There are few players that a trashman like myself won’t trifle with in fantasy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t several players I won’t avoid if I can help it. I’m not off these guys entirely, but I have to squint really hard to make them look good where they’re currently being drafted…
O.J. Howard TE, Buccaneers: Probably the highest profile tight end we’ve seen in recent years, it’s a shame it’s unlikely we’ll see much of Howard in box scores this season. Cameron Brate is running as the pass-catching end coming off of a strong 2016 season, and Howard has been struggling holding onto the ball. O.J. will be on the field a lot due to his pass-blocking ability, but he we’ll probably have to wait at least another year before he’s an every week fantasy play. We love him for dynasty, but not 2017 redraft.
John Brown WR, Cardinals: It’s hard not to pull for John Brown, with his phenomenal skill-set and knack for overcoming adversity, but complications from his sickle-cell trait are making it harder and harder to rely on him in fantasy. There are too many fleet-footed and sure-handed receivers in Arizona to bank on his on-field success.
Eddie Lacy RB, Seahawks: Lacking the burst that is often negatively correlated with getting fat, Lacy is a big name with an ever decreasing role. He’s already behind Thomas Rawls, and rookie Chris Carson is already pushing him for 2nd back duties – don’t forget about C.J. Prosise as the pass-catching back, either. Lacy’s best hope is that injuries to other players keep him relevant.
Tyrod Taylor QB, Bills: The Bills aren’t helping Taylor out much as they hemorrhage receivers, but Taylor hasn’t done himself many favors with his lackluster preseason play. Rookie QB Nate Peterman could press him from week one.
Corey Coleman WR, Browns: This hurts because I love Coleman as a fantasy prospect, but there’s only room for one viable WR in Cleveland with Brock Osweiler likely to be under center for at least a chunk of the season, and that WR is Kenny Britt. Coleman is a field stretcher, not a possession guy, and if there’s one thing that Osweiler hates to do it’s throw the ball farther then 10 yards down the field. If Kizer eventually takes the reins it’s a different story.
Randall Cobb WR, Packers: Cobb had enough trouble getting targets when Martellus Bennett wasn’t around. Now that the Black Unicorn is in Green Bay, in addition to Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams returning, Cobb’s chances of booming on anything resembling a regular basis are few.
Allen Robinson WR, Jaguars: There are too many things going against Robsinson, like a mysteriously underwhelming 2016 season and a QB situation that rivals the Jets in its pitiful nature. Marqise Lee actually seems like the safe option here, as you can get him rounds and rounds later.
Paul Perkins RB, Giants: There’s nothing particularly wrong with Perkins, but there’s nothing terribly exciting about him either. He’s the weakest link in an otherwise high-ceiling offense, and there are a lot of backs that I feel better about starting on a regular basis. I’m only taking him if I can get value on him.
LeGarrette Blount RB, Eagles: Blount looks ineffective in the Eagles offense, so it’s hard for me to endorse him in anyone’s draft. In all honesty, it’s not really his fault with HC Doug Peterson playing to his weaknesses by having him try to do everything BUT ram the ball down throats. That being said, he doesn’t look like a great fit in Philly and at least three other Eagles backs do.
Kevin White WR, Bears: White has lost confidence to the extent that he’s been having to watch college tape of himself to remind him that he was good at one point. Cam Meredith is the 1A, and I don’t know that there will be much else to go around with a shaky QB group like the one they possess.
Amari Cooper WR, Raiders: Byron went to Raiders camp, and he’s nothing if not a Cooper apologist, so hearing from him that Cooper is a big question mark and Crabtree is undoubtedly Carr’s guy speaks volumes. Unless he drops at least a round below his ADP in my drafts, I’m going to let someone else deal with Cooper and his head scratching fantasy outlook.