4 NFL Stars You Should Avoid in Your Fantasy Football Draft
There are certain players in the NFL who unfortunately just keeping get hurt. Andre Johnson is one of them. While he has certainly been one of the most talented receivers in the NFL in the past few years, he has only had two seasons that were phenomenal in terms of fantasy production. In the 2008 and 2009 seasons, he had eight and nine touchdowns respectively, and he had over 1,500 yards receiving in both seasons. Since then, he has played 20 games total.
While Johnson does have a reliable quarterback in Matt Schaub to get him the ball, the Texans are one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL. With Arian Foster and Ben Tate in the backfield, Houston was tied for first in the league in rushing attempts with Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos.
In 2009, when Johnson had his best statistical season, Steve Slaton was the top rusher for the Texans, but now with less targets due to more carries for Foster and Tate and an effective goal line rushing attack, Johnson will catch fewer passes and score less touchdowns.
He is 31 years old and prone to injury, so don’t spend a second-round pick on him. There will be other wide receivers for you to pick up in the fourth round that will put up similar numbers.
3. Adrian Peterson (Minnnesota Vikings)
Last season, Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and his MCL. The fact that the Vikings are planning for him to return in Week 1 is ridiculous. He should be out for half of the season if not longer. But by coming back to the NFL so much sooner than anticipated, he is showing once again that he is a unique physical specimen.
Despite the fact that Peterson is supposed to start the season though, it is too risky to draft him in the second round. Toby Gerhart was solid last year for Minnesota, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and the Vikings could easily plug him in at RB1 if Peterson is still injured or isn’t performing up to expectations.
Obviously because Peterson has been the top running back in the NFL for the past few seasons, it might seem like the payoff of taking him with a second-round pick would be worth it, but if Michael Turner or Jamaal Charles are on the board and you’re looking for a running back, then you should give them some real consideration. Otherwise, just grab a non-RB, and chances are you’ll be better off than if you took Peterson.