Every year, I've got somewhat strong feelings towards a handful of players. For whatever reason, I will just flat out refuse to draft certain players despite them being ranked fairly high by many of the websites or so called experts.
I'm sure I'm not alone in this, so chime in. Which players are you going to just REFUSE to draft this year?
I'll start us off with Lee Evans. He's burned me 2 years in a row with his sporadic play and I'm just not going to fall for it again this year. Every time he has a good game he follows it up with a stinker. And 2 years ago he stunk for the entire first half of the season, yet started tearing it up the week right after I dropped him.
I don't have an absolute blacklist. Those that do are only hurting themselves. Anybody can be drafted as long as they fall far enough. That said, most likely I won't draft Brady, Manning, Ryan Grant, Randy Moss, and Darren McFadden. Those are the names that come to mind that are rated higher than I will want to take them.
The Denver RB's are the same way, but I am not as against them as some. I can see myself drafting Denver RB's come rounds 8-10.
Any RB 30 years old or older. I realize that every now and then a RB over 30 can have a great fantasy season (Tiki Barber) but the odds are against you, and I'm not usually one to gamble on hitting the jackpot when your chances are much better of crapping out.
I stay away from QB's in Rounds 1 and 2, period. Usually rounds 3 and 4 as well, unless an absolute can't miss guy falls that far (Brady, Manning)
I generally shy away from players that are going to a new team, unless the situation is clearly a better one (like Moss to New England last year, I took him in both of my leagues)
Cedric Benson- picked him in the 2nd round last year. 2nd ROUND. I was kind of glad that he was out for the season so I didn't have to put up watching his 2 yard gains over and over again on the live scoring.
Any QB that will be picked before the 5th round- I don't pick QB's before this time, so Brady, Manning, etc. can just go off my list.
Chad Johnson (for now)- don't know what's gonna happen with him yet, but at the moment I'm staying away.
Jamal Lewis- I know, I'm crazy. I still have a mental block from a few years ago when I picked after one of his good years and he played like crap for me. I also think I picked him the year he got hurt too. It just seemed like every time I picked him, he would do bad. Now, I just stay away, although after the last few years, I have to break out of this.
I can't foresee Michael Turner falling far enough, or me being desperate enough to draft the Falcons new RB. I didn't like some of the things I saw in him last season. I just feel that his time may have come and gone already. Can't back that up wiht any statisical research, more of a sense that he has slowed a bit and is an injury waiting to happen.
*Such forecasts are usually solid indicators of just the opposite. Move Turner up your draft boards accordingly
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