Top 10 high-risk fantasy picks

Gronk, Peyton among most volatile selections based on average draft position

Originally Published: August 13, 2014
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Rob GronkowskiAP PhotoRob Gronkowski's checkered injury history makes him a highly volatile fantasy player.

Rewind just about a year and consider players who were widely viewed as no-brainer first-round fantasy football picks: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, Ravens back Ray Rice, then-Browns tailback Trent Richardson and speedy Bills RB C.J. Spiller.

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But such is the nature of fantasy football. Injuries, regression in performance or perhaps unjustified faith in players can lead to moves we turn out to regret. We also can't avoid risk -- especially in redraft leagues. We have to view each season through a short-range lens, which sometimes means rolling the dice on players with substantial upside who also have question marks.

Here are the top 10 riskiest options among players who could be selected to fill key roles on fantasy teams (nine players and one defense) for the 2014 fantasy season.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.