Every season there are a few offenses that are just a death knell for skill players in fantasy football. Whether it’s due to a subpar quarterback, a bad offensive line, or simply bad play calling, there are always a few teams that fall into this category. This article should help you avoid drafting players that find themselves in bad fantasy situations.
The Titans make my f*cking skin crawl as a fantasy football player. So many times I have drafted Marcus Mariota thinking that his big breakout was on the horizon. A dual threat QB with high level accuracy should be a top-10 fantasy option so long as they are healthy right? Well, even when he isn’t nursing a bizarre injury Mariota seems incapable of throwing a pass more than 5 yards in the right direction. While I believe in the high volume receiving talent of players like Dion Lewis and Adam Humphries for PPR formats, Mariota’s presence all but ruins their value as well as their fellow pass catcher’s values in any other format. As for players like Corey Davis and Derrick Henry who have shown elite talent in small bursts, I will continue to avoid drafting them simply due to the inconsistent offensive flow displayed by Tennessee over the past few seasons.
I am as intrigued as I am terrified by players on the Bills offense, as it is truly one of the most bizarre fantasy situations I have ever seen. With a dynamic fantasy player at QB (Josh Allen) one would think that the skill players on this team would have some fantasy relevance right? Well thanks to Allen’s wild accuracy issues, his passing has yet to reach a point where he can use it to elevate his pass catchers. While Cole Beasley has some potential in PPR leagues and John Brown could break out some long touchdowns, the majority of the receivers in Buffalo should be irrelevant due to the expected run-heavy offensive approach. As if things couldn’t be any more confusing, Allen represents the most consistent rushing threat on the roster, as the four backs on the roster (Lesean McCoy, Frank Gore, T.J Yeldon, and Devin Singletary) are all deeply flawed due to age (McCoy and Gore), inconsistency (Yeldon), and lack of pass catching ability (Singletary). Without a clear lead back, investing in any of these players could be a very frustrating situation as there will likely be a different fantasy relevant player from this committee each week.
Once again the Dolphins find themselves without a franchise QB, lacking a clear lead back, and with a roster muddled by a bunch of mediocre receivers. Unless Ryan Fitzpatrick (or Josh Rosen) becomes a pro bowl caliber passer, this offense should be among the least exciting in the NFL. While Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage could make for a sneaky good running back tandem, neither will be more than a RB2 for your fantasy team unless one becomes a clear bellcow for the offense. Per usual, the receiving core will consist of Dolphin legends Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, and Jakeem Grant, who seem to love sharing the role of number one receive. One player that I actually do like from this group is slot receiver Albert Wilson, who I believe could fill that Jarvis Landry role for the offense, soaking up a bunch of targets from the slot.
If last year was any indication, the Lions have a chance to be really bad on offense this year. While Matt Stafford’s struggles can be chalked up to a nagging back injury, one has to wonder whether or not his playmakers can help him return to fantasy relevance as a passer. There is a lot of potential in this offense, with dynamic playmakers at every level. If Kerryon Johnson, Kenny Golladay, and T.J Hockenson all play up to their full potential this season, I may very well end up eating my words. However, I have my doubts about Darrell Bevell’s offense and Stafford’s health over the course of a full season.
New York Giants
Whether it’s Eli Manning or Daniel Jones starting, the Giants should experience a great deal of struggles trying to move the ball through the air. Outside of accomplished slot receiver Golden Tate (who just happens to be suspended for four games) and do-it-all back Saquon Barkley there are no other reliable playmakers in the passing game (no disrespect to Sterling Shepherd but I just don’t think he is a very reliable fantasy receiver). This could be easily one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2019.
Washington has clutter at virtually every position, which could lead to a lot of turnover throughout the season. There is a good chance that we see three or four different starting QBs once again, a frustrating committed approach at running back, and an inconsistent group of receivers that will almost certainly be tweaked throughout the year. Unless someone like Derrius Guice or Adrian Peterson can emerge as a bellcow for the offense, I see no surefire fantasy starters on the roster. With injury prone Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, and Jordan Reed set to be the top targets in the passing game, reliability is almost nonexistent for fantasy purposes in Washington.