By Brendan Semon
July 27, 2021
There is no position that troubles people more in Fantasy Football than wide receiver. Luckily for you, we've helped narrow the list of players to select as these are the three wide receivers that you should avoid using a draft pick on in your PPR Fantasy Football League to ensure that you can gain the edge on your father in law.
No. 3 -- Jaylen Waddle (Miami Dolphins)
The University of Alabama superstar was drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft to the Miami Dolphins and has been reunited with his former quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Jaylen Waddle may have incredible talent as a wide receiver, but the risk of this selection is due to the uncertainty of Tua's ability to deliver the ball. In 2020, he tallied 186 pass completions on 290 attempts (64.1 CMP%) for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. The NFL has yet to provide a track record of success for left-handed quarterbacks and it will lead to immense caution in regards to drafting Jaylen Waddle.
No. 2 -- T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)
Ever since 2016, players in Fantasy Football have been drafting T.Y. Hilton as early as the first round, but the elite wideout has lost not just a step, but even a stride. The soon-to-be 32-year old who once relied on his track-like speed to dominate can no longer stand toe-to-toe with some of the top corners in the NFL. Moreover, the last time he played a full NFL season was back in 2017 as he's been injury ridden since then. There's far too much at stake in your PPR League for this pick. You can't risk losing to your accountant in Week 10 because T.Y. Hilton missed a game due to yet another injury. Tom already has a big enough ego as is, having a larger office than you, so don't give him another reason to brag. Avoid Hilton and save yourself the trouble.
No. 1 -- Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)
If there is one player you should avoid drafting in your PPR Fantasy Football League, it's Michael Thomas from the New Orleans Saints. Since his incredible performance in 2019, where he set the record for most receptions in an NFL season (149), Thomas has taken a deep nosedive. He spent most of the 2020 season on the bench nursing an ankle injury that has now lingered into the 2021 season, which will likely lead him to miss the start of the season. To make matters worse, Drew Brees has hung up the cleats as he enters retirement, meaning that Thomas no longer has a reliable passer to give him the ball. Because of a nagging injury, low confidence, and not knowing who will be the starting quarterback for the Saints, you must avoid Michael Thomas at all costs.
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