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4 Potential Fantasy Football Busts to Avoid Drafting For 2019 NFL Season

By Ian McCafferty
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As summer quickly approaches, it can only mean one thing: fantasy football season. While most fantasy leagues won't draft until sometime in August, it's never too early to start planning your draft strategy for the upcoming season.

Regardless of your league's settings, the goal for each draft essentially remains the same: find good values and avoid drafting busts. With that in mind, here are four players who could be fantasy busts this season.

4. Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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Todd Gurley has been one of the best fantasy players in the NFL over the last two seasons, but it looks like that could come to an end in 2019. Gurley has arthritis in his surgically repaired knee, which is not a condition that gets better with time. Given how important Gurley is to the team, the Los Angeles Rams will likely attempt to limit his touches in the 2019 season, which could hurt his fantasy value.

3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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Russell Wilson has had a few dominant seasons as a fantasy QB, but the decrease in his production as a runner could negatively impact his fantasy value this season. 2018 was the first season Wilson didn't score a rushing TD since entering the league in 2012. Wilson also only threw for an average of 215.5 yards per game last season, which was his lowest mark since 2013. With the decrease in Wilson's production as both a runner and a thrower, he's a risky option as a QB1 in 2019.

2. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders

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Antonio Brown is a tough player to rank, as he's been historically productive throughout his career, but this will be his first season outside of Pittsburgh. He should see plenty of targets as the No. 1 option for the Oakland Raiders, but going from Ben Roethlisberger to Derek Carr could hurt his efficiency. Amari Cooper is a cautionary tale here, as his production skyrocketed once he left Carr and the Raiders.

1. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Leonard Fournette did not have a good 2018. With a slew of injuries and a suspension, Fournette only played in eight games in last season, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. However, Fournette is still being ranked as a top-15 RB, which is surprisingly high given his poor production in 2018. Even though Fournette looks healthy entering 2019, he has never finished a season averaging more than 3.9 yards per carry and could be more of a volume-dependent RB2 ahead of next season.

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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.