We all hate busts in fantasy football.
However, bust is such a subjective term and everyone has their own definition. The five players listed here are players Iâ€™m staying clear of this season. The reason is different for each potential bust. Some players are aging, some have ended up in less-than-ideal situations and some perhaps are being overrated.
Here then, are the players you should avoid in your drafts.
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Rashard Mendenhall: Arizona Cardinals
While a move from Pittsburgh and out of Mike Tomlinâ€™s doghouse could help revitalize his career, Mendenhall is just too broken down at this point to trust.
Mendenhall has not played a full season since 2010. Last year, Mendenhall only played in 6 games and was hardly impressive in the games he did play, rushing for 182 yards (a pathetic 3.6 YPC clip) with zero rushing scores.
Remember, the Cardinalsâ€™ offensive line is nothing to write home about, theyâ€™re brutal actually, and with the team having younger running back options in Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, Mendenhall is no sure bet to last as the Cardinalsâ€™ primary back.
Hence, he has all the warning signs of a bust.
Greg Jennings: Minnesota Vikings
Talk about a downgrade.
Jennings recently said he was â€œbrainwashedâ€ while playing in Green Bay. I guess brainwashed means conditioned to winning. While he got his payday in Minnesota, going from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Ponder as your quarterback will certainly see your draft stock plummet.
Jennings was one of many weapons Green Bay had in the passing game, but in Minnesota, Jennings will see more coverage roll his way and he simply doesnâ€™t have the play-making ability anymore to make a major impact in fantasy circles.
Heâ€™s nothing better than a low-end No.3 wide receiver.
Frank Gore: San Francisco 49ers
While Gore has played 16 games in back-to-back years, thinking he can make it three years would be quite a stretch.
Gore is on the wrong side of 30 and with his previous workload (remember, he played in three extra games last year asÂ a result of the 49ers run to the Super Bowl) combined with the fact that San Francisco has other capable runners in his stead (Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James), Gore should not be trusted to carry fantasy squads.
49ersâ€™ head coach Jim Harbaugh will likely want to keep Gore as fresh as possible this year and lessen his load.
If you target Gore on draft day, do so with the intention of making him a No. 3 running back or flex option.
Ben Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh Steelers
Considering that Roethlisberger hasnâ€™t played a full season since 2008 should be all the red flags you need know to avoid him in drafts this summer.
Thatâ€™s not the only reason to avoid â€œBig Benâ€ these days, though. In the offseason, Roethlisberger lost his No. 1 weapon in Mike Wallace (who signed with the Dolphins). His tight end Heath Miller should also be out a good amount of time as well.
Pile all that up with the Steelers also down Leâ€™Veon Bell in the running game at the moment, and Roethlisberger may have a hard time putting up quality fantasy numbers this year.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Cincinnati Bengals
The â€œLaw Firmâ€ simply doesnâ€™t look like he fits in with the Bengals.
With the team boasting a youthful core (with Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Eifert all with less than three years of experience), Green-Ellis plodding ways donâ€™t jive with what the Bengals want to. With Cincinnati using a second-round pick on Giovani Bernard, theyâ€™ll want to showcase his athleticism and electric-playmaking abilities.
Green-Ellis is currently still tops on the Bengalsâ€™ depth chart, but sooner rather than later, heâ€™ll be phased out. At best, Green-Ellis is a flex option, as he could be the Bengalsâ€™ preferred choice to run the ball at the goal line.
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