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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Players Who Are All Reputation

2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Players Who Are All Reputation

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Fantasy football drafts can either yield great rewards, or blow up right in your face if you aren't careful. Every season, fantasy owners draft players solely based on reputation and it comes back to bite them every time. The following five guys are nothing more than big names, and you should avoid drafting them high in your fantasy league.

5. Ryan Mathews

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5. Ryan Mathews

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Ryan Mathews has put together some decent seasons. He is coming off a year with 1,255 rushing yards and six TDs, but he was also a workhorse last year for the Chargers, carrying the football almost 300 times. That was simply a fluke and won't happen again. Between his injury history and the addition of Donald Brown in SD to go along with Danny Woodhead, Mathews isn't worth drafting as a No. 1 RB.

4. C.J. Spiller

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4. C.J. Spiller

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Every year, there is one fantasy owner who falls in love with C.J. Spiller's speed and explosiveness, reaches high for him and is disappointed by season's end. He does have top-end speed, but that has yet to translate on the field. In fact, he has topped 1,000 yards and five TDs just once in his NFL career. To make things worse, Fred Jackson is still a thorn in his side, and is sure to vulture yards and TDs from him.

3. Trent Richardson

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3. Trent Richardson

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Trent Richardson has been incredibly overrated since entering the NFL. Even in his rookie year, he was simply not that good. He did have 11 TDs, but most of them were red zone scores. In fact, he rushed for only 950 yards on 267 carries that season, a 3.6 YPC average. Since then, he hasn't had 500 yards or 4 TDs rushing in any season. He also has yet to play a full season. He lacks explosiveness in the run game and should be off your draft board.

2. Ray Rice

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2. Ray Rice

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Ray Rice has been a fantasy stud for most of his NFL career. However, his time as a fantasy-relevant player may be up. His stats have steadily declined in the past three seasons and Bernard Pierce is right on his tail for playing time. In 2013 Rice struggled big time rushing for 660 yards and four TDs on 214 carries, a pitiful 3.1 YPC. His two-game suspension for knocking out his wife doesn't help his stock either.

1. Danny Amendola

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1. Danny Amendola

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Amendola is the ultimate fantasy football tease. Despite the hype every year of him being a potential fantasy stud, owners are always left disappointed. The most TDs he has ever had is three and he has never had 700 receiving yards in a single season. He has only played a full season once in his career. Despite the allure of him playing with Tom Brady, let someone else in your league have him, especially with Julian Edelman and Gronk in NE.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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