Aug 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) hands off the ball to running back Darren McFadden (20) in the first quarter in an preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Players to be weary of come fantasy draft day

As a fantasy football enthusiast, I have many different strategies when I enter the draft room. I usually tend to go into each draft with a tier list, basically my own personal ranking of each position. Having my own list makes it easier to draft the players I want on my team, and it doesn’t have to be based on ADP (Average Draft Position). But each year I also make a list of players to be careful of; it’s basically my ‘To Be Ignored’ list. Lucky for you, I’m here to share some of the players on my list.

I’m sure many of you have your own draft strategies, whether it’s to load up on running backs early, or to grab a QB like Rodgers, Manning, or Brees with your second pick regardless of who’s on the board. But here’s some mid round guys to consider skipping when it’s your turn to pick.

Darren McFadden, RB Oakland Raiders

It should be to no surprise why I have McFadden on my list. He is very injury prone, and that’s something I would not try to risk with an important position like RB2 or a flex spot. You should have no problem finding someone of equal or greater value than DMac, like Darren Sproles, Reggie Wayne, or Steve Smith. You might even want to consider taking a chance on someone like Montee Ball, who has obvious upside in Denver.

DeMarco Murray, RB Dallas Cowboys

Like McFadden, Murray is very injury prone. I’m not a huge fan of the Dallas offense, but if you skip over Murray I would try to steal his back-up, Joseph Randle, with a later pick. It’s one of those risks you could take without really taking one, so to speak. I would rather take a more reliable player instead of using a fourth round pick on Murray and then get his backup with one of my last picks.

Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles

I’m not a big fan of any Eagles player this year for my fantasy teams, especially Michael Vick. As it stands right now,Michael Vick is still competing with Nick Foles for the starting job, although all signs point to him taking it come game day Week 1. But he will have to work the offense under a new system led by Chip Kelly, so no one can really tell how he will fair throughout the season, if he makes it that far without getting injured. There are other backup quarterback options I like more than Vick which you could get with the same pick in most cases. I would rather take a chance on a guy like Sam Bradford or Ben Rothlisberger, which you might even be able to snag a round or two later than when you would take Vick.

I will be posting more Fantasy Football Strategies throughout the week, so stay tuned right here at FanSided!


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