The flip side of succeeding with value players is failing with overvalued players. These are players that will not put up stats commensurate to their draft spot, and avoiding them is another of the important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out these players, we asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should underperform their draft position.
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Player Receiving 8 Votes
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh
Mike Brown: Green is still working his way back from ankle surgery, and there's no guarantee he'll even be ready to play come Week 1. As if that's not enough, he leaves the team where he failed to produce when they had an actual need for a playmaker, and joins a team that honestly doesn't really need a whole lot out of him. If the Steelers were to find out he wasn't suiting up this year, it probably wouldn't affect their plans all that much. There are just too many other weapons there for him to be really relevant, and he's almost undraftable at this point.
Dan Hindery: There are conflicting reports as to whether it is an ankle injury or serious concussion concerns keeping Green out of uniform for the Steelers. Either way, it is hard to invest a mid-round pick on Green at this point. Not only are the health issues a major concern, but also Green has not had an opportunity to build any chemistry with his new quarterback this offseason. Green has always shown flashes of serious potential, but for whatever reason has not been able to translate his raw skills into consistent production. It doesn't make sense to gamble on Green finally putting it all together when there are other talented tight ends with similar upside and far fewer concerns (Martellus Bennett and Antonio Gates for example) going in the same range of the draft.
Stephen Holloway: Ladarius Green signed a four-year $20 Million contract with only $4.75 Million in guarantees with the Steelers in March. He is a much more athletic tight end than the recently retired Heath Miller and presents match-up problems and the ability to go deep. However, he caught only 77 passes in his four years with the Chargers, with his career high of 37 coming last season. Even if he returns to health after missing most of the pre-season, he will have a lot of competition for targets with Antonio Brown being in Roethlisberger’s comfort zone and the Steelers have two great receiving running backs.