2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Potential Busts to Avoid Drafting

2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Potential Busts to Avoid Drafting

Percy Harvin
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The fantasy football world is filled with sleepers and busts. Either way, it's all about taking risks. There were a lot of busts last season. Some were busts due to injury, like Arian Foster or Julio Jones. Others were busts just because a lack of production, like Trent Richardson. In order to win your league this year, you need to avoid as many busts as possible. Here are five players to avoid in 2014.

RB Zac Stacy

Zac Stacy
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RB Zac Stacy

Zac Stacy
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Zac Stacy was a sleeper heading into 2013. He emerged as a lead back after Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson failed to produce. He had 250 carries for 973 and seven touchdowns. Stacy is now ranked as a top-10 running back. However, he should be avoided. There is such thing as the "sophomore jinx" and with his 3.9 YPC, he may not be a top-10 guy. With his lack of work in the passing game, Stacy is a one-dimensional player.

RB Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell
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RB Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell
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Another rookie running back who had a great season, Le'Veon Bell took over the starting job in Pittsburgh. He finished as a top-15 fantasy rusher despite missing three games in the beginning of the season. Bell is the starter heading into 2014, but how many carries will he get? The Steelers brought in former Patriots running back LeGarrett Blount, who had a resurgence last season. His 3.52 YPC doesn't look too promising for Bell in 2014.

WR Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman
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WR Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman
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Julian Edelman took over as the New England Patriots' No. 1 wide receiver. He stepped up in the absence of Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski. Edelman finished with 105 catches, which crushed his previous high. Entering this season, the Patriots expect a healthy Gronk and Amendola as well as increased workloads for rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. With all of those players, Edelman will be hard pressed to reach 100 receptions again.

QB Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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QB Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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Chip Kelly's system is bound to raise the fantasy value of his quarterbacks. However, Nick Foles will have a hard time replicating his 2013 numbers of 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. Two. In his first full season as a starter, opposing defenses will have enough time to learn the system and shut Foles down. Foles is a risk-taker when he throws, which means an increase interceptions. Expect 25-27 touchdowns and 10-12 interceptions.

WR Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin
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WR Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin
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Percy Harvin is the quintessential fantasy bust. In his five seasons, Harvin played in 16 games just once. In his first year with the Seattle Seahawks, he played in one game, catching one pass for 17 yards. The big question is if Harvin can stay healthy. He has yet to produce a 1,000-yard season and is playing for a team that hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2007. Harvin is still being drafted ahead of more productive players for no reason.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.


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