Five Types of Players To Avoid in Redraft


There is a lot of hype that surround certain players every season in fantasy football. Sometimes, buying into the hype is good, but other times, an over-hyped player will cause you to reach and look silly. Avoid all the players that you think can be one of these guys. It’s better to ignore the hype and go with what you know is true: consistency.

1. Mr. Inconsistent

avoid mr inconsistent

These players will look great at the end of the season. They could finish as a top-12 player at their position, but half of the season they have you pulling your hair out due to the anger they cause you. These guys will have weeks of insane points, and other weeks where you question yourself “Why do I even have him on my roster?” These players are also impossible to drop because at any time they could go off for 30 points and you’re sitting there looking like an idiot. The key is to identify these players due to their past stats and fade on these players. Don’t completely avoid, but be aware of their past. Below are some examples for this upcoming season.


  • QB Jared Goff
  • RB Derrick Henry
  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Amari Cooper
  • WR Tyreek Hill
  • Tight Ends are mainly inconsistent anyway so I avoided putting one here

2. The Over-hyped Rookies

avoid over-hyped rookies
May 28, 2019; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) carries the ball during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

You’ll see these rookies in training camps and the preseason. This will cause you to draft them higher than you should. In reality, rookies take a little bit of time to get acclimated to an NFL system. So one really should fade on rookies as a whole. Rookies are good to take a shot on in the later rounds of drafts because it didn’t waste any premier draft capital for your roster. However, drafting a certain rookies in the earlier rounds is ill-advised. There are obvious exceptions like Saquon Barkley. Just be aware that most rookies don’t perform their first season. If you trust in the guy, by all means take him, but if there is a player there with a proven floor right next to him, it would be wise to take the proven player over the hopeful rookie.


  • QB: Kyler Murray
  • RB: Josh Jacobs (Hard Knocks will only make it worse)
  • RB: Darrell Henderson
  • WR: N’Keal Harry
  • WR: D.K. Metcalf
  • TE: T.J. Hockenson

3. The Guys that Never Play 16 Games

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Leonard Fournette #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a second half touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field on November 18, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

These players always seem to miss games whether it’s due to an injury, suspension, or contract issue. So many people reach for a guy that literally has all three of these issues and get disappointed when they miss time. It’s okay to draft someone lower than what you value them if they’re injury prone, but to invest a high-capital draft pick in a player with major injury concerns is a recipe for disaster. Avoid players that can’t be on the field.


  • QB: Carson Wentz
  • RB: Leonard Fournette
  • RB: Melvin Gordon
  • WR: A.J. Green
  • WR: Will Fuller
  • TE: Jordan Reed

4. The Super Talents in the Bad Situations

ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 24: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks for an open reciever against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Talent can only take you so far in fantasy football. Players all the time get put on a talent lock due to the system they’re in and the team around them. It’s best to avoid these players just to avoid the headache. You know that these players could be awesome if they were on a powerhouse offense like the Colts, but instead they’re on the Bills.


  • QB: Russell Wilson
  • RB: Le’Veon Bell
  • RB: Miles Sanders
  • WR: Corey Davis
  • WR: Alshon Jeffery
  • TE: David Njoku

5. The Handcuff

I am fully against a strict handcuff. A lot of people are for this idea, but I am completely against it. You are not the Head Coach of the Rams. You do not know that Darrell Henderson is the true backup to Todd Gurley if he were to go down. It is very hard to predict who the true handcuff to a top running back is especially if the backup is new. It makes sense to draft a guy you think could beat out the starter by the end of the season like Devin Singletary, and it also makes sense to draft a guy you believe will steal touches during the season in the receiving game. But, drafting a bench player that will not help your team at all is just a waste of roster space.


  • QB: If any of you draft a QB handcuff stop playing fantasy football
  • RB: Darrell Henderson
  • RB: Carlos Hyde
  • WR: There aren’t really any that are fantasy releveant
  • TE: Dallas Goedert

This isn’t a list of players you should avoid as a whole. Sometimes, I find myself drafting some of these players like Miles Sanders if I like the current value and my roster, but you don’t want to build your roster around these type of players. It’s better to have a roster of consistency and health than a roster of constant worrying and frustration.

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Joseph Herff

College student trying to make a name for myself in the sports writing industry.

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  1. August 20, 2019

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