Every year, certain players are hyped up as the next stars of fantasy Football. Be careful, or you will fall into a trap and draft players who are not worth a high draft pick. Often these players are rookies, like Melvin Gordon, who have been drafted solely based on potential rather than talent. Try to avoid taking these players early in your fantasy drafts.

#1: Ezekiel Elliot.

I know, I know, everyone loves Ezekiel Elliot. But remember that he is an unproven rookie who has yet to do anything in the NFL. I understand that the Cowboys offensive line is excellent, but that still does not make me want to spend a first round fantasypick on a guy who mightnot even get the goal line carries for the Cowboys.

#2: T.Y. Hilton.

I don’t hate T.Y. Hilton as a player, but I do hate his fantasy inconsistency. Just look at his production from week 11 to week 17: 2, 21, 3, 13, 2, 6, 4. I’d rather not spin a roulette wheel and hope that my fantasy receiver goes off and scores a lot of points. In fantasy, the objective is to win weekly games, and I’d rather rely on consistency than gamble with Hilton.

#3: Eddie Lacy.

I don’t care how much weight the Packers RB had lost in the offseason, I’m still not going to draft him. Last year, Lacy was so bad that he ended up in a time share with James Starks. Now that Starks will likely be taking fantasytouches away from Lacy, I am no longer interested in spending a 2nd round pick on Lacy.

#4: Lamar Miller.

In Miami, Lamar Miller was highly underutilized and rarely given the ball. When he was given the ball, he was capable of losing 3 yards or rushing for a big 30 yard gain. Unfortunately, I don’t see how he’ll be much better on the Texans. The Texans rely on defensive more than offense and don’t score enough for Miller to be worthy of a high draft pick.

#5: Jordan Reed.

As much as I love Jordan Reed and his production, I don’t think he’s worth a fourth or fifth round pick in fantasy drafts. When he’s on the field, he produces like a monster, but his injury history leaves a lot to be desired. His concussion history makes him a lock to miss at least two games every football season, which means I will be avoiding the tight end at his current ADP.

#6: Matt Jones.

The Redskins let Alfred Morris go in the offseason, leaving Matt Jones as the clear cut starter at RB. But the Redskins don’t run the ball enough for Matt Jones to be worth a fantasy pick in the fourth or fifth round, especially when Jones is so fumble prone. Smart fantasy players should avoid the Redskins backfield.

#7: Melvin Gordon.

Can somebody please tell me why you’re still drafting Melvin Gordon? Did you not watch the Chargers last season? Melvin Gordon was absolutely awful and couldn’t find any holes to run through last season. If you’re going to own a piece of the Chargers backfield, choose Danny Woodhead, who will at least be featured in the Chargers passing game.

#8: Tyler Eifert.

Tyler Eifert scored a whopping 13 touchdowns last season, first among all tight ends. But he had only 615 receiving yards in his football season. To justify a fifth round pick, Eifert would probably need to score double digit touchdowns for the Bengals again in 2016. I don’t think that’s going to happen, so I would wait until later in the draft to select a tight end.

#9: Alshon Jeffery.

The Bears star receiver is great to own when he’s completely healthy. But his injury history should preclude him from ever being a second round fantasy pick again. Plus, the additional presence of Kevin White on the field will likely put a dent in Alshon’s production, even if he does manage to stay healthy.

#10: Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard.

I don’t understand why anybody would ever choose to draft either of these players. Much like T.Y. Hilton, each individual fantasy week is hit or miss with these guys. I’d rather spend my draft picks on guys I know are getting touches than willingly choose place myself into a time share split where I have no idea who will produce on a weekly basis.

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