- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
In fantasy football, every draft pick is important and each decision can be critical to your 2006 success. So you don't want to spend a selection at any point on a player who simply won't live up to expectations this season. Some guys won't flourish in new situations, can be brought down statistically by their supporting cast, or are simply overrated. For various reasons, here's a complete listing of the players most likely to disappoint fantasy owners this season.
WR Joe Jurevicius, Cleveland: He enjoyed the best year of his career in Seattle, as he stayed healthy and hauled in 10 TD passes. But Jurevicius was an outstanding cog in a balanced offensive machine with the Seahawks. He'll likely be less productive as a regularly featured receiver and prime target for the Browns. Jurevicius could really struggle in a larger role in Cleveland, as he'll face top cover corners often, especially with the health of Braylon Edwards (knee) still in question. Other than a pair of 100-yard games last year, Jurevicius never cracked the 65-yard mark in any other games last season. He will regret leaving the comfort of the Seattle offense and should not be drafted as a fantasy starter.
RB Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis: The Colts drafted Joseph Addai because they need a permanent fixture in place of the departed Edgerrin James, and it's just a matter of time before the rookie takes over the job on a full-time basis. Rhodes has dealt with knee and shoulder problems in the past, and he's not built to be a regular ball carrier at 5-9, 203. Initially, he is expected to share carries with Addai, and when the newcomer shows he can handle more of a full load, Rhodes will likely be relegated to second-team duty again. Rhodes isn't cut out for extended playing time, and he's better off being a change-of-pace back because of his speed. Rhodes was a successful starter for 10 games in 2001, but he is less explosive than he was five years ago.
The players who are expected to be the biggest fantasy disappointments in 2006.