Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
If it weren’t for injuries, Keenan Allen very well might be mentioned among the very best receivers in the NFL, unfortunately, those pesky have been the story of his career. Despite the fact he returns to his No.1 receiver duties, it’s just hard to put faith into a player that has missed the majority of the last two seasons.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington
Some people may look at Kirk Cousins and believe he’s a player you should not only target, but do so early in fantasy drafts; however, it is actually wiser to avoid the Washington signal-caller altogether. Most of the hesitancy I have surrounding Cousins stems from an offseason that saw both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon leave the team in free agency. Sure, Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson are exciting and brimming with potential, but losing two 1000 yard receivers in the same offseason could really hurt Cousins’ fantasy output this season.
Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
During his rookie season, Todd Gurley was a fantasy revelation as an explosive back with the power to be a touchdown-scoring fantasy machine. Unfortunately for both Gurley and everyone who enjoys football, fantasy or otherwise, the Rams have made sure to totally waste Gurley’s natural talents by surrounding him with what amounts to just about no talent. Jared Goff should be better in year two and that will help a bit, as will coaching from anyone not named Jeff Fisher, unfortunately, there still isn’t enough talent to warrant taking Gurley high. There just still isn’t enough talent around him for defenses to stop focusing on the running game.
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Like Gurley, Allen Robinson had a huge campaign in 2016 before really disappointing last season. Also like Gurley, Robinson’s decline had almost nothing to do with his own level of talent, rather, inept quarterback play dragged him down. Blake Bortles isn’t really a starting-level quarterback in the NFL, and until the Jaguars see that, Robinson will continue to fall well below his fantasy ceiling.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
It may seem surprising to include Jordan Howard on this list given his explosive rookie season, but the fact is, the Bears offense took a step back this offseason. Mike Glennon is supposed to be the starting quarterback, but honestly, nobody should be surprised when rookie Mitchell Trubisky overtakes him early on in the season. With a rookie signal-caller and a slightly below average offensive line, expect Howard’s production to decline.
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