There are some players in fantasy football that are perfectly fine to draft if the price is right.

As I wrote recently, you should avoid taking Patrick Mahomes for a variety of reasons including that the star QB is being taken way too high after an incredible MVP season. But if a bunch of rounds have gone by and he’s still there, go for it.

This is a list where I’m just not comfortable taking these players anywhere. There’s also sometimes a feeling when you draft a big name and then you can’t drop them off your roster in case one of your opponents scoops them up and watches them explode. Hopefully, this helps you avoid that situation entirely.

1. RB LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

His ADP, per Fantasy Pros, is 104th overall, which isn’t terrible. But even then, I’m not touching him there. He’s 31 now, in a backfield with ageless wonder Frank Gore and promising rookie Devin Singletary and there are concerns about the Bills’ offensive line. No thanks.

2. WR Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders

Speaking of ADP: He’s at 22nd overall. As of Monday, we have no idea what’s going on with him as his ongoing helmet saga continues. Maybe that changes later in the offseason, but even then, there are also concerns about his fit with Derek Carr.

3. RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Fortunate favors the bold, particularly in fantasy. But I’m not bold enough to spend what will undoubtedly be a first-round or even a third-round pick on Gurley after what we saw last year and the concerns about his knee this offseason. Darrell Henderson will eat into his workload, too. Even news like this won’t sway me:

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4. Any of the top quarterbacks

Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, even Baker Mayfield? I have good reasons why.

5. WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

His position in drafts will drop because of torn ligaments in his ankle, but even after he comes back, I have concerns about health and Andy Dalton.

6. RB Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

If you draft him, you have to leave him on your bench as he serves his eight-game suspension. By the time he comes back, Nick Chubb could be among the NFL’s best running backs.

7. TE T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

Yes, tight end is shallow as heck. Yes, Hockenson might be a future star after the Lions took him with the eighth overall choice in the 2019 draft. But should you depend on a rookie tight end in fantasy? Heck. No. The number of rookie stars at that position is low (Evan Engram is only on that list because the Giants were decimated by injuries in 2017) and free agent pickup Jesse James is there.

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