They say you cannot win your league in your fantasy draft. However, I firmly believe you can lose it. Spending high draft capital on a player that turns out to be a complete bust can be detrimental to your team. This is even true for wide receivers, with the value on pass catchers continuing to rise, due to scoring format or league structure. So, it is important to do your research and scout these players. Lucky for you, I have done some of this scouting already. These are three wide receivers that I believe could be fantasy football busts in 2020.
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WR Fantasy Football Busts
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
ADP: WR13 | 33rd Overall
How many times does Mike McCarthy need to call Michael Gallup a WR1 before Jerry Jones gets pissed? McCarthy loves Gallup in camp, but has been pretty quiet about Cooper. This, combined with the rookie CeeDee Lamb also getting praise, makes me worried about Cooper’s fantasy value. I certainly don’t want him as a WR1.
There is also the issue of him not showing up on the road. Last season, Cooper averaged 108.6 yards per game at home. On the road, he averaged just 40. While this has to be at least slightly flukey, I’m not risking it at this ADP. Amari Cooper is #1 on my fantasy football busts list.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
ADP: WR14 | 35th Overall
Is Thielen good enough to perform at a top level when he is the clear top receiver? I think so, but I don’t believe he can on the outside, where the Vikings are having him line up. Thielen is better in the slot, but Minnesota is reportedly having rookie Justin Jefferson play there.
So, we are seeing Thielen run on the outside again this season, where he’s not as effective. He struggles when pressed and doesn’t have blazing speed or length. The Vikings receiver thrives when he can rely on his route running. For this reason, I think he will take a step back this year, along with the entire Vikings team. He should’t kill your fantasy team by any means, but he is closer to a middle-to-low-end WR2. Adam Thielen is #2 on my fantasy football busts list.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
ADP: WR28 | 69th Overall
I hung onto Green in a couple leagues for far too long last season, so it hurts me too see him here as well. He’s already hurt his hamstring during camp. Green recently began easing himself back into practice, but he even said it’s not fully 100% yet, and I’m not going to take draft him if he’s coming back before he’s fully good to go given how injury prone he has been.
There’s enough other talent in this receiving corps that the Bengals do not need to push Green, yet here we are. In my opinion, it’s not if he gets hurt, it’s when. There are other receivers in this area of the draft with upside that I would rather take.
Aside from the inevitable injury, we really don’t know how good Green is anymore. It’s been awhile since he has taken the field, and there are too many question marks here to have any level of confidence in the Bengals veteran. AJ Green is #3 on my fantasy football busts list.
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