Gut Check No.340: Players I’m Wary Of


Darren McFadden had a terrific season a few years ago, but hasn't stayed healthy. or performed consistently as an NFL back. Photo by June 10459.

Darren McFadden had a terrific season a few years ago, but hasn’t stayed healthy. or performed consistently as an NFL back. Photo by June 10459.

Suspending our knowledge of depth charts, scheme, and role, Waldman looks at 20 rounds of players he regards with a wary eye.

Last week’s post was the answer to the most common question I’m asked by fantasy owners. This week’s post is not the second-most common question, but it’s high on the list: Who are the players I don’t believe in? 

Let’s get one thing straight before I answer the question: Many of these players will succeed. I might even draft some of these players. It doesn’t change that regardless of their spot on the depth chart, scheme, and role, I have lingering doubts.

ROUND 1

LeVeon Bell (ADP 1): I believed in Bell when most were saying that the Michigan State star ran too much like a scat backand he was to slow to succeed in the NFL. I continue to combat the notion that Bell succeeded last year because he lost weight while these new believers fail to cite the health of the Steelers’ offensive line. Yes, Bell probably gained a little more speed and quickness from the weight loss, but his burst and agility scores at 230 pounds were as good as Ahmad Bradshaw and Jahvid Best.

If I’m so adamant about Bell as a talent, why on earth do I have doubts? I have bad experiences with backs and receivers missing games due to suspension and suffering an injury upon return that lingers for weeks and hurts their performances. Bell is a crazy push-pull for me this year, because I have him as my No.1 option in PPR formats.

When I have a top-3 pick in drafts I find myself taking Bell about half the time and either Antonio Brown or Adrian Peterson the other half. Remember, you said you wanted to hear my doubts.

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