15. Sony Michel, Patriots (Stay-Away)
Including the playoffs, Michel racked up 280 carries and 12 touchdowns in his rookie-season. But there are two reasons he may disappoint in 2019. The first is his shockingly limited role in the passing game. Despite racking up almost 300 carries, Michel was on the field for only 36% of New England’s snaps and handled a total of 14 targets. There is little reason to expect that number to increase.
The second reason is health. Michel had knee concerns entering last year’s draft and has had knee scopes each of the past two offseasons. Fantasy owners who had Michel on their roster last season will remember that he was often on the injury report and missed multiple games with knee issues.
14. Jarvis Landry, Browns (Stay-Away)
On the surface, Landry seems like a safe bet, especially since the Browns appear to have a settled quarterback situation with Baker Mayfield. But perhaps you should wait and see on Landry. He failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving for the second straight season last year and only found the end zone four times, so he’s not the most efficient fantasy receiver.
This season, he’ll be competing with Odell Beckham Jr. for targets, and all things being equal, Landry is going to lose that battle. It’s not like Landry is a big-play receiver who can get a week’s worth of fantasy points with one or two catches the way Beckham can. He needs a lot of targets and a lot of catches to score points, so with Beckham in the mix, don’t expect Landry to be an automatic starter on your fantasy team.