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5 NFL Players You Should Not Draft For Your Fantasy Football League

Submitted by on August 26, 2012 – 1:03 pm4 Comments
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How is it already time for the 2012-13 NFL season? Don’t get me wrong—I’m not complaining. But, it seems like my New York Giants just finished their Super Bowl victory and now we’re already gearing up for another season. And, you know what that means—it’s time for your annual fantasy football draft!

By now, you have (hopefully!) already started thinking about who you’d like on your team. And, you’re probably feeling pretty good about the guys you’ve got on your draft board. But, I’m here to tell you that there are a few guys that you should absolutely not (and I do mean, NOT!) draft for your fantasy football league. If you want to give yourself a good chance to win, stay far, far away from any of these big names…

1. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

You’ve heard one statistic over and over and over during the preseason: Vick has only played one 16-game season in his entire NFL career. And, you shouldn’t discount that when it comes to fantasy football. The last thing you want is to pick Vick high in the draft and then have him get injured in Week 1 or 2 and sit by idly as you drop to the bottom of the league. So, if you go ahead and select Vick, make sure you don’t do it until you’ve got another solid starting quarterback in place. Or, better yet, don’t draft him at all! Otherwise, you’re going to have a lot of weeks where you’re struggling to find a replacement for Vick when he inevitably gets injured.

2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

MJD is making things very, very difficult on fantasy owners right now. He’s a big-time running back when he’s playing. But, he’s not playing right now, due to a holdout tied to his current contract. It’ll be tempting to take a chance on him in the second or third round. But, unless you’ve got another strong running back already on your team, you can do better. He’s not going to be as good as he was last year anyway, simply because he’s missed the entire preseason. Oh, and if he continues his holdout into the season? Well, we don’t have to tell you how foolish you’re going to look for picking him.

3. Philips Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Rivers is a better option than Michael Vick. But, go ahead and name the first three wide receivers on the Chargers depth chart for us. Um…yeah, that’s what we thought! The Chargers have a bunch of unproven guys at wide receiver this year and an aging Antonio Gates at tight end. So, don’t expect Rivers to put up the kind of huge numbers that he’s put up in the past. It’s just not going to happen.

4. Terrell Owens, WR, Seattle Seahawks

If you’ve read this far, we’re going to go ahead and assume that you have some kind of sense when it comes to football and, more importantly, fantasy football. But, here’s the thing: There are still going to be a few of you (hopefully, a very few of you) who take a chance on T.O. in one of the final rounds. We’d gamble elsewhere. First of all, Owens hasn’t shown much to us yet in the preseason. Secondly, there’s a chance he may have rookie QB Russell Wilson throwing passes to him when the season starts. And, finally, the guy is, like, 58 years old. He’s going to have off games and all you’re going to do is frustrate yourself playing the “Should I play him or sit him?” game every week. So, save yourself the hassle and pass on him.

5. Tim Tebow, QB, New York Jets

Do we really have to explain this one? Unfortunately, we probably do. Despite the fact that we’re including him on this list, we know that at least one person in every fantasy football league is going to draft this guy this season. If for no other reason, there are probably 500 team names you could come up with if you have Tebow on the roster. But, please—please, please, please, please, pleeeeeeease!—don’t be that guy. Seriously. Tebow is a BACKUP quarterback. And, even if he does get into games, he’s not going to help you win your league. So, don’t get too cute in the draft. Stay away from him.

Anyone else you guys are definitely staying away from in your fantasy football drafts? Let us know.

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