Boom-or-bust picks for 2014

Foster among players who could win you your league -- or ruin your team

Originally Published: August 22, 2014
By Mike Clay | Pro Football Focus

Arian FosterAP Photo/David J. PhillipWhen healthy, Arian Foster is one of the most dynamic running backs in the league.

They say fantasy leagues can't be won in the first few rounds but they can be lost. Those who started their 2013 draft with Jamaal Charles, Jimmy Graham and Peyton Manning would beg to differ.

Picking out the biggest boom/bust players in the league can be a tricky exercise. After all, there are no safe bets in fantasy football. How good do you think owners whose first three picks last season were Doug Martin, Julio Jones and Randall Cobb felt? That warm feeling didn't last long.

Still, the only way to maximize your chances of winning a league title is to assess the upside and risk of each and every player. I've identified one player from each of the first eight rounds -- based on ESPN.com average draft position (ADP) -- who fits the profile of a boom/bust producer.

Put another way, these players, for better or worse, will decide the fate of your season. Select them at your own risk.

Mike Clay

Fantasy Football
• Director and managing editor at Pro Football Focus Fantasy
• Writes the weekly "Fantasy 32" column on ESPN Insider