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Fantasy Football Bust Candidates: De’Von Achane, DJ Moore, Jakobi Meyers (2024)

Fantasy Football Bust Candidates: De’Von Achane, DJ Moore, Jakobi Meyers (2024)

With the NFL Draft on the horizon, there will be a lot of change in the fantasy football landscape in the coming weeks. Some players will be worth bypassing because of the potential changes that could happen in the draft and others do not stack up as good picks. Below are a few best ball players to avoid.

Best Ball Players to Avoid

De’Von Achane (RB – MIA)

There is no denying that De’Von Achane had some fantastic highs in his 2023 rookie season. His 51.3 PPR-point game in Week 2 was the third-highest amount any player scored in an individual week last season and he was the only rookie skill position player to score over 33 points in a single game. That kind of ceiling is incredibly appealing but Achane is currently being drafted as the RB6 on Underdog with an average draft position (ADP) of 19.6 — a very steep price for a player who averaged 12.7 points per game from Week 11 onwards. The knock on Achane coming out of college was that his 5-foot-9, 188-pound frame was too small to hold up in the NFL. After playing over 30% of the snaps in just eight games, it’s hard to argue that isn’t true. With Raheem Mostert signing an extension, it’s clear Achane isn’t a three-down back, but he’s being drafted like he is.

DJ Moore (WR – CHI)

The Bears sought to bring in more talent to their receiver room to let Caleb Williams presumably hit the ground running if they elect to draft him first overall. Adding Keenan Allen is excellent for Williams but horrendous for DJ Moore, who is being drafted as the WR15 at pick 22.8. Allen is WR27 with an ADP of 43.2. Allen is fresh off his best season in years, leading the league with 11.5 targets per game. Allen will likely move into Chicago’s slot most often, allowing him the easier catches and forcing Moore to the outside where he might catch more highlight reel balls. They have a lower probability catch rate and will be tough for a rookie quarterback to make, even one as promising as Williams. Allen was the half-PPR WR3 in 2023, while Moore was the WR10. Neither are particularly bad options, but at cost, it’s hard to argue for Moore ahead of Allen, not to mention the Bears continually get linked to a top-three wide receiver in this draft.

Jakobi Meyers (WR – LV)

The Raiders limped to the end of the season with some feisty performances that almost forced the hand of ownership to give Antonio Pierce a longer-term contract. They also knew that depending on Aidan O’Connell as a long-term option might not be the answer and sought to bring in competition in the form of Gardner Minshew. Neither of those players might be enough to sustain their wide receivers. Minshew ranked 23rd in catchable pass rate and O’Connell ranked 32nd. Both players averaged 197 passing yards per game, despite their defenses often putting them in pass-heavy scripts. In 2023, the Raiders had three games where both Jakobi Meyers and Davante Adams finished inside the top 24 of fantasy wide receivers in the same week, with one of those coming with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. Everything Antonio Pierce has said suggests running the ball will continue to be the mainstay of their identity. Meyers might pop up with the occasional useful week, but at pick 105.7, it’s in a range where the running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends are more interesting.

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