offense. Julio will help with the rejuvenated Ryan Tannehill in the exciting second wind of his career. However, the Titans offense is run through Derrick Henry while the Falcons offense was pass-heavy through Matt Ryan allowing receivers to boost up their stats easily. Julio is still being valued as if he were playing for the Atlanta Falcons which we don’t see happening. 

Better Options Available around ADP: DJ Moore or Tyler Lockett

Najee Harris – Harris was a smart draft choice for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they need to start planning for a future without veteran Ben Roethlisberger soon. Harris could be a key building block for their future, but they need to start with building an offensive line before we could think about that. James Conner’s ultimate downfall and departure from Pittsburgh was with horrible offensive line play. Unless Pittsburgh’s offensive line miraculously turned themselves around this season, we’d feel safer drafting someone with better protection. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Austin Ekeler or Antonio Gibson

Michael Thomas – It still hurts to have Michael Thomas on this list, but he’s going to miss the vast majority of the season and still being drafted above receivers who are healthy and can be valuable flex streamers for your team. Even if Thomas returns earlier than expected, future HOF quarterback Drew Brees is retired and we don’t know what the quarterback situation will look like when he is back, but neither option is better than Brees. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Tyler Boyd or Corey Davis

Miles Sanders – The Eagles are bad and that’s about it on this one. The Eagles are going to be playing catch up in most games and Jalen Hurts does not have a great wide receiver group to help them get back into it. Sanders opportunities will be limited and we’d rather opt for a wide receiver with this draft pick who will put up more consistent numbers week to week. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Justin Jefferson or Terry Mclaurin

Will Fuller – The speedster has brought his talents to Miami. He adds wide receiver depth along with rookie receiver Jaylen Waddle to a Miami wide receiving core that needed a deep threat for Tua Tagovailoa. Fuller will start the season being suspended and during this time, this could allow for Tua to build a stronger connection with Waddle or strengthen his connection he has with Gesicki and Parker. 

Better Options Available around ADP: Jaylen Waddle or Robby Anderson

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