Every person has players that they love and hate when heading into their fantasy drafts each year. This is a spin on the typical love/hate articles that are released by many and is my list and mine alone so don’t get to offended if you disagree. There are a multitude of reason why I say I loath these players for 2019 whether it be because I fell they are being drafted to high or it is simply because I do not feel they will produce well in the upcoming season. I will dive into those reasons individually as I list 7 players I currently loath in 2019. I will do an update to this list in August before draft time to keep things current.
Russell Wilson: QB7 overall ADP of 7.04
I want to start things off by stating I think Wilson is a great QB and will still be fantasy relevant for sure. I still believe he will finish as a QB1 and have him ranked as such. However, I feel that things have not gotten much better for him over the offseason. He lost his best WR in Doug Baldwin who had to retire due to multiple injuries and surgeries and while they did add a great rookie WR in D.K. Metcalf, he is no replacement especially immediately for Baldwin. The Seahawks did not add much else for Wilson in terms of pass catching targets and the team will look to use a run heavy approach once again in 2019. While Wilson is normally a force on the ground, he ran for a career low 67 attempts in 2018 and while that could go up in 2019 the loss of Baldwin may cause his passing numbers to suffer a bit. There are just to many questions and many other QB options later in the draft for me to be comfortable taking Wilson in the 7th round hoping he outproduces his QB9 finish last season.
Tom Brady: QB15 overall ADP of 10.09
While the price may not be too steep for Brady this season, I do not believe he will do well this season for fantasy. While he may be the greatest QB we have ever seen, for fantasy I do not love his prospects this upcoming season. He will no longer have TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Josh Gordon does not seem to be reliable by any means in terms of staying on the field. The Patriots did very little to add to Brady’s pass catching group and have implored multiple slot WR’s to the team limiting the deep play for Brady this upcoming year. The Patriots have also added another young RB in rookie Damien Harris to bolster the RB core as they will look to run the ball more in 2019. While Brady’s play has not taken a hit in terms of Touchdown scoring and yardage, he will have a harder time with a limited WR core and no Gronk taking away top coverage. I mainly would like to take picks on higher upside QBs going around or later than Brady than pick him in the 10th round.
Sony Michel RB20 overall ADP of 4.01
Conversely to Brady, I am very nervous of having Michel as my RB in 2019. I think he could very well produce as a top 24 RB by seasons end don’t get me wrong, but with the Patriots looking to run the ball more and Bill Belichick routinely using a committee approach with the position owning Michel looks to be very frustrating in 2019. The addition of rookie Damien Harris complicates things further and James White will still be the 3rd down back and pass catcher out of the backfield. Michel should be the leader in rush attempts out of the backfield, but with White capping his pass catching productivity and the combo of Harris and potentially Rex Burkhead rotating in, Michel does not seem to be a consistent enough option for me to put my RB2 faith in especial as my 4th rounder when guys like Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay going behind him that will have more consistent established roles.
Kareem Hunt: RB35 overall ADP of 7.10
This one baffles me quite a bit. I understand what Kareem Hunt as a player is for fantasy don’t get me wrong. He is an elite pass catcher and has been a workhorse for the Chiefs. That being said, he is suspended for 8 GAMES. That is over half of the fantasy regular season he will have to sit on your bench and when he comes back he will be in a new offense and will share duties with Nick Chubb. While I personally believe that Hunt and Chubb can create a Ingram and Kamara like tandem, he is going to hurt your team by taking up a valuable bench spot for 8 weeks of the season. “But I have an IR spot that I can put suspended players in” I hear you saying and if so that is great for you, but consider the guys you will miss out on by taking Hunt in round 7. Guys going behind him for the next round until your next pick if you take him are in no particular order QB Carson Wentz, RB’s Miles Sanders, Royce Freeman, and LeSean McCoy, WR’s Dante Pettis, Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones, D.K. Metcalf, Emmanuel Sanders, and Sterling Shepard and finally TE David Njoku. There are a lot of starters and depth pieces here that I would take in a heartbeat above Kareem Hunt.
WR Calvin Ridley: WR24 overall ADP of 5.09
To be blunt here, I do not trust Calvin Ridley as my WR2 period. I understand the hype. Matt Ryan has 13 dome games this year and Ridley should slide in as the number 2 target if not the number 3 target behind RB Devonta Freeman. He had 10 Touchdowns last year on limited snaps and will get more work so he should be able to continue producing those numbers. While he was impressive and I do think he has a shot at finishing as a WR2, I just do not believe he will be consistent enough for my team. While he will be fighting to be second in targets, WR Mohammed Sanu and TE Austin Hooper will still be involved and Matt Ryan will spread the ball around the offense. This can make things tough when projecting his consistency over the season and I do not want a headache in my WR2 pick in the 5th round. On top of this there are guys going behind him like D.J. Moore and Tyler Boyd that I think will be much more consistent and also have high ceilings week in and week out. I just feel the hype has gone a bit to far on Ridley as he heads into year 2.
James Washington: WR45 overall ADP of 10.04
This one may seem odd to some as the price is not steep for Washington. This is me personally feeling that Donte Moncrief will be the number 2 WR over Washington. Moncrief to me is the perfect compliment to Juju Smith-Shuster and I simply have not seen enough out of James Washington to feel that he will beat out the veteran as the starter in Pittsburgh. I could be completely wrong here as the draft capital was spend on Washington and the offense is wide open at the WR position behind Smith-Shuster, but with guys like Dede Westbrook, Devin Funchess, and Keke Coutee going behind him, I will stay away from Washington and take the value pick on Moncrief if I want a shot at the Steelers WR2 in 2019.
Eric Ebron: TE6 overall ADP of 6.06
I want to say this off the top. Eric Ebron will be a TE1 in 2019. However, I do not have the faith in him to return his TE6 ADP especially on a consistent basis. While I do think Jack Doyle is going to be the man behind Ebron on the depth chart, Doyle and Luck have a strong connection and he will eat into Ebron’s target share and workload over the course of the season. This will make things to frustrating for me to take him as high as he is going in the 6th round. There are to many other good RB’s and WR’s left that I could use on my roster and there are plenty of good plug and play TE’s going behind him. I think this is a product of the hype train taking him to far up the draft boards this season and he is a candidate to regress and disappoint by seasons end.
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By Ryan Larrison, Contributor, Fantasy Football for the People