|Better than Brees? C'mon.|
But there are a lot of guys who didn't make this list because we either don't exactly hate them (Chris Johnson) or there isn't enough tape on them (Andrew Luck) to draw a proper conclusion. But we've heard from readers about players they love to hate so we thought we'd append this list with a couple of days of players we just aren't sure we completely trust. We'll do four today and close out the list tomorrow.
Jimmy Graham - OK, we totally trust this guy. But did you know that in many leagues the Saints' tight end is getting drafted above Drew Brees? That's like drafting the peanut butter part of a Reece's Cup before you take the chocolate. Peanut butter is great, but c'mon, chocolate is the clear headliner. We're always leery of tight ends in the first round, and more than a little amazed that any tight end could go before Rob Gronkowski. But someone taking Graham in the 1st is reaching and it's not going to be us.
Jamaal Charles - At his best Charles is an elite running back who in 2010 rushed for almost 1500 yards on only 230 carries while he unevenly split time with RB emeritus Thomas Jones. That's an astounding 6.4 yards per carry over 230 possessions. Yeah, he also had almost 500 receiving yards and a total of 8 TDs. Unfortunately his ACL went on strike at the beginning of the 2011 season and owners who had drafted him highly were left holding the bag. He's a risky play, but in many leagues he's moved to the top of the 2nd round despite the rave reviews his new RB mate Peyton Hillis is getting. We'd wait until the 3rd.
All of the New England Patriots' offense not named Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd - Tom Brady has so many weapons he is going to throw for 6 million yards this year, and only Brandon Lloyd really stretches the field for him. Beyond that we've got Wes Welker in the slot, Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez , Visanthe Shianco and Alex Silvestro all lined up at tight end, and a bunch of role players like Deion Branch, Danny Woodhead and Julian Edelman who are playing underneath coverages. Who's it going to be? Who's going to get fed in this system? Our money is on Welker and Gronk, but we don't feel confident about that.
Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD is entering his 7th NFL season. In running back years he'll be 55 (not to be confused with Steven Jackson who is 55 in human years - and carbon datable in RB years) which is a red flag from the get go, but then he misses most of training camp and the preseason due to a hold-out and you can see where the ground his massive little legs are treading on gets pretty shaky. CJ2K held out last year and it ruined his fantasy season, and we think CJ2K is a more prime cut than MJD.