Injury-Prone Players to Avoid in 2020 Fantasy Football

Deebo Samuel
Injury-prone players to avoid in fantasy football in 2020, including Deebo Samuel. | Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Fantasy football drafts are all about balancing risk and reward. You obviously want to land as many top fantasy football players as possible, but it's just as important to know who not to draft as it is to know who to draft.

Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and while it's impossible to truly predict injuries, it's certainly possible to identify players whose injury risk outweighs their potential upside.

With that in mind, here are three injury-prone players to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts.

Injury Prone Players Fantasy 2020

3. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Deebo Samuel
Deebo Samuel's foot injury makes him a risky fantasy football pick in 2020. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Deebo Samuel is already dealing with an injury, having suffered a Jones fracture in his foot this offseason. He may miss a few weeks to start the season, which already dings his fantasy football value. The real concern, though, is with how unpredictable foot injuries are. There's a real chance that this lingers and slows him down even when he returns, and aggravating the injury (paired with an extended absence) is a real threat to his outlook as well. A healthy Samuel could be a beast as the San Francisco 49ers' WR1, but gambling on his health when he's already nursing a foot injury is not a wise move.

2. Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry is a risky fantasy football pick after failing to play 16 games in any of his first four NFL seasons. | Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Hunter Henry has been in the NFL for four seasons, and he's only managed to play in 41 games, missing at least 1 every year. His two most recent injuries are also the most concerning, having torn his ACL in 2018 and suffered a tibial plateau fracture in 2019. He did make it through 12 games after recovering from his injury last year, but at this point if you're drafting Henry you really need to be accounting for at least one or two missed games, at minimum.

1. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Football Team

Derrius Guice has only played five NFL games in two seasons.
Derrius Guice has only played five NFL games in two seasons. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Derrius Guice has a ton working against him on the injury front. He has suffered a torn ACL, torn meniscus and torn MCL so far in just two NFL seasons, and all of those injuries have been to the same knee. Even if you want to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that was just a fluky string of bad luck, there's another layer of risk to Guice's fantasy outlook. Because of those injuries, he's still an entirely unproven NFL player. He showed some promise in 2019, but a 42-carry sample is far from enough to be confident in him, especially now that he's recovering from another extended absence. You really need the stars to align for Guice to offer much fantasy football value in 2020.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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