2014 Fantasy Football: 10 Players Who Are Undraftable

Fantasy Football: 10 Players to Avoid Drafting in 2014

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Some players carry more name value than actual value. Successful fantasy owners should avoid these 10 players on draft/auction day in 2014.

10. Eric Decker, WR New York Jets

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10. Eric Decker, WR New York Jets

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I want no part of the Jets' offense. Decker is a much more athletic receiver than he often gets credit for, and when it's all said and done he's going to have a successful NFL career. That being said, I'd be terrified of starting any receiver relying on Geno Smith, and the Jets' other receivers are so bad that Decker should be constantly double-teamed. I'll buy into him next year if he proves he can do it without Peyton this year.

9. Reggie Bush, RB Detroit Lions

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9. Reggie Bush, RB Detroit Lions

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There are two big factors that are keeping me away from Bush in 2014. First, he's not NFL young and he dealt with knee and calf injuries last season. Second, Joique Bell. The Lions invested heavily in Bell this offseason and frankly, he's a more complete ball carrier than Bush is. Bush will still get his touches, and he's still going to be really good in the open field, but the presence and ability of Bell is enough to keep me away.

8. Matt Prater, K Denver Broncos

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8. Matt Prater, K Denver Broncos

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Prater is currently an early 10th round pick according to ESPN's ADP. That's right, a kicker is currently going just after pick 90. Absolutely ridiculous. If you're taking your kicker before the last two rounds of your draft, you're making a mistake. Prater is almost assuredly gone by then, making him simply undraftable.

7. Knowshon Moreno, RB Miami Dolphins

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7. Knowshon Moreno, RB Miami Dolphins

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Of Moreno's 241 carries last season, 192 came with six men or fewer in the box. That's what happens when you have Peyton Manning as your quarterback. That won't be the case this season. The Dolphins' offensive line is a unit in flux and Tannehill won't get nearly the same respect as Manning routinely does from opposing defenses. Couple the tenuous situation with the knee injuries he's dealing with, and Moreno is a guy I'm going nowhere near.

6. Larry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona Cardinals

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6. Larry Fitzgerald, WR Arizona Cardinals

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Fitzgerald hasn't eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in either of the last two seasons. I'm not willing to bet that trend reverses in his age-31 season. Fitz is still one of the more talented receivers in the NFL, but he's lost a step from his once dominant days. He has to deal with a shaky Carson Palmer as his QB, and the Cardinals have an emerging star in Michael Floyd to steal targets from the one-time top-three receiver.

5. Trent Richardson, RB Indianapolis Colts

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5. Trent Richardson, RB Indianapolis Colts

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Richardson looked absolutely awful last season, and for his career he's averaging an extremely unappealing 3.3 yards per carry over 455 rushing attempts. I wouldn't be shocked if he loses the starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw at some point this season (much of this hinges on Bradshaw's ability to stay healthy). And if the Colts didn't give up so much to get Richardson. his lock on the starting gig probably wouldn't be nearly as secure.

4. Seattle Seahawks D/ST

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4. Seattle Seahawks D/ST

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I just can't spend a fifth-round pick on a defense. According to ESPN's ADP, the Seahawks D is being drafted ahead of Roddy White, Andre Ellington, Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree and Toby Gerhart. There's no way I'm passing up one of those players to take the first defense off the board.

3. Ray Rice, RB Baltimore Ravens

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3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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Rice is coming off the worst season of his career and he's going to miss the first two games of 2014. Do you really want to spend a sixth-round pick on an aging, declining running back who is guaranteed to give you nothing for the first two weeks? Pro Football Focus had Rice graded as the worst running back of 2013, and his film backs that up. I wouldn't want Rice in the eighth round, let alone the sixth.

2. Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2. Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Doug Martin is the Matt Flynn of fantasy football. No players' fantasy value has benefited more from his performance in one game. For Martin, that game came in Week 8 of 2012 when, as a rookie, he compiled 272 total yards and four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. Outside of that he's been a good back, but not one worthy of a top-10 rank heading into 2014.

1. Rob Gronkowski, TE New England Patriots

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1. Rob Gronkowski, TE New England Patriots

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I love Gronk. He's one of my favorite NFL players. That being said, he's played in just 16 games over the last two seasons (just seven last year). I simply can't spend a third or fourth-round pick on a guy who's such a big injury risk. I'd much rather use that pick on a guy like Giovani Bernard, Randall Cobb, Vincent Jackson or Andrew Luck. Gronk's current price tag and injury risk make him very undraftable.