Summer is almost over. Kids are getting ready to go back to school. But on the fantasy football side, school has already begun. Class is already in session. Today’s class will revolve around quarterbacks and running backs who should be avoided at all costs. Whether it’s in a draft or in a trade offer, stay away from the following players:
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
With a stacked group of talented players at the QB position, patience with drafting one is the key. Never pull the trigger on a quarterback early in the draft, and if you do, Andrew Luck is not the right man! Luck is still recovering from a shoulder surgery, and he will not see the field anytime soon. And even when he returns, he’ll be cold. He will not be the same Andrew Luck we’ve seen throughout his career. It’ll take time for Luck to bounce back, and it’s not worth waiting.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
With arguably the NFL’s best WR and RB at his disposal, Ben Roethlisberger can’t get any happier. It can’t get any easier for Ben to post big numbers. Oh, wait… it can. It’ll be easier for him if he’s actually present on the field. Ben has missed 6 games in the past two seasons. In addition, when I say “on the field,” I mean Heinz Field. Roethlisberger threw a disappointing 9 touchdowns with a passer rating of almost 40 points lower on the road than at home last season. Ben Roethlisberger is not the QB that you want on your roster. There are too many better options.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
This one may be surprising to many. Yes, fantasy football players should be careful with last season’s 2nd leading rusher this year. We’ve already seen this happen with Todd Gurley. A talented running back explodes in his rookie season only to be embarrassed the next season due to the mess around him. First off, the Bears have Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubinsky as their quarterbacks. No need to explain. Next, the Bears lost elite WR Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles, and replaced him with Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright. On top of that, Cameron Meredith, their No. 1 receiving option, has just tore his ACL in a preseason game. There’s more. Kevin White, 2015 first-round pick, is coming off a 2016 fractured fibula injury, after missing his entire rookie season due to a stress fracture of his tibia. As a result of all this, defenses will only focus on stopping the run, causing Todd Gurley’s story to happen all over again, this time to Jordan Howard.
Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
Last season, everyone expected Lamar Miller to finish inside the top 10 in RB scoring, but he ended up being a huge disappointment, clocking in as the RB18. Miller had a career-high 268 rushing attempts, but things didn’t turn out the way we all thought it would. Lamar Miller barely reached 1,000 rushing yards and scored just six total touchdowns. Furthermore, the Texans drafted a very versatile back in D’Onta Foreman in the third round, who is likely to mix in the backfield, taking away opportunities from Miller. Moreover, the 6-foot, the 235-pound tank is likely to take away all of Miller’s goal-line touches, given his size. Don’t be surprised if Miller’s numbers take a big fall from last year’s unproductive season.