Wide Receiver Busts to Avoid in 2020 Fantasy Football Drafts
The wide receiver position is being devalued a bit in 2020 fantasy football drafts. The top 13 players in average draft position (ADP) include 10 running backs to just three wideouts, per FantasyPros.
There are still plenty of great options at the position, however, with names like Michael Thomas and Davante Adams being about the safest picks you'll find.
That doesn't mean all fantasy football wide receivers are safe picks though. The following WRs are potential busts that should be avoided in 2020 drafts.
3. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
Christian Kirk had a bit of a breakout sophomore season in 2019, catching 68 passes for 709 yards. The Arizona Cardinals added DeAndre Hopkins this offseason though, which really clouds Kirk's outlook in 2020. He still stands to be the No. 2 wideout in Arizona, but with Larry Fitzgerald hanging around for at least one more season, Kyler Murray's got a lot of mouths to feed.
2. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper certainly has plenty of upside in 2020, but the risk involved is just too high to justify an ADP of WR13. Looking just at the 14 games that Cooper and Michael Gallup both suited up for, Gallup saw a higher share of the Dallas Cowboys' targets (21 percent to 20 percent) and air yards (28 percent to 26 percent), slightly out-producing Cooper in PPR fantasy output (212.7 points to 209.9 points). This isn't to say that Gallup is the WR1 in Dallas, but Cooper is being drafted like the no-doubt top option in that passing game, when the stats say things might not be that simple.
1. Darius Slayton, New York Giants
Darius Slayton showed some impressive flashes as a rookie in 2019, topping 120 yards twice in his first pro season. His path to significant volume is just too cloudy to make him a valuable fantasy football asset in 2020, however. The New York Giants' WR corps was plagued by injuries last season, and now he'll be competing with Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate (not to mention tight end Evan Engram) for looks. With Shepard, Tate and Slayton all suiting up over the final four weeks last year, Slayton averaged just 5.5 targets per game. That trailed both Shepard (8.5) and Tate (7.0) by a big margin, showcasing Slayton as the clear No. 3 wideout. This Giants' offense does not project to be productive enough to support three fantasy-relevant wideouts, especially with Engram and Saquon Barkley also likely commanding big volume.
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