Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Do Not Draft List.
Fantasy managers are always searching for the breakout or sleeper to help win the championship. Another component in winning your league is to find the player not to draft. These players are not necessarily bad players but players that you overpaid for in your quest for the title.
The Fantasy Six Pack writers already warned you on which quarterbacks and running backs not to draft. Find out which three wide receivers to avoid drafting in the 2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Do Not Draft List.
2021 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Do Not Draft List
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Will Fuller, Miami Dolphins
Will Fuller is coming off a career year. He achieved career highs with 53 receptions, 879 yards, and eight touchdowns through 11 games while being the number one option for Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
Fuller decided to leave the Texans and sign a one-year prove-it deal with the Miami Dolphins. After that, he goes to catching passes from Watson to the unproven Tua Tagovailoa. He will also be fighting the likes of first-round pick Jaylen Waddle, DeVante Parker, and tight-end Mike Gesicki for targets.
His season was cut short due to being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, and he will also miss the first game of the 2021 season for the Dolphins. Speaking of missing games, Fuller has yet to play an entire 16 game season with a laundry list of injuries. This should make Fantasy managers hesitate to trust selecting Fuller this draft season.
Fuller possesses game-breaking speed, which should help the Dolphins offense, but he is also your classic boom or bust Fantasy player. His booms will help win your matchups, while his multiple busts will kill your playoff chances. Fuller is playing with uncertainty at quarterback and fighting for targets in the Dolphins. Unfortunately, his Fantasy projections do not look rosy, and he is a wide receiver that I am avoiding for the 2021 season.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy managers might be surprised with the inclusion of Tyler Lockett on a Do Not Draft List. Lockett finished as the WR9 last season in Fantasy, scoring 100 catches on 132 targets with 1,054 yards and ten touchdowns. It was the second consecutive season he finished over the 1,000-yard milestone. Additionally, he joined fellow wideout D.K. Metcalf to become only the second pair of Seahawks receivers in the team's history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
The issue with Lockett is his immense inconsistency. His overall results make Fantasy managers want to have him in their lineups. However, having Lockett in your Fantasy lineups will drive you mad. He was quite disappointed last season despite the spike weeks he enjoyed in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys when he had nine receptions for 100 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 7 versus the Arizona Cardinals, he went off for 15 receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
He ended up scoring only three touchdowns from Week 8 to the rest of the season and didn't have a 100-yard game for the remainder of the season. As a result, he scored less than seven Fantasy points in eight of his last ten weeks. Any way you slice it, his futility cost many Fantasy managers their chance on a Fantasy championship.
Even though the Seahawks won their division last season with a 12-4 record, head coach Pete Carroll wants to run the ball more instead of letting quarterback Russell Wilson cook. Last season, the Seahawks owned a 42.2%/57.8% Run/Pass Ratio. Carroll wants the reverse of those ratios, diminishing opportunities for the Seahawks' passing attack. In addition, it's challenging to trust Lockett with his massive inconsistency.
His spike weeks are terrific but picking those weeks are worse odds than picking the lottery winning numbers. Lockett is currently being drafted as the WR23, and I can't see myself willing to use that type of draft capital on a wide receiver I don't trust.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Another wide receiver finished in the top ten, with Adam Thielen finishing as the WR8 last season with 74 receptions for 925 yards and a team-leading 14 touchdowns.
If you owned Thielen last season, you were still skeptical about his mammoth touchdown production. His 12.9 % touchdown rate on targets is not sustainable. Yet, he relied on his touchdown production to be Fantasy relevant last season. I compare Thielen to goal-line backs who come in for those short rushes near the goal line to be Fantasy worthy.
We saw Thielen and breakout rookie Justin Jefferson both finish in the top eight among Fantasy receivers. The Vikings' offense showcased Jefferson and saw Thielen as an inconsistent option in the passing game. He finished with seven or fewer Fantasy points in three of his last five games. His role in this offense has dropped to a WR2 with a low ceiling.
Everything lined up perfectly for Thielen last season in a run-first offense. He caught a touchdown in every five catches last season. Unfortunately, the touchdown regression will be real this season. The drop in touchdown rate and targets push Thielen down lower than the WR22 that he is currently being drafted and a wide receiver that I will not draft this season.
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