Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Not To Draft Anquan Boldin in 2014
Do Not Draft Anquan Boldin In 2014
Boldin's best years happened with the Arizona Cardinals, but even with his amazing seasons, he was still always over shadowed by Larry Fitzgerald. With the Cardinals, he had five seasons where he totaled 1,000 or more receiving yards, four seasons with seven or more touchdowns and averaged 60 or more receiving yards per game every single season in Arizona. Again, Boldin may have not received all the credit he was due because of Fitzgerald.
Even though he didn't produce earth-shattering numbers when he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, Boldin still had three strong seasons in Baltimore. When Boldin started to play for his new team, it became a case where his talent and skill did not transfer over to fantasy football success. He may not have scored a lot of touchdowns or eclipse 1,000 yards receiving, but his great hands and ability to convert third downs helped the Ravens reach a Super Bowl. In terms of fantasy football, Boldin was unable to break in as a top-20 wide receiver in 2012.
It was difficult to predict what type of season Boldin would have with the 49ers. He played with more traditional quarterbacks throughout his career, and many were unsure how Boldin would fit in with the mobility of Colin Kaepernick. The new wide receiver for San Francisco ended up having a great 2013 season with 1,179 receiving yards, seven touchdowns and two games with 100 or more receiving yards. With these numbers, Boldin was able to once again become a fantasy football force.
There is no denying Boldin has had a great career, and he should be able to still be a threat as an offensive weapon. With that being said, however, fantasy football players should do some evaluation before drafting Boldin in 2014. He may have had a great year in 2013, but there are several factors that will prevent those numbers from being duplicated.
Here are five reasons why fantasy football players should not draft Anquan Boldin in 2014.
5. Misleading Statistics
Part of the reason for the success of Boldin in 2013 was because of the absence of Michael Crabtree. With only Boldin and Vernon Davis to rely on, the numbers for Boldin seem to be inflated from what they would have been with Crabtree in the lineup.
Age may just be a number, but it is an important number in football. At 33-years old, Boldin is closer to the end of his career than the start.
3. Colin Kaepernick's Inconsistency
You never knew what Colin Kaepernick you would get when it came to game time. He averaged less than 200 passing yards a game, and at times he became a game manager like Alex Smith. With the success of Boldin in the hands of Kaepernick, I would not want to debate on if I should start Boldin from week to week.
1. Michael Crabtree
With a limited passing attack and a healthy Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis in the lineup, there will not be enough to go around.