Eddie Lacy began his career with two straight thousand-yard seasons. But his legacy will live on as one of the biggest teases in fantasy football. In an era before body positivity Lacy was known as Feastmode online. Year after year, fantasy owners would talk themselves back into Lacy, and he never returned to form. The love was so real; Reddit posters were considering adding him to lineups as recently as three years ago.
History is instructive, and as fantasy players, we have to learn from our mistakes. Therefore we present the Annual Eddie Lacy Undraftables. The top five players who have burned fantasy owners. Don’t let these players’ highlight tapes set to that Fort Minor song fool you. These guys aren’t worth the risk.
1. Joe Mixon —
We’re not going to do it again; we’re not taking Joe Mixon in the first round. The Bengals RB has yet to play 16 total games or score more than 10 TD’s in a single season. He’s a 1970’s Ford Mustang with a Pinto engine. We will choose to lose without Mixon rather than win with him.
2. DeSean Jackson —
The week before you’re most desperate, DeSean Jackson will catch an 80-yard bomb from new Rams teammate Matt Stafford. This one catch will make you think, “Hey! Maybe DeSean can do it again, remember his punt return against the Giants in 2010”. He won’t; Jackson has 23 catches on 36 targets for 395 yards in the past two seasons combined.
3. Kerryon Johnson —
Kerryon Johnson has remained fantasy-relevant solely so people can name their fantasy team “Keep Calm and Kerryon.” The Lions recently cut Johnson, and I’m sure football fans rushed to their computers to tweet “Kerryon my wayward son.” Kerryon averages only 3.5 YPC since his rookie season. Don’t draft players based on pun potential.
4. Corey Davis —
If you haven’t played Corey Davis fresh off the waiver wire, you haven’t played fantasy football. Nothing says a week 13 matchup like moving Will Fuller to IR to pick up Davis. Davis joins a crowded New York Jets WR room this year. No need to spend a draft pick for a player who will end up on waivers.
5. Everyone on the New England Patriots —
Bill Belichick doesn’t care about your fantasy football team. There are zero Patriots skill players in the top 150 point scorers of 2020. Cam Newton passed for 8 TD’s and 10 INT’s last year. Belichick feels set to take from his father Steve who coached at the Naval Academy. They’re going to be running the Wing-T and the Wishbone. Unless you play in a FB premium league, stay away from New England.