2014 Fantasy Football: 5 TEs Who Belong On Your Do Not Draft List

5 TEs Who Should Be On Your Do Not Draft List

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Every year fantasy football owners end up drafting the wrong players. Usually it happens due to name recognition or because of a breakout season. While that isn't the worst strategy in the world, it definitely won't help you win your fantasy leagues. One position where this happens more than most is at tight end since there are limited options for success. With that being said, let's look at the five TEs that you shouldn't draft.

5. Jordan Cameron - Cleveland Browns

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5. Jordan Cameron - Cleveland Browns

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Cameron caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 which earned him a trip to Pro Bowl. This would make him seem like a player that you should target in your drafts. However, regardless of positive reports coming from training camp, Cameron will be hard-pressed to repeat what he did last year. It also doesn't help his cause that Norv Turner and Rob Chudzinski are no longer coaching there. Therefore, a sharp regression is likely.

4. Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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4. Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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Gates had 77 catches for 872 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, but the bulk of his numbers came during the early portion of the season. The former undisputed No. 1 fantasy TE's name value is much higher than his actual value for 2014, especially with the emergence of Ladarius Green as an explosive deep threat. Gates will still produce, but the changing of the guard is happening in San Diego and the TE to own from that team is no longer him.

3. Jared Cook - St. Louis Rams

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3. Jared Cook - St. Louis Rams

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After a seven-catch, 141-yard and two touchdown performance in the first game of 2013, Cook didn't do much else during the season. He ended up finishing last year with 51 catches, 671 yards and five TDs. Some questioned if his under-performance was due to QB play, but Sam Bradford was on pace for 3,856 yards with 32 TDs and nine INTs until he was lost for the season due to injury. The problem is with Cook and I wouldn't target him in any league.

2. Marcedes Lewis - Jacksonville Jaguars

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2. Marcedes Lewis - Jacksonville Jaguars

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Does anyone remember the last time when Marcedes Lewis had a season with 50-plus catches, over 550 yards and five touchdowns? It was in 2010 and he's only come close to repeating that in one out of his eight total years in the league. His potential as a premier TE in the NFL is basically gone and no one should be targeting him for any reason. If anyone does want to roll the dice on him, then I wish you all the best and hope there's a backup plan.

1. Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

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1. Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

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I can understand drafting Ebron if you're in a keeper league since he does have great long-term upside. However, that upside will only be seen in flashes this season. Additionally, he's been struggling in training camp so far with his catching, and that's his strongest feature. I can't imagine him suddenly producing in the regular season like a Pro Bowl player when he's performing like a "No Bowl" player during the preseason.

Roje Smith is a Fantasy Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RoKnowsDFS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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