By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on August 7, 2014
With the 2014 NFL Preseason beginning this week, many are watching the preseason games in the hope of recognizing a steal for their 2014 fantasy football draft. However, preseason games can also skew your perception of a big-name players' talent. Here are 10 players you shouldn’t reach for in your 2014 fantasy football draft.
Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but his lack of receivers is obvious. The Patriots will have a good season and possibly go to the Super Bowl, but Brady isn’t going to throw for anything crazy like 35 touchdowns.
Graham is going to put up big numbers, but he is in no way worth a top 10 pick. Stick with an elite receiver or running back, and you can pick up Vernon Davis or Julius Thomas later.
Ball is a common “sleeper” pick by many in fantasy drafts, but Ball hasn’t really proven that he’s top-10 running back material.
The Seahawks are almost always the first defense chosen, but there are decent defenses available later. Going for a defense early in a draft is a rookie mistake.
Allen had an explosive rookie season with the Chargers, but you shouldn’t expect him to put up those types of numbers once again.
Until the Indianapolis Colts prove that they can block, stay away from Luck. Talent doesn’t matter when you’re trying to avoid getting sacked by Jadeveon Clowney, J.J. Watt, Jurrell Casey and Ropati Potoitua.
Green is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, but the defenses in the AFC North are not going to be as weak as they were in 2013.
The problem with Johnson is his quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of the best passers in the NFL when it comes to throwing the ball to the other team and isn’t known for his big-play ability.
As with most of the players on this list, Forte is extremely talented and is going to have a good year. However, he’s ranked by most fantasy sites in the top five or six running backs. Jay Cutler is going to rip apart defenses through the air this season; Forte’s numbers will diminish with Cutler staying healthy.
Manning is the best quarterback in the NFL, but it’s highly unlikely that he has the type of season he had in 2013. There are talented quarterbacks available a little later in the draft, so to waste an early pick on a QB could devastate your fantasy season.
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