Knowing who to draft in fantasy football is only half the battle. Finding the top players is all well and good until your leaguemates snipe you for three rounds in a row. Then you're left sorting through players you don't feel great about.
At that point, knowing who not to draft can be the key.
That's why The Duel is here to help, with five potential busts to avoid in 2021 fantasy football drafts.
Fantasy Football Players to Avoid
5. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rob Gronkowski's Super Bowl performance must be too fresh in the mind of fantasy football players. It's easy to be impressed with those 6 receptions, 67 yards and 2 touchdowns. But prior to that he had gone seven straight games without catching more than 3 passes, averaging just 1.4 receptions on 3.1 targets per game in that stretch. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense simply has too many weapons for Gronk to be a consistent fantasy starter.
4. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
Jerry Jeudy started to break out late in the 2020 season, capping off the year with a 15-target game in Week 16 and a season-high 140 yards in Week 17. He still had 5 or fewer targets in six of his final eight games, however. And that was without Courtland Sutton in the lineup. Sutton is still the top dog in this offense, and he accounted for 25.8% of the Denver Broncos' total targets in his last healthy season in 2019. Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater simply aren't good enough to support both Sutton and Jeudy as strong fantasy options.
3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos
Speaking of the Broncos, they look to have one foot out the door with Melvin Gordon already. Trading up to select a running back (breakout candidate Javonte Williams) at No. 35 overall is not exactly a vote of confidence in your incumbent starter. And even if Gordon is getting the RB1 role, his complete lack or receiving ability (3.6 yards per target and a 36.4 receiving grade from Pro Football Focus in 2020) leave him with a severely limited ceiling.
2. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
CeeDee Lamb is going to be good, don't get me wrong, but it's a long-shot that he's going to be WR12-good like his current average draft position (ADP) suggests. Dak Prescott is back, but supporting three top fantasy WRs in an offense that wants to give Ezekiel Elliott 300 carries is just not a likely outcome. Through Dak Prescott's four full games, Amari Cooper was the clear No. 1 WR with a massive 51 targets. Lamb's volume (29 targets) looked a lot more similar to Michael Gallup's (24 targets). Lamb certainly improved as the year went on, but his final four games actually saw him tally fewer targets (21) than Gallup (26).
1. D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
Anthony Lynn has revealed his plan for the Detroit Lions' backfield, and it sounds like that's going to include a healthy dose of Jamaal Williams. Williams may not be the most exciting back in the world, but he's also the guy who was good enough that the Green Bay Packers limited Pro Bowler Aaron Jones to just a 52% snap share in 2020. Without workhorse volume, D'Andre Swift suddenly becomes a very underwhelming option in the offense of a Detroit Lions team that boasts a woeful win total of 5.0 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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