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2020 Fantasy Football Top 10 Riskiest Players

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Welcome back fantasy nerds, with your drafts fast approaching we wanted to share with you the 2020 Fantasy Football Top 10 Riskiest Players in fantasy football. There could be a multitude of reasons why the player risky. It could be injury risk, good player stuck on a bad team, or the player just had a lack of production the previous season.

Don’t get me wrong though, this isn’t just an article of players I’m staying away from because of the risk. In my opinion, just because a player is risky, that doesn’t mean that player doesn’t have an upside.

But while I’m drafting I tend to stay away from the risky players in the first couple of rounds. Then I will attack the riskier players in the later rounds. So if those players do bust you shouldn’t have to worry about it too bad because you didn’t spend significant draft capital on them.

Although there are a couple of risky players who I am interested in taking if they fall my way in the early rounds. But If you were to draft one of the risky players in the first two rounds, and they bust, it could tank your whole season. Now let’s get into some of those names in the 2020 Fantasy Football Top 10 Riskiest Players list

2020 Fantasy Football Top 10 Riskiest Players

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10. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

I wanted to make sure that Chris Carson made this list because of a few different things. First off, his season was cut short due to a fractured hip sustained in Week 15 that required surgery this offseason. He seems to be on track to be there Week 1 but you never know with an injury like that.

The Seahawks also brought in insurance in the form of Carlos Hyde in case Carson isn’t fully healthy in Week 1. Even if Carson is healthy for the beginning of the season, I expect Hyde to still have a role and that will cut into Carson’s production.

He is currently going as the 15th running back off the board – high RB2 territory – which is pretty risky.

9. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

When Keenan Allen is on the field he has been the model for consistency in the last few years. He had seen at least 135 targets each of the last three seasons. You’re probably wondering why he’s on this list then right?

Well, Philip Rivers has moved on to Indianapolis and they replaced him with Tyrod Taylor, who hasn’t been able to produce a WR1 at any point in his nine-year career. Also with that change at quarterback, I expect the Chargers to rely heavily on their running game and very solid defense.

If they also happen to hand the keys over to Justin Herbert this season, I don’t expect that to help Allen’s situation either since Herbert is so raw.

Allen is currently going as WR25 which isn’t a horrible price tag but is still risky nonetheless.

8. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mike Evans has finished as top 10 wide receiver four out of the past six seasons. That was on the back of massive target numbers while Jameis Winston was his quarterback.

You may think that he should have a better opportunity now that they have a better quarterback with Tom Brady, but I don’t believe so. Evans averaged 17.3 yards per catch last season and had 30 deep ball targets which ranked 4th in the league.

At this point in Brady’s career, I don’t see Brady bombing the ball downfield to Evans as much as Winston did. The team will also be better as a whole which means fewer pass attempts for Brady and fewer targets for Evans.

Evans is currently going as WR8, which I want zero part of. I’m letting someone else draft Evans this season.

7. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire couldn’t have been drafted in a better place than Kansas City. Although the Chiefs are coming off of a Super Bowl victory, they had a hole in their offense that they thought they needed to address so they decided to use first-round draft capital on CEH.

Damien Williams was supposed to come back after a good Super Bowl performance but decided to opt-out of the 2020 season because of the risk of COVID-19. So it looks like all systems go for CEH.

The only that worries me is the lack of offseason for CEH amid the pandemic, and since he’s a rookie, they may want to ease him in a bit.

He is currently going as RB10 which is borderline 1st round draft capital. I’m okay with drafting CEH there, but just know that it does come with some risk.


 6. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Once Miles Sanders took over the backfield last season when Jordan Howard‘s season was cut short because of injury, he looked like a stud at times. Four out of his last six games he saw 20 plus touches a game. In three out of those six games, he had over 100 total yards.

The risk that comes into play for Sanders is the fact that Doug Peterson has always liked using a running back by committee approach. So we‘re not sure if Sanders will ever get the full workload that we want him to have. The only competition he does have is Boston Scott and Corey Clement. I don’t see either of those guys stealing much work from Sanders.

He is currently going as RB12, which I’m okay with. Just know that there is risk there and that he may not get the full workload.

 5. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook is a phenomenal running back when he is on the field. Unfortunately, he makes this list because of injuries slowing his career. He tore his labrum in 2014 while he was at FSU. He then tore his ACL in his rookie season in 2017. After that, he strained his hamstring in 2018 causing him to miss five games, resulting in a disappointing season.

Last year was the Cook was able to play in 14 games last year and was able to finish as RB5 on the season. If Cook can stay healthy, I don’t see why he can’t return as top-five running back again. He is currently going as RB6.

4. Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Todd Gurley is one of the most interesting fantasy football players there is. He has gone from being the absolute no doubt first overall pick in drafts to being drafted as a mid-tier RB2 because of an arthritic knee.

He is now walking into a situation in Atlanta where it looks like he has the opportunity to be a workhorse back if his knee allows him too. The only other running backs on the roster are Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison, and Ito Smith. We have seen what Smith and Hill can do, and they’re just mere depth pieces.

Gurley is currently going as RB16, which could be a bargain if his knee holds up.

3. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski is the second Buccaneer to make this List. Last time we saw Gronkowski on the field, he looked like a shell of himself. He has been so banged up during his career that he felt like he needed to take last season off to rest his body.

After taking a season off, he is reunited with Brady in Tampa Bay. However, it is a crowded tight end room with O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate still being there. At this point in his career, I don’t expect Gronkowski to be much more than a red-zone threat and a run blocker, because he is a fantastic run blocker.

Gronk is currently going as TE10. I’m letting someone else draft him and taking a younger option like Mike Gesicki or Jonnu Smith later in drafts.

2. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Last season Amari Cooper finished as the WR10 in half-point PPR formats. If you look at his numbers, they aren’t bad. He had 79 receptions on 119 targets with 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns. Unfortunately, Cooper still found ways to frustrate his fantasy owners.

Cooper was very boom-or-bust last season. He had nine games where he had over 80 yards receiving. But he also had seven games where he had under 50 yards. Cooper has all the talent in the world, but for some reason, he would just disappear some weeks and be completely non-existent.

With the addition of CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup looking to build on the good season he had last year, I expect much of the same from Cooper this season.

Cooper is currently going as WR1o which is WR1 territory, I don’t want someone who is that boom-or-bust as my WR1.

1. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray is getting a ton of hype this offseason, maybe rightfully so. The Cardinals added a top-five wide receiver target in the NFL, DeAndre Hopkins to help him out. He is also entering his second season under Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, which many believe gives him a good chance to have a breakout season.

However, Murray is currently being drafted as QB5, even though he finished as QB12 on a points per game basis last season. I am getting Baker Mayfield vibes from Murray this offseason. Mayfield was being drafted as a top-five quarterback last season and he was a complete bust.



It is very possible Murray is a bust as well. Murray averaged fewer yards per game and threw for fewer touchdowns than Gardner Minshew last season. Minshew also played two fewer games than Murray. While I wouldn’t rate him as similar to Minshew this year, I would temper my expectations.


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About Dylan Clemons

Husband, Father, Fantasy Sports writer, for Fantasy Six Pack. When I’m not writing about Football, I enjoy bowling, golfing, and fishing, and of course having a few beers while doing those things! If you need any Fantasy advice, DM on twitter and ill always answer you back.

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