5 Wide Receivers Who Could Be Fantasy Football Busts

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No matter how productive they were in recent years, every football player, regardless of position, has some sort of fantasy bust potential going into the season. Unfortunately for their owners, there are a couple of players who could be in for a significant regression in 2019 thanks to the questionable situations they find themselves in.

With that in mind, here are five wide receivers who have major bust potential for the 2019 fantasy football season.

5. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

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Things haven't been too great for Emmanuel Sanders over the past two seasons. The 32-year-old wideout is still recovering from a torn Achilles that he suffered in December last season, putting his status for Week 1 very much up in the air. Additionally, catching passes from Joe Flacco and the emergence of Courtland Sutton doesn't exactly bode well for the veteran wideout's fantasy stock.

4. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams

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Brandin Cooks is arguably the most talented receiver the Rams have on their roster, but don't expect him to put up elite WR1 numbers. While he set a new career-high in yards receiving last year, the 25-year-old deep threat was still a second or third option for quarterback Jared Goff. Barring a massive chemistry boost with his quarterback this offseason, it's likely that Cooks suffers some sort of regression, especially now that Cooper Kupp is expected to be ready for Week 1.

3. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

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Jarvis Landry had a solid first season with the Cleveland Browns, catching 81 passes for 976 yards receiving and five touchdowns. However, Landry put up the above numbers as the No. 1 wideout in the Browns' offense and it's unlikely that he'll see enough volume to repeat now that Odell Beckham Jr. will eat into his target share.

2. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

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Adam Thielen enjoyed another Pro Bowl season in 2018, but his performance in his final three games could be a telling sign that he's regressing. The 28-year-old wideout saw just 12 of his 153 total targets last year with offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski calling plays from Week 15 to Week 17. With Stefanski once again calling the shots in 2019, it's likely that Thielen won't see enough targets to stave off a likely regression.

1. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders

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Brown may be happy now that he's in Oakland, but his fantasy owners shouldn't be anywhere near as elated. The four-time All-Pro wideout greatly benefitted from catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger over the past six seasons, averaging 114 receptions, 1,524 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns during that span. Now catching passes from Derek Carr, a drop in production could be in the works for Brown in 2019.

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