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Players to Be Wary of Early in Your Draft

Matt Williamson gives you some players you should let other owners draft

It is nearing the end of August. The preseason is rolling along and we are getting news every day. We have seen live action on the field. But, as much as anything, it is truly fantasy football season. It is an ever-changing league, but there are some players that are simply being selected far too high at the tops of fantasy drafts. Based on FantasyPros.com’s Average Draft Position, these are some players that you should stay away from considering their cost. Let these players end up on someone else’s team.

LeSean McCoy (RB3, 6th overall)

Maybe McCoy’s ADP has yet to fully correct itself after the trading away of Sammy Watkins, but taking McCoy in the first round of a 12-team draft is just too risky right now. He is a great player. There is no doubting that. In fact, McCoy is one of the best running backs of this generation and shows no signs of slowing down. He’s averaged over 86 rushing yards per game over the past four years and scored 14 touchdowns last year while averaging over 108 total yards from scrimmage in 2016. The problems here are many though. McCoy is now 29 years old and while his fantastic vision will never leave him, his sweet feet will at some point. Not only that, but the Bills are installing a new running scheme even though they have been the best rushing team in the NFL over the past two years. As McCoy showed with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, he can certainly flourish in a zone scheme. But can the Bills’ big heavy offensive line make the transition? Also, Watkins has obviously missed a lot of time in the past, but with Buffalo now only really featuring chain-moving slot type wide receivers, will any defense fear the deep ball from this offense? Lastly, these new weapons sure look much more Nathan Peterman-friendly than the explosive big play guys that suit Tyrod Taylor. Buffalo is all about building for the future and accumulating draft picks. Will Taylor even finish the season as their starting quarterback? Might Buffalo even begin to give Jonathan Williams a lot more work very late in the year when they are out of the playoff race but your fantasy team is in the playoffs? That is just far too many variables to use a first-round pick on McCoy.

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