Who Not to Draft in Fantasy Football This Season

Zach Brunner
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Early-round selections in fantasy football drafts are incredibly important. If you do not get production out of your first couple of picks, you'll be in for a tough season, just ask the fantasy owners that took a chance on Le'Veon Bell last season.

Early picks for your team need to combine both a high ceiling and a high floor. With that in mind, these are five players you should avoid early in drafts because of their low floors or growing concerns.

5. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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T.Y. Hilton's value is very much tied to his quarterback, Andrew Luck. We have seen too often how Luck's body struggles to get over minor injuries, which is a reason for concern midway through the preseason. Luck is dealing with a high ankle issue, and even if he does play in Week 1, the concern for re-injury is justified when talking about Luck. So, while Hilton wouldn't necessarily be a bad pick at his current average draft position (ADP) of 30th overall, according to FantasyPros.com, there's plenty of other options that offer less risk without being linked to an injury-prone player.

4. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

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Titans' coaches talked up Derrick Henry with intentions of giving him a bigger workload, only for him to get hurt and end up missing almost all of training camp thus far. And this injury could complicate things further, as it's likely to produce two major scenarios that could follow. First, the coaches could backtrack on their comments after seeing Henry get a flat tire far before live action. While the second possibility could see the Titans feeding Henry the big workload they talked about, which could then prove more than he can handle and ultimately result in another similar injury as a result. He finally returned to practice Monday, and while Henry's ADP has plummeted to low-end RB2 territory, it could steadily rise throughout the next two weeks.

3. Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Damien Williams was another running back to get hurt and miss time early in camp. When he was out, Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid said he would use a committee approach in Kansas City. While this was likely just motivation to get someone to step up, the rookie Darwin Thompson did just that and has now earned a role on this team. This will likely lead to less catches for Williams, and if he struggles being the lead back for the Chiefs, Reid could be quick to rotate in any of his three other running backs, making Williams a risk at his current ADP.

2. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Leonard Fournette has the troubling combined skill set of wanting to run through defenders while also being injury prone. Throw in a proven track record of injury issues that dates back his college days with LSU, and he becomes a big risk. At 23rd overall, his ADP is the lowest it has been in some time, but Jacksonville's offensive line still hasn't improved enough to feel confident in Fournette, which is what you would want in a top-20 selection.

1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

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Contract talks between Melvin Gordon and the Chargers are reportedly not close, with the running back prepared to sit out games if he needs to. It's also easy to point to the situation with Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers last season to see how this could go south very quickly. Luckily, this increased risk has caused Gordon's ADP to drop to 29th overall. Still, it's a big investment for a player that could be off the field for quite some time this season.


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