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Fantasy football players to avoid: 10 toxic fantasy football players for 2014?

Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning
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Fantasy football players to avoid this season might include some surprises. A “toxic 10” fantasy football players were revealed on Yahoo! Friday (Aug. 22), showing that there might be some risky selections in the first few rounds. According to the report, one of the key players to avoid is Peyton Manning. Several reasons are given, but it begins with the assumption that he will regress and it ends with the depth at the quarterback position. That depth hurts his value quite a bit.

Running back Trent Richardson has a lot to prove with Colts.
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Several running backs unsurprisingly make the list and they both had disappointing 2013 NFL seasons. Trent Richardson of the Indianapolis Colts and Arian Foster of the Houston Texans may have drug down quite a few teams and owners last year. The risk is there again this season, with the possibility that Richardson might be as bad as he looked and Foster coming off a major surgery. Suggesting these players be avoided isn’t too much of a stretch.

Another highly talented player that it might be good to avoid in drafts is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He will be a high pick, but the risk of injury is really high for a selection in the first three rounds. If he and Tom Brady can hook up, though, he could really help carry a team. The other receivers on this list should be taken in later rounds and are Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers, Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills.

The list was finished off with Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball who might not be worth a pick in the first two rounds and receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns who could be suspended for the entire year. It is also risky to try to draft Johnny Manziel and stash him on the bench, because he could end up sitting out the entire season if the Browns see that as a solution to his development.

Then there is an interesting tip as it is suggested that the value of the Seattle Seahawks defense will be gauged too high. Last season, they had the best defense in the NFL with 44 sacks, 28 interceptions, and four defensive touchdowns. Can they possibly match that in 2014? When it comes to fantasy football risks, this might still be a great defense to have, but not in the first six rounds of the draft.