It’s fantasy football season again!! And the NFC North will house some of the leagues superior talent, with the likes of Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers — among others — staking their claim within the division. It’s a wide open conference with loads of talent, which should make for a very entertaining season.
But there’s players to stay away from too. We delve into the entire conference, highlighting players to stay away from in your fantasy football leagues.
1. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers - Nelson’s ADP is currently 57, putting him in the seventh round of most eight owner leagues. However, knee surgery in early August put him on the shelf for the remainder of training camp, and now it appears he won’t suit up for week one, either. After a 2012 that was plagued by injury, this is not what a fantasy owner wants to hear. He also had the NFL’s ninth worst drop rate (14.04 per PFF) which doesn’t bode well either. He’s a situational flex receiver, that should not be overvalued. The Packers have a trio of talented receivers, Nelson is the one I would stay away from.
2. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions - Pettigrew owns a current ADP of 113, which is vastly overrated. Last season, he tied for third most drops by tight ends and had the third worst drop percentage at 13.24%, according to Pro Football Focus. However, he remained Matthew Stafford’s safety valve throughout the season, compiling 59 catches on the season.
But Reggie Bush has become that safety valve for Stafford in the preseason. So much, that after Pettigrew’s early drop against the Patriots, he solely committed to Bush in the flat. Pettigrew is just a security blanket for injuries throughout the season, at this point.
3. Jonathon Franklin, RB, Packers - The original thought was rookies Eddie Lacy and Franklin would share snaps throughout the season. But he has lagged behind, and veteran Dujuan Harris has leaped him in recent depth charts. Franklin is a guy to pass on when draft day comes.
4. Nate Burleson, WR, Lions - Coming off a season in which he broke his leg, Burleson has looked a step slow and rusty through the preseason. He’s also coming off his worst season sine 2008, posting just 27 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns in six games. Burleson is a midseason waiver at best, I would stay away on draft day.
5. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions – Leshoure has looked like the third string running back throughout training camp, and Joique Bell has easily outshined the former second round pick on the field. With the addition of Reggie Bush into the bakfield, I would stay away from Leshoure.
6. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings - Jennings is coming off an injury plagued season, seeing him play in just eight games. He looked lost late in the season, and with a quartet of young receivers behind him — and Ponders inconsistancy — it doesn’t bode well for Jennings this season.
7. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears - It’s been a rough inaugural preseason for Bennett and the Bears, slowly showing his frustrations with the lack of early targets. His early ADP is 126, dropping from 113 before the preseason. With Cutler’s willingness to press vertically, and Matt Forte continuing to catch out of the backfield, better options remain at tight end then Bennett at this point.
Note: All average draft positions (ADP) found through FantasyFootballCalculator.com