Here we check out some second-year players to avoid for 2021. They might have some strong weeks, but generally, they will frustrate. Either their struggles will be marked down as rookie difficulty, or there will have been a change to the pieces around them. However, these players are ones that still have question marks around them, and you should ideally avoid them for your drafts.
That’s not to say you just shouldn’t roster any of them, but don’t get sucked in and reach for them!
Zack Moss (RB, BUF)
The issue with Moss is Josh Allen. When the ball gets into the redzone, it’s Allen that takes the ball. That immediately limits the value that Moss can bring to your roster. Combining that with the share of carries between Moss and Devin Singletary, and there isn’t much to get excited about.
At his current ADP, he could be worth a selection as a flier. But it feels like he will awkwardly sit on your bench for the season, rather than being a starter for you.
K.J. Hamler (WR, DEN)
If there was an opportunity for Hamler to stake a claim to be part of the offense, it was last season when Courtland Sutton tore his ACL early in the season. But outside of two games in Week 9 & 10, he was barely involved in the offense.
With Sutton returning to the offense this season, and with Noah Fant taking a step forward, there simply aren’t enough targets for Hamler to be an effective receiver. Even if Jerry Jeudy or Courtland Sutton missed time, Tim Patrick has been the player that the coaching staff has looked to.
Van Jefferson (WR, LAR)
Trying to work out what the Rams are going to do with their roster is a constant question mark. The team drafted Jefferson last season, despite having Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as their locked-on starting receivers. That meant that Jefferson was likely to be the long-term rotation option, taking the place of Josh Reynolds.
However, despite the team moving on from Reynolds, the team brought in DeSean Jackson and drafted Tutu Atwell in the second round. With the competition, he has for getting on the field (let alone targets once he is on the field) Jefferson just can’t be considered.
Devin Duvernay (WR, BAL)
This was by far the easiest selection. Baltimore are a run-first team, meaning straight away there is a limitation to the available targets for the offense. Then, there are the offseason moves to consider. The team brought in Sammy Watkins in free agency, before adding Rashod Bateman in the first round of the draft (as well as a later selection of Tylan Wallace).
All of that really limits the ability of Duvernay to find his feet on the field too often in a meaningful (and reliable) way.
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