In fantasy football, just as in real NFL football, it’s easy to get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of hype that surrounds high-rated rookie draft picks. Some of these players end up being sleepers or studs, while many other become stumbling duds that could easily cost fantasy football team owners a chance at winning or defending a championship. Included here are five rookie players at several different positions who were drafted early into the NFL, but who could cost you dearly if picked early in a fantasy football draft.
Andrew Luck (QB) - Yes, Luck was the overwhelming choice to be the number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he should be drafted with caution in fantasy leagues. The Indianapolis Colts are obviously in reload mode, and that reload process seems to be developing a team who isn’t against winning a game by a score of 9-6. The Colts surrounded Luck with big blocking tight ends, and have deepened their running back stable, in hopes of helping this young quarterback along early in his career.
Justin Blackmon (WR) – Yes, Blackmon has the size and the physical prowess to be the next Megatron, but in the swampy Jacksonville Jaguarsoffense, he’s got no one of note to throw him the ball. Let us not forget that Blackmon may be facing a suspension for his off-season DUI charge.
Matt Kalil (OT) – Of course offensive tackles are only drafted in custom fantasy leagues, but passing on Kalil is less of a shot at his talent, than it is more of a negative towards the team who drafted him. The Minnesota Vikings are a mess on offense, with a weakened receiving core, a injured running back, and a hapless quarterback. Stay away from the Vikings at all costs.
Robert Griffin III (QB) - Once again, this list is not a shot against the talents of these players, or disrespect as to how they will eventually rise in the NFL. Griffin is arguably the most talented player to come out of the 2012 NFL Draft. Still, Griffin finds himself as a rookie in the toughest division in the league, which just happens to include the defending world champions. Buyers beware.
Trent Richardson (RB) – The Cleveland Browns have been a black hole for high draft picks ever since they returned to the NFL in 1999. This champion running back has the talent to break that mold, but he finds himself drafted into a division that put three teams in the playoffs last season. Richardson could be the big dog that the Browns need, but he could also end up being another brick in the wall of shame that has plagued Cleveland for over a decade.