With the lack of sports over the last few months and the nearly inevitable cancellation of the college football season, there will never have been more attention paid to the National Football League. And with the return of the NFL season, comes the return of fantasy football.
There is no greater joy at the end of the summer for fantasy football fans than pouring over countless predictors and stats, with the goal of figuring out exactly who they need to draft to shove their fantasy football dominance in the faces of their friends.
So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top 15 “Must-Have” stars and 15 players you should seriously consider avoiding in your draft. Some of the names may surprise you. Take a look!
15. Kenyan Drake (Must-Have)
When Kenyan Drake was traded from the Dolphins to the Cardinals last season he immediately became one of the top fantasy producers in the league. The numbers speak for themselves; Drake averaged 101.75 yards per game with Arizona and 58 with the Dolphins.
His last five games alone he scored seven touchdowns. With offensive guru Kliff Kingsbury calling plays, Drake is sure to improve on these numbers in what should be one of the best offenses in the league. Don’t sleep on Drake just because the press goes to Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.
15. Rob Gronkowski (Buyer-Beware)
Ok, here’s some controversy. For years, maybe even a decade, Gronk was one of the top fantasy performers in the league. He was a redzone monster. But that was a long time ago. Just a reminder, Gronk sat out all of last season, “retired.” What kind of football shape is he in after not taking hits all year? Well, football hits at least.
Sure, he’s got his good buddy Tom Brady tossing him passes but we don’t really know what Tom Brady we’re going to get yet either. There are better, safer choices at tight end than Gronk.