5 fantasy wide receivers who could bust in 2017

Missing on wide receiver picks is an easy way to have a losing fantasy season. Brandon Marianne Lee identifies five bust candidates.

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5 fantasy wide receivers who could bust in 2017

Picking five potential busts at the running back position was a breeze. I thought the same could be said for wide receivers, but I was wrong.

Sure, I could tell you that Nelson Agholor will be a bust, but considering he was PFF’s lowest-graded wide receiver two years running, that would be cheating.

On tax day, I’m all about honesty. I don’t want a scary person in a suit knocking on my door.

So I dug. And here are five fantasy relevant wide receivers who are potential busts for the 2017 season.

All ADP data comes from FantasyFootballCalculator.com

Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots (Overall ADP: 28, 12th WR)

The Patriots traded for Cooks and the fantasy world erupted. Half of the industry worried about Cooks’ drop in opportunities after the move, and half thought he would be the next Randy Moss. I’m in the middle. Last season, Drew Brees averaged 42.06 attempts per game, while Tom Brady averaged 36. In terms of team points, New Orleans was second in the league with 469 points scored during the 2016 season, while the Patriots were third with 441. Cooks will go from one high-scoring offense to the next, but the balance between the passing and running game is a slight change. However, Cooks is not Moss. Cooks is very fast, but he’s only 5-foot-10. Moss was just as fast, but 6-foot-4. Also, Moss didn’t have to compete for targets with Rob Gronkowski. The only time the two of them shared the field was during Gronkowski’s rookie season, and Moss was only played four games as a Patriot that year. Signs do not point to Cooks being a total bust, but his ADP is incredibly high when you consider the red flags.

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

  • Chad

    I think you could argue that Benjamin dropped the 63-941-7 line coming off a ACL tear and with Cam having a bad year. I think there is a lot of upside with a likely Cam bounce back and a fully healthy Kelvin Benjamin.
    I think Robinson gets a bounce back from last year probably somewhere in the middle of the last two seasons but problem is you have to pay full price for that.
    Totally agree with you on Cooks and Hill.

    • MHarr1s

      Agreed. Bortles is key for AR. I think Bortles is more 2015 than he is 2016. IF, the Jags dont give up too quickly. Where do these ADPs come from, who is drafting, analysts?

    • Brandon Marianne Lee

      Thanks for reading! I’m worried with the shoulder surgery that Cam won’t bounce back. It’s much more about Cam than Benjamin. And yeah, I don’t think Robinson will be a pure bust, but less productive that what his price would justify. We’ll see. It’s early!

  • Bryce Petray

    Now that the draft has happened. And we know from various sources that Mike McCarthy LOVES Montgomery. Assuming his pass pro gets better as it should, what do you think of him as an RB in a PPR?