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7 Dynasty Players to Give Up On (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Sheldon Curtis | @sheldon__curtis | Featured Writer
Feb 14, 2020

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Are you a quitter? That word has an unfairly negative connotation in my opinion, as quitting some things (smoking or karaoke for instance) can be extremely beneficial. With the off-season starting up, I will discuss a few players you should quit on in this article. Whether they are on your team and you can recoup something in a trade or you move them down your rankings, I urge you to join me in giving up on these guys.

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Quarterback

Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN)
This was the hardest position to critique as I wanted to avoid the “Captain Obvious” choices such as Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, and Drew Brees. Their age and declining production should make most owners wary, and I’m not ready to quit on Baker Mayfield yet, although his second season was alarming. I went with Cousins for a few reasons: he’s 31 years of age now, so I don’t see him being on the front-nine of his career. He plays for a conservative coach who seems to only reluctantly open up the playbook. He’s wildly inconsistent with a range of almost 26 points between his season high/low scores. With eight games under 18 points in 2019, Cousins is a Sunday ulcer more often than not. His three +30-point games may be enough to entice some owners, but I don’t even want him as a backup on any of my teams going forward.

Running Back

Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ)
Whether you held onto Bell through his sabbatical or spent draft capital to acquire him last season, my condolences. Once thought to be a top-three RB, he barely qualified as top-20 in most formats last year. He’s still only 27, but he just didn’t look like the same dynamic back and may even qualify as Comeback Player of the Year with a decent season in 2020. I’ll also mention there were several reports stating that his coach didn’t even want the team to sign him, so that could also indicate he won’t be a focal point going forward.

Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL)
There are already whispers that Freeman will be cut this off-season. Also 27, Freeman only had seven weeks with 10 or more fantasy points in 2019, and his physical running style seems to have taken its toll on his body. If he is cut, I can envision a scenario where he is picked up to mentor a rookie running back (like Jordan Howard giving way to Miles Sanders last year), but it really feels like his feature back days are numbered. It looks like a good draft year for running backs and Atlanta could add one and move on from Freeman.

Wide Receiver

Julian Edelman (WR – NE)
Edelman was a top-ten wide receiver last year, but if anyone looks more likely to fall off a cliff, I can’t think of them. At 33, he’s questionable for the start of training camp with a shoulder injury (AC joint), and also endured injuries to his knee and ribs. It really was an admirable effort to battle through this amount of pain and still be that productive, but it just doesn’t seem sustainable. There is also the gigantic question of whether Tom Brady will be his quarterback next year. If Tom did return and the Patriots actually added some weapons to draw coverage from Edelman, I could see him being a solid number-three receiver, but that’s too many ifs.

Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE)
Will Beckham become the next ultra-talented wideout to slide down the scale from mercurial to erratic to rap star (or whatever Antonio Brown tried to be)? The core injury is a legitimate factor in an extremely disappointing season (out of the top-30), but his behavior is somewhat concerning. There is hope that a new coaching staff will be a positive factor, and if he’s healthy, Beckham is elite. I’m quitting him because I still think his price tag will be high (although his last elite season was 2016), and I also have concerns about Baker Mayfield after his surprising regression in year two. If you can somehow pay a WR3 price for him, that could be your best move of the year, but I’m expecting the cost to be high so I’m moving on.

T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND)
Hilton was a shell of himself last year and is now 30 years of age. As an aging primary target, he and Edelman are in a similar situation (especially if Brady does leave New England). Jacoby Brissett has his moments but is not a quarterback you want throwing the ball to your stud receiver. Hilton came in at an astonishing 60th in half-point PPR formats, and his calf injury is more of a warning than an excuse. He may rebound physically this year but, without a massive upgrade at quarterback, I’m out.

Tight End

O.J. Howard (TE – TB)
I was pretty high on Howard’s talent but avoided him last year due to concerns about Bruce Arians. I’ve always found Arians to be a bit funny (comparing John Brown to Marvin Harrison for instance), and many observers noted the lack of tight end production in his previous offenses. When I didn’t hear Arians compare Howard to Mike Ditka, I really moved him down my rankings, and he’ll stay there unless he’s moved in the off season. There have been rumors that this could happen, and if so I still think Howard can be a dominant player at a thin position. For now, I have to walk away and keep an eye on NFL transactions.

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